People are often getting confused with the term layering when talking about gear. I find a lot of my groups don’t understand the correct way to do it, or they just think expensive is best. So after reading this I hopefully have given you a better understanding.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Basically theres 3 sections to layering
- A Baselayer
So this layer is a body temperature regulator, merino wool helps wick away moisture. Cotton keeps the moisture on your body, so when you sit down for a break you’ll find yourself getting colder quicker.
This layer is there to trap the warmth your body generates, lightweight fleeces are great as they also wick away the moisture. others like soft-shell, down, synthetic are also great. For the U.K I recommend Synthetic over down as the the down tends to clump together when wet and looses its ability to insulate.
These are usually layers to protect from wind and rain and are often lightweight. These layers should allow vapours to pass through, or you’ll find condensation inside your jacket.
Hot and Dry
A base layer
Sunny and Dry
Baselayer and Fleece
Warm and Wet
Baselayer and Outerlayer
Windy and Cold
Baselayer, Midlayer and Outerlayer