By Teresa Hartford

There’s a chill in the air. Fall has arrived! The secret to staying warm comes down to quality over quantity and dressing up with the right layers to keep the cold out and the warm air in. For the quintessential items to keep you warm as you explore, here are a few Fall favorites.

We lose most of our body heat through our heads, so wearing a simple cap, whether you’re running around town or heading up to the mountains for a hike, will keep you warm. The WATCH CAP from Topo Designs is wonderfully simple and made from soft acrylic yarns. Best of all, all Topo hats are Made in the USA.

Fall mornings can be chilly. When you’re cold, the key to getting warm is to warm your feet. If your boots are too small, they lose the insulation effect and rather than staying warm, you absorb the cold from the ground instead of staying insulated against it. Remember to size up with your boots a half-size than you would normally wear. And if you’re out hiking this weekend, SALOMON’s ELLIPSE 2 MID LTR GTX for women is all about helping you fly over the trails with full waterproof protection and durability for rugged, rocky terrain. But if you’re just up for a walk, the mid-cut boot can handle that, too.

With a clean, modern look, the OUTBACK 500 GTX feels lightweight even before you slide your foot into it. A lightweight Advanced Chassis™, placed between the outsole and midsole, maximizes motion control, energy management and push through for a stable and responsive ride. Gore-Tex keeps your feet dry from the outside as well as from the inside.

While we’re on a roll with warm weather dressing … it’s all about layering and Merino wool can’t be beat. NORRØNA makes some of the most comfortable merino wool socks on the planet with a range of options that suits anything the trail can dish out. The unisex FJØRÅ LIGHTWEIGHT MERINO SOCKS are perfect for a mid-cut hiking boot (also great for mountain biking), and will keep your feet warm when it’s cold and cool you down when it’s warm. Merino is naturally resistant to microbial growth and odor retention, and these socks are made of traceable, mulesing-free wool so you can feel even better when you’re enjoying the Fall colors. norrø

Investing in a thin mid-layer for the Fall season is essential for under your outerwear and over your long underwear (when the temps dip to freezing). Classic brand NORRØNA offers a clean, soft and minimalistic wool-blend hoodie with the unisex SVALBARD that’s ideal for hiking or any outdoor activity. The hoodie comes in three classic shades: black, night blue (shown) and jester red (gorgeous for the adventurous!) for women, and Black, Blue and Olive for men. Additional features include a chest pocket and half-zip. norrø

When it’s chilly on a Fall morning and your standing outside drinking your cuppa java, a light jacket over a wool hoodie is perfect for staying warm. The cold won’t touch you when you’re wearing FJÄLLRÄVEN’s KEB LITE JACKET. An investment piece, the Jacket offers a full range of motion on a hike or walk. The fabric is light, strong and well-ventilated, and the zippers on the sides let air circulate as the day warms up. A sustainable choice suitable for day trips or multi-day hikes from Spring through late-Fall. fjällrä

When the temps dip and cold air rushes down your neck, there’s nothing more uncomfortable because your whole body feels chilled. You can keep the area from your chin to the top of your chest under wraps with the FJÄLLRÄVEN SKOGSÖ JACKET for men. The hip-length outdoor jacket is slightly longer in the back and has a fixed, adjustable hood. Just as comfortable hiking as it is when biking to and from work, the jacket provides wind and light rain protection while offering good ventilation so as the temps warm-up, you won’t become sweaty. Two vertical breast pockets and two side pockets let you stash valuables. The other bells + whistles include a two-way zipper in the front hidden behind a protective flap that has push buttons at the hem, in the middle of the chest and at the chin; adjustable hem and push buttons at the sleeve cuffs. fjällrä

The days become shorter as Fall approaches, and avid hikers know the importance of GPS. A good hiking watch should have some important attributes and look no further than SUUNTO to help get you on and off the mountain on time. The SUUNTO SPARTAN ULTRA is a robust multisport GPS watch. Its durable body and long battery life allow you to focus on the adventure. Outdoor features like barometer and sunrise/sunset times help you better understand the surrounding conditions. Designed and hand-crafted in Finland, Spartan Ultra watches are built and tested to last.

All products featured in SGB Today are independently selected by the editor. Photos courtesy Topo Designs, Salomon, Norrøna, Fjällräven, Suunto