Gearing up for the urban winter

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Gearing up for the urban winter

Anyone who says that city people are soft hasn’t experienced a concentrated blast of wind as it hurtles along the glass and steel buildings that line Lexington Avenue.  In fact, the coldest I’ve ever been was not the summit of Mount Washington, but Boston’s financial district. It’s all about preparation. Suffice to say, I’ll take -20 temps and 80 mph winds in my insulated outerwear and Sorel boots any day over dress slacks and a blazer on a 10 degree day with occasional gusts.

Lynette Chiang of NYC dressed to impress AND overcome the elements

While Eastern Mountain Sports is primarily in business to help backcountry adventurers combat the cold, we’re more than happy to help city goers as well. After all, major metropolitan areas like Boston, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland get their share of winter rain, snow, ice, and cold. Whether you live in one of these cities or they’re in your winter travel plans, check out this infographic for some helpful ideas on what kind of weather to expect and how to prepare for it.

Snow clothing keeps you warm in the winter months

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Jim Darroch


Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.