Mid/outer layering

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Myles21, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    Just a follow-on from the Softshell thread. I'm looking at cooler weather upper layers and am wondering if I can improve on my current set up. I like my R1 + Houdini but I do find the cut of both to be just a bit too fitted. Rather than just sizing up I thought I'd see what options there are for mid/outer layers. I'm not including rain shells here, as I prefer to keep mine in my pack until it's really needed. I'd really be interested to know what people recommend for cooler weather.
    It seems that there's the system I'm using already, which I like and could happily go for again: the baselayer + fleece midlayer + windshirt combo. Or there's baselayer + a windproof softshell. Or baselayer + pile-pertex (maybe including some Polartec Alpha jackets with a windproof outer fabric). And lastly baselayer + Paramo.
    There are probably lots of other variations and many personal preferences. A lot of the tops being sold recently seem to be aimed at high intensity activity where garments need to be able to dump a lot of heat and moisture. I'm more of a hillwalker and backpacker so I'd be concerned that some of these tops favour breathability over warmth and windproofness - fine for when you're working hard but what about when you're taking your time on a ridge and there's a cold wind blowing?
    Anyway, any tips much appreciated, as always.
  2. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Cold weather for me: Base layer T + Grid fleece hoodie + Montane Prism. Then waterproof jacket if it starts to snow.

    All depends on how hot you run. I don't sweat like mad so Prism fine on all the time.
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  3. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    Being rake thin I run pretty cold, especially when standing around. The Houdini is essential as the R1 hoody has no wind resistance whatsoever.
  4. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    This is the fleece closest to my original decathlon one which is great for winter, and warm. I say fleece cos its micro fleece on the inside, but smoother on the outside, yet softer than the usual soft-shell (if that makes sense). The hood being better than a hat. My base layer T is a thermal one to help with heat retention. My standard grid fleece jacket is a cheap karrimor but works well especially with the thumb loops for extra warmth around the wrists.
  5. Myles21

    Myles21 Ultralighter

    Looks similar to the R1, which is grid on the inside with a smooth outer for ease of layering. I like hoodies, despite the fact I look pretty dorky in close-fitting hoods.
  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    In the lonely hills no-one can see you looking a dork. I look like Russ Abbot as Basildon Bond in mine. But toasty warm so who cares :)
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