Ok , here it goes. Other than a handful of verbal instructions from mom through a few teachers , I have not had much instructions on what makes good clothing good verses why this is good and that bad . I am not too concerned about appearance here , this is more about this one will save your life and this will have you in hypothermia before you can get a fire started . Functionality, durability, which to get and why . Thanks in advance for any input . Rain gear through mittens and more, let's have it !