As I mentioned in Sunday's post, this past weekend my husband and I went on our first snowshoeing adventure. Our local outdoor sports store, Fontana Sports, hosts a snowshoeing lesson at Vilas Park to support the nearby Henry Vilas Zoo. The Shoe the Zoo event seemed like the perfect opportunity to try snowshoeing.
We signed up for the 1:00pm lesson and arrived at the park ready to learn! We were provided rental snowshoes and, after a short lesson, headed out in two groups. Our guide wanted us to practice going up (and down) obstacles such as small hills, and we went out on the iceskating pond also.
Then we were free to explore the park.
It was an unseasonably warm Wisconsin afternoon, and neither of us wore coats. I made sure to layer on top with an athletic shirt, running hoodie, and down vest, with gloves and an ear warmer.
For pants, I wore my new Athleta Heathered Polartec® Power Stretch® 2 Tight, which I absolutely love.
I've been wearing them non-stop since I bought them a few weeks ago. They are definitely warm; I've worn them to walk the dogs when it was in the low to mid twenties outside and I was perfectly warm. The brushed material on the inside is not only warm, but also extremely comfortable. They make great lounging pants for that reason. They are a little long, but since I'm just over 5'2, that is to be expected.
The wide waistband and drawstring ensure that the pants fit where they are supposed to and do not move around; I've even lifted weights in them and I'm sure they would work well for winter running. I'm seriously considering buying another pair to get me through the rest of the winter!
Do you have a go-to winter clothing item?