By: Levi Opsatnic
I’ll begin by apologizing to all of our loyal readers who have been missing our Five on Friday articles. It’s been a busy season, but I’m hoping to have these lists back to their original consistency.
In the vein of apologies, this week’s list is going to focus on sale items. Products that will help keep your bank account happy all while keeping you warm and cozy. From sweaters that are perfect on an early-spring morning to jackets that will have you keeping warm before the weather truly breaks, this list will have it all. This week, we’ll go ahead and touch on the products for the women (ladies first, right?), but gents, don’t worry because we’ll get to you next week.
There’s nothing worse than cold hands on a frigid morning, lucky for all of you, The North Face’s Denali Thermal Etip Gloves are as cozy as can be. With a high-loft fleece exterior, grippy palm, and touchscreen friendly fingertip, these gloves are able to keep you toasty while you send that afternoon email at the bus stop. Oh, and one more thing about these bad boys–let’s face it, losing a glove is one of the easiest things you can do, so why on earth would you want to pay full-price?
Call me crazy, but there’s just something special about the minimal look and rich feel of Prana’s Taryn Turtleneck. With an organic cotton construction and the extra comfort and style of a turtleneck, this top has an ability to adapt to nearly anything you encounter, and weirdly enough, it’s a piece that will go perfectly with every other item on our list.
Ibex’s Izzi Tack Pants will carry you through nearly any season. With a merino wool construction, these pants offer excellent temperature regulation to let you bop around town in the middle of April, layer up in December, or welcome the freshly fallen leaves of October. Simply put, there isn’t really a scenario unfit for Ibex’s Izzi Pants, so pick up a pair now before it’s too late.
Vests are just plain great; their versatility lends them to be able to be worn in almost any situation. In the winter, you’ll use them as an extra layer that doesn’t carry so much bulk, but in the spring and fall, they function wonderfully as a jacket that can go anywhere without bringing too much heat. Crafted with a 100% traceable down insulation, Patagonia’s Down Sweater Vest ensures that your body’s temperature remains regulated and that you aren’t overheating once the morning chill turns into a warm and sunny afternoon.
You can think of The North Face’s Arctic Parka as the perfect investment. This jacket features a water and windproof exterior with a 550 fill down insulation. Whenever you pair those two together, you’re left with a layering system that only requires one piece. Finish this jacket off with its long length and clean appearance, and you’ll quickly see that this there’s no better time to invest than when this jacket is about 40% cheaper than it will be next winter.