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These 4 Pieces of Outerwear are the Only Cold Weather Staples You’ll Ever Need

Kyle Hart
ByKyle HartNov 17, 2022In Partnership With Oros Apparel

This time of year in Vermont, the weather is already dipping below freezing at night, so I’m taking inventory to make sure I’m set on winter gear for the season. Winters here are incredibly cold (it’s not uncommon to be out in below-zero weather), so in the past I’ve had to do a lot of layering. With this in mind, OROS created its SOLARCORE® insulation based on Aerogel, a NASA-developed technology designed to insulate spacecrafts up to -450°F.

Though it doesn’t get that cold here in Vermont, OROS took inspiration and combined its thermal properties with flexible foam that keeps you toasty without all of the added bulk. Because I don’t have a lot of closet space as a university student, OROS helps me decrease the amount of layers I need to wear throughout the day–and is just one reason why investing in OROS has changed my outerwear game.

Here are 4 of my favorite OROS cold-weather staples:

Orion Parka

Past me: Did not leave the house in less than 3-4 layers. Sweating the moment I stepped inside.

Current me: 1 light layer under my Orion Parka. Dressed right for a heated building once I take my coat off.

Gemini Jacket

Past me: Dealt with bulky layers that I then had to remove to get down to the clothes I actually wanted to wear.

Current me: This heat-optimized shell lets me dress however I want on a date or dinner out.

Itinerant Jacket

Past me: Tossed a hoodie on for casual warmth.

Current me: I now have a nicer version for situations when I’m not straight-up lounging.

Explorer Hoodie

Past me: A lot of cotton hoodie options.

Current me: A hoodie that’s optimized for the weather where I live.

Final Verdict

Living in Burlington, it’s impossible to stay warm without adding tons of layers and bulk when winter arrives. I’ve been looking for ways to cut down on my winter bulk (and my closet has been hoping I’d do this, too), so OROS entered my life at the perfect time. Insulation and breathability are core features of OROS, so you know you’ll stay warm without that feeling stifled–perfect for my sporty lifestyle. Now, my winter apparel is sleek and stylish yet undeniably the warmest clothing I’ve ever owned.