As the days get longer and the temperatures start to rise, there comes a time where you put away the dreaded heavy coats and thick wool layers, to bring out the light and cool layers of Spring and Summer. Whatever your favorite activity is in the warmer months, you need to be prepared for warm days and cool nights, and whatever else Mother Nature throws your way. That's why we've compiled a list of our recommendations of wool gear to help keep you warm (or cool) and protected, no matter what you're into.

Upper Body

When it comes to what kind of shirt to wear in the outdoors, you want to get the most out of your base layers. That's where our Midweight and Lightweight tops come in. Great for layering under each other, a sweatshirt or other outerwear, these Merino wool pieces will provide just the right amount of warmth without overheating you. With properties like moisture wicking, insulating when wet and keeping you protected against harmful UV rays, these tops are sure to keep you protected!

woman hiking the Grand Canyon

Our Sequoia Women's Midweight Wool 1/4 Zip or the Isolation Men's Midweight Wool 1/4 Zip are great mid-layers, ideal for when temperatures vary throughout the day.

man hiking in a blue hat and grey tshirt

Image Credit to Alex Fazekas-Boone and Mahting Productions

Layer these with a Lightweight longsleeve or shortsleeve crew, like our Men's Algonquin Lightweight Wool Shortsleeve Crew, Men's Ticonderoga Lightweight Wool Crew, Women's Appalachia Lightweight Shortsleeve Crew or Women's Moriah Lightweight Wool Crew, for a perfect base layer system!

Read more: Women's Midweight & Lightweight Tops
       Men's Midweight & Lightweight Tops

Lower Body

We all have the dreaded decision of what to wear in the shoulder seasons: pants when it's chilly or shorts when it's warm? While there may never be a right answer, we do have a few solutions. The Saratoga Lightweight Wool Bottom for Men and the Magalloway Lightweight Wool Bottoms for Women both stand as a go-to no matter which activity you decide to take on this Spring. You can wear them underneath pants, shorts or just as is! Or check out the Midweight versions if you'd like a little more warmth.

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We also recommend the Chugach Men's Expedition Zip-Off 3/4 Bottoms. Perfect for hunters and hikers alike, who start in early morning with freezing cold temperatures only to be sweating by mid-morning, these pants are the solution to taking off all your gear to remove a layer. Just unzip the sides and shed (or add) this layer when the time comes. 

Man wearing zip off pants

Image Credit to Mahting Productions

Read more: Women's Midweight Bottoms
       Men's Midweight Bottoms


Spring hiking means the weather is getting warmer, but wearing or packing a hat is considered essential, even in warmer months. According to NH Fish & Game's list of gear to bring with you no matter when you decide to hit the trails, you should always carry a hat, extra socks, gloves or mittens & a neck gaiter. Minus33 offers a variety of options for each. 

Our Ridge Cuff Wool Beanie is the beanie for everyone! Available in 20 different colors, and made from 100% Merino wool, this lightweight hat will keep you warm while staying comfortable and packable. Our Midweight Wool Neck Gaiter is available in 13 different colors, made from the same fabric as the Ridge Cuff Beanie, and is sure to keep your face and neck warm and protected!

Smiling couple in the backseat of a car, wearing beanies and wool neck gaiters

Image Credit to Corey McMullen

Our Mountain Heritage Sock collection has a sock no matter what your preferences are! With five different colors, seven different heights, and four different cushion levels, we've got you covered, warm, and comfortable.

Mountain Heritage socks  gloved hands putting on socks

Image Credit to Mahting Productions and Corey McMullen

Read more: Glove Liners & Fingerless Gloves
       Balaclavas, Headwear, & Blankets

Whether you're out early in the morning for a hunt, day hiking local trails, or starting your through-hikes, make sure you're always prepared and have a base layer system. Pack your essentials, plus a few extras and enjoy the Spring season!

Written by Meaghan Ruby for Minus33. Featured image provided by Alex Fazekas-Boone.