When you step outdoors, the ancient art of layering becomes your smart-technology thermostat. This tried-and-true method lets you regulate comfort by slipping layers on and off as your activity level or the weather changes.
A good layering system keeps you dry, warm and helps to use your body energy efficiently. The right combination creates a layering system that wicks moisture away from your body, stores or dissipates heat, and provides optimal weather protection. In a good layering system, the individual garments can move on top of each other, which means freedom of movement.
How to layer: To understand layering your clothing for outdoor activities, you need to know the function of each layer:
- Base layer (underwear): wicks moisture off your skin
- Mid layer (insulating layer): retains body heat to protect you from the cold
- Outer layer (shell layer): protects you from wind and rain
Info: Merino wool offers many great features, that you want in a perfect base layer, like the fact that it warms even when wet and has natural anti-odor properties. It also servers as a great mid layer to keep you warm!
Tip: If you want to wear merino wool and synthetic fiber shirts or other pieces on top of each other, always choose the merino piece first and wear it directly on the skin. A synthetic fiber shirt would quickly be wet and uncomfortable on the skin as a base layer.
Tip: Even if you don’t wear all three layers at the outset, it’s a good idea to take all layers on every outing. Remember, you can peel off layers if things heat up, but you can’t put on layers that you didn’t bring along.
Tip: Always try to keep your head and body’s vital organs warm in cold conditions, the heart reduces blood flow to the extremities (hands and feet). These areas do not generate much heat on their own, so some insulation and protection from the elements is needed. So we always add a beanie and gloves to your kit, even in the warmer months.