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<p>It&rsquo;s been just a couple of hours since the soft, white, powdery snow has covered the ground. The temperature is pleasant for this time of year and the whole scene looks like something out of a fantastic fairytale&hellip;or from a cheap Christmas gift card. You simply have to go out and enjoy it. But there is only one problem &ndash; the temperature is actually not that pleasant at all. It&rsquo;s all a lie. Everything about winter is one big fat lie. The temperature is never pleasant and if you swallow the bait you risk freezing like a swallow that hasn&rsquo;t migrated to a warmer climate. The temperature quickly takes a turn for the worse and before you know it, you wish you were back home, hugging fire. Ouch!</p>
<p>Rest assured, before you are finished reading this, there will be no more freezing for you. You will be able to go out and hug the snow, return to your childhood and wallow in nostalgia provided by the cold hug of this fluffy substance. What are you waiting for? Go on with it.</p>
<h1>Starting from the top</h1>
<p>Anatomically speaking, head is on the top of a body which means that it would only be logical to start with warm winter hats. But logic simply doesn&rsquo;t work sometimes. Sometimes it&rsquo;s better to put your fluffy gloves on your feet, your trapper hats on your hands and your warmest winter socks on your ears. Also, it&rsquo;s better to start with layering and call it &lsquo;starting from the top&rsquo;.</p>
<p>Layering is the foundation of winter dressing. It&rsquo;s the base that makes everything else completely unimportant. If you screw up layering, there is no amount of gloves, socks and long-johns that will save you. Actually, long-johns are a crucial part of layering, so there is that.</p>
<p>There are three layers that you need to remember &ndash; the base, the insulating middle layer and the protective outer layer. The base is basically slim fitting underwear, like undershirts, and its purpose is to provide passionate hugs, give you love and comfort and wick out all the sweat your body produces. The base layer must really love you. The middle layer serves as insulation, making a barrier between you and the cold outside, and it&rsquo;s usually made from one to three pieces. Something like a button-up shirt and a thick, winter sweater (ugly Christmas motifs are optional) are great for this layer. The most outer layer is the one that protects all the inner layers, including your skin. This layer keeps you dry and protects you from the wind, so the best thing for this layer is a powerful, modified, custom-made armored vehicle with a snowplow mounted on the front. If you have insufficient funds for a homemade armored vehicle, a heavy, thick, long winter jacket should do the trick just fine.</p>
<h1>The rest of the body</h1>
<p>Even though dressing in layers is the foundation of proper winter dressing, it will only get you so far. There are still lots of things to think about, like hats, socks or gloves, where layering has limited amount of power. Hands often prove to be quite challenging to heat up, so let&rsquo;s start from hands.</p>
<h2>Gloves</h2>
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<p>Gloves aren&rsquo;t all that crucial for the survival of the winter because your hands might get a bit chilly, but you will live to tell the tale of &lsquo;the winter of the chilly hands 2016/17&rsquo;. However, <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/mens/gloves">gloves make winter a lot more bearable</a>. The material is what makes a glove protective, which means that cotton or wool gloves are to be avoided. These materials get wet really easily, with cotton being completely unable to wick that moisture, while wool transforms into a heavy, wet, cold blob. Because of this, modern gloves are usually made from a combination of materials.</p>
<p>The inner layer of a glove is made from synthetics or down which provide insulation and heat, while the outer layer is made from high-tech synthetics that give the glove waterproof characteristics. Another thing to look for is the gripping palm, and because we use smartphones nowadays, a conductive material that allows texting is a must-have.</p>
<h2>Hats</h2>
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<p>A nice winter hat can serve two purposes &ndash; it can protect your head from freezing and it can serve as a nice piece of accessory for your attire. The trick with winter hats <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/mens/winter-hats">is to go for warm materials</a>&nbsp;and to put their useful side before their accessory potential.</p>
<p>One of the warmest winter hats out there has to be a trapper hat. It combines the amazing and timeless design of an aviator hat with a genius craftsmanship and warm materials of ushanka. It&rsquo;s a living example of what collaboration between American and Russian engineering can achieve. Not only do they cover and protect your head, but they also provide protection for your ears, and if it really gets cold you can even tie the hat below your chin and even protect your neck. On the other hand, a beanie is a cool hat, but unlike a trapper hat, a beanie comes in many different and, sometimes even crazy, shapes and forms &ndash; pompoms, tentacles, helmet-shaped, brain-shaped, with beard attached to them, and so on. Why not bring some quirkiness to the whole winter thing?</p>
<h2>Socks</h2>
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<p>Socks may be the reason our species has been able to survive for this long. We are simply not designed to endure such low temperatures and when the temperature gets so low that Santa is migrating south, you better be sure to know what the best socks to keep your feet warm are.</p>
<p>The best cold weather sock is <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/mens/thermal-socks">at least a crew sock or longer</a>. It is manufactured from the mixture of synthetic materials that give it elasticity and wicking abilities, and natural materials that contribute to its immense heating power and comfort it provides. A nice pair of wool socks or a pair of fuzzy socks can do the trick, and sometimes it&rsquo;s even allowed to put on two pairs of socks for extra protection &ndash; one thinner and one thicker. Everything is allowed when harsh and cruel winter sets in.</p>

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