How to buy Clothing Layers
Below is a list of important things to consider when choosing clothing layer.
Base Layer Clothing
- Keeps skin warm and dry.
- Should be made from material that wicks moisture.
- Merino wool and other natural materials make good base layers.
- Should have a lot of versatility (Your mid layer is the layer you’ll add to, or take away from, depending on the conditions).
- Warm and breathable.
- Down, Fleece and Merino wool work well in this layer.
- Keep light to ensure comfort.
- Keeps out the elements.
- Retains body heat.
- Use materials that are wind and water proof.
- Soft shells.
- GorTex and other waterproof breathable apparel work well in this layer.
- Protection for the head, hands, and feet is important – reduces body heat lost to the elements (this is especially important for the head).
- Sock type should be matched with the conditions and activity (avoid white tube socks).
- Layer your extremities just like anything else - use thin wool gloves and warmer fleece mitts overtop.
Layering in Summer
- Base Layer – Something that wicks moisture to keep you cool and dry.
- Mid Layer – Light and breathable to ensure comfort, don’t worry too much about insulation here.
- Outer Layer – There to keep out elements while letting body heat escape. Look for wind and water resistance.
- There are levels of breathability in clothing, and depending on your activities you’ll want to adjust accordingly.
- During the summer, it’s also important to consider UV protection in your attire.
Layering in Winter
- Base Layer – Merino wool.
- Mid Layer – Light fleece, light insulated jacket, softshell, down, and/or sweaters.
- Outer Layer – Keeps the elements out while keeping body heat in.