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November, 2014

Make Cold Winters Warmer with Thermal Underwear

In order to choose good quality women’s thermal underwear, you need to understand the differences between the most common types available. They are available in a wide range of fabrics—including cotton, wool, fabric blends, and smart fabrics. You should also consider the weight as well as the usage specifications of the women’s thermals you want to buy.

Cotton women’s thermal underwear is perfectly fine for when you’re staying indoors and don’t intend to participate in cold weather sports, camping, or hiking. They provide extra warmth, but they do not wick moisture away and are therefore unsuitable for outdoor activities.

The next most common material used for women’s thermals is wool, which tends to be a bit more expensive but worth the money. Wool thermal underwear can provide you superior warmth while allowing moisture to escape, thereby keeping you dry. They are fantastic for staying in as well as doing light outdoor activities, like an easy hike.

If you intend to participate in high-action winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, consider buying thermal underwear made of special fabric blends—typically a mix of spandex, polyester, and wool. These types of women’s thermals offer superior warmth and moisture control, making them perfect for athletic activities. In addition, some manufacturers have incorporated their thermals with odour control technologies.

Aside from fabric, you should also look at weight when shopping for thermal underwear. Lightweight varieties are best for high-level activities but may not be the optimum choice for extreme cold. Heavy weight fabrics—often labelled ‘expedition’ weight in the active wear industry—are a great choice for extreme cold. For everyday use, mid-weight fabrics will do.

A lot of women’s thermal underwear these days have added performance features. For example, some thermal shirts have thumbholes so that the arm sleeves stay in place and don’t roll up under your sweater or jacket. The best thermal underwear for layering doesn’t have zippers or fasteners that may interfere with your outer layers.

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Gloves For All The Family! Our Top Winter Picks

Harsh winter weather can be tough on your hands, so shielding them with a pair of warm gloves can ensure that dry, chapped skin is a thing of the past. With a range of top quality designs for men, women and children, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep hands both big and small protected. Check out our top picks for winter gloves below!

Whether you’re hitting the slopes or heading out to build a snowman, these Mens Waterproof Thinsulate Ski Gloves will definitely keep the cold at bay, with a thermal barrier and fiberfill insulation helping to keep hands warm. Those looking for something a little more stylish should look no further than these FLOSO Leather Gloves, with their genuine sheepskin build and knitted cuff providing a sharp, chic look whilst offering effective warmth at the same time.

For women, these Ladies Plain Gloves With Bow make for an elegant choice, with their sleek, plain build complemented by the subtle wrist detail. With their traditional patterned design and soft, knitted build these Ladies Fairisle Winter Gloves make for another comfortable winter option, and the thermal build of these FLOSO Thinsulate Knitted Gloves are perfect for those seeking to lock heat in for longer.

Social media addicts are also well-catered for, with our range of touch screen gloves allowing people of all ages to stay connected whilst on the go this winter. With special metallic-fibre infused into their fingertips, these FLOSO Mens Touch Screen Magic Gloves are the perfect choice for any tech-savvy shopper, allowing full access to smartphones and tablets without the hassle of removing gloves. For women, these Ladies Touch Screen Gloves offer similar benefits, and even boast a special non-slip palm grip, perfect for keeping phones in place.

With their soft, high-stretch build, magic gloves are a great choice for growing kids. These Girls and Boys magic gloves come in a range of cute styles, with their patterned detail also offering added grip against slippery surfaces. These FLOSO Kids Hi Vis Thinsulate Gloves are also perfect for those looking for gloves with added thermal warmth, with their reflective Scotchlite banding helping to keep kids visible in dark and misty conditions.

To browse our full range of winter gloves and much, much more, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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Children’s Gloves – Must Have Winter Items for Protection Against Cold

Your kids can bravely take on the snow with the right children’s winter gloves. Keep their hands toasty when the temperatures drop by shopping for gloves that blend style with function.

Children’s winter gloves come in a variety of colours, materials, fits, and styles, from cosy little mittens to thermal insulated gloves. It makes sense to buy multiple pairs every year or so, as kids tend to wear out and soil their gloves fast.

Your children will have no trouble building snowmen in gloves that protect their hands and allow complete mobility. Your job as a parent is to look for gloves with stretch. Those with articulated finger designs are ideal especially for older children, as it allows the fingers to move, grip, and bend easily. Does your child like to stay active during the winter, enjoying snow sports? Then gloves that are designed with grip palms for better traction are best.

The warmest winter gloves for freezing temperatures are constructed with three layers for maximum warmth. The gloves should have (1) an outer shell that is waterproof, (2) a great insulation layer, and a lining with moisture-management features. When it gets really cold, you want to make sure that your children’s gloves have elasticized wrists to keep the warmth in and the wind out. The elastic also ensures that their gloves stay on their hands as they play and go about their day.

Will you be taking your kids with you on a ski holiday? Then they need special gear. For added warmth in the snowy slopes, choose children’s gloves with waterproof outer shells (not just water-resistant, but waterproof). You should also choose ski gloves made with quick-drying fabrics. The best ski gloves are ergonomic, with a pre-curved fit that feel more natural on the hands.

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Our Top Picks For Warm Winter Hats!

With icy winds and dropping temperatures to contend with, tackling harsh Winter weather can be difficult, and along with hands, your head is the area of the body that feels the bite of the cold the most. It goes without saying that an appropriate hat should be a staple of everyone’s winter wardrobe, but if you’re still looking for the perfect design to keep you warm over the coming months, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep the cold at bay without compromising on style. Check out our top picks for winter hats below!

For men, this Fairisle Pattern Bobble Hat boasts a brushed acrylic build, ensuring a super-soft feel that nicely compliments its traditional knitted look and stylish Fairisle design. Available in a choice of 2 colours, shoppers can even pick up a matching scarf for the perfect co-ordinated winter look! For those aiming to keep things simple, this Floso Winter Melange Hat offers top quality insulation courtesy of trusted thermal experts Thinsulate, and contains an internal fleece layer to lock in heat for longer.

We also stock a versatile range of hats and headbands for ladies, with a design to suit whatever style you’re searching for. With a built in water resistant and windproof membrane this Cable Knit Bobble Hat is a fashionable but practical choice, with a special Thinsulate thermal layer helping to keep the wearer warm. Those seeking something a little different should look no further than this Floso Thermal Trapper Hat, with its faux fur trim and bold purple colour ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.

Whether they’re into Teddy Bears or Monsters, Spongebob or Hello Kitty, we’re sure to stock a style that’ll keep your little ones happy and warm through Winter.  Parents seeking a practical option will no doubt love this Yoko Unisex Winter Hat, offering effective Thinsulate thermal protection in a choice of eight vibrant colours, and this Hi-Vis Beanie Hat also boasts special Scotchlite banding, perfect for making sure they’re visible on the walk home from school on dark and misty evenings.

To browse our full range of winter hats for men, women and children, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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