● Budget choice:
Shirts - when you choose a shirt, remember to see if the material contains cotton. It is because cotton or blended cotton shirts are less suitable for long outdoor activities. Although it has a lot of styles and is comfortable to wear, cotton and denim dries slower than other materials. If it is a long day of high-intensity activities, cotton shirts will not dry easily. Once the clothes are soaked with sweat, you might get cold more easily, and suffer from temperature loss or high altitude sickness which expose yourself to danger.
Fleece jackets - fleece jackets are the most common, lightest, and relatively affordable clothes. But don't underestimate their functionality. Decathlon has different fleece from beginner to advanced - from the most comfortable and loose version, to the very technical type that is very fit and warm and suitable for intensive hiking. Fleece jacket is not only cost-effective, but they can also keep warmth when we get wet, so we often wear fleece jackets when hiking on alpine routes.
Soft shell with inner fleece - it is a thin soft shell jacket with a layer of warm fleece, suitable for cold winter. In particular, if you wear a thin long sleeve but still feel cold, while a waterproof raincoat is too hot, then a high-performance and versatile jacket is worth investing. A good soft shell jacket will make you feel more comfortable throughout the trip; if you don’t not hike frequently, a simple fleece jacket would be enough.
Synthetic fiber padded jacket - it still can keep you warm when wet, and is warmer than the wool jacket. Because the synthetic fiber padded jacket is thicker and more warm air can be trapped than fleece jacket. In addition, the synthetic fiber jacket does not collapse like down when damp. Therefore, if the weather forecast says that it may rain, you can wear a synthetic fiber jacket for middle layer. Although a down jacket is very light-weighted, in high moisture condition it will lose its warm retention! This is why Decathlon snow hiking jackets are almost made with synthetic fiber.
Warm reminder: however, the synthetic fiber padded jacket is not fully waterproof, the outer layer should be added with a waterproof jacket to avoid getting wet!
● Lightweight oriented:
Down Jacket - more suitable for hikers who like lightweight gear. why? Everyone knows that down is lighter, but down gets wet easily in moisture. Once the jacket is wet, it is difficult to restore its dryness and keep warm. Therefore, if it is a multi-day trip and the weather conditions are poor, a down jacket is not recommended.
When choosing a down jacket, don’t think that "buy a big one, you can buy more down, it seems more cost-effective." The choice of any warm layer should be fit and comfortable; a warm layer that is too loose will have a convection effect because of its gaps between the body, evaporating the body's temperature away.