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The
Layering
Guide

Choose your preferred amount of layers:

2 layers

A simpler, more streamlined solution for predictably cold weather conditions or alpine skiing. Less layers means an efficient combination of warmth and protection that saves weight and bulk.

3 layers

The most versatile setup recommended for unpredictable weather and high-output activities like backcountry skiing. The option to remove layers gives you the flexibility to regulate heat and moisture.

1. The Base Layer

The base layer is your next-to-skin layer and should fit snugly. Its main purpose is to keep you dry by moving moisture away from your skin and pushing it to the next layer. This moisture transportation is also called wicking.

A base layer can be made from both synthetic fabrics and wool. Cotton however, will leave you wet as it absorbs moisture instead of wicking it away.

2. The Mid Layer

The mid layer serves two main purposes – to trap warm air and to wick moisture to the outer layer. Mid layers are usually made from fleece or wool, fabrics that dry quickly and have a good warmth to weight ratio.

3. The Insulation Shell Layer

An insulated shell jacket protects you from the elements with additional warmth. A good choice for skiers who don’t venture backcountry or do a lot of uphill climbs. Insulated jackets can have both synthetic and down padding and tend to be more streamlined and lightweight than comparable two-piece systems.

4. The Accessories

More than just finishing touches, accessories provide protection for crucial areas where cold air and snow could otherwise leak in.

We always recommend a knit hat or headband that cover the ears, as well as a pair of insulated gloves since freezing hands and numb fingers can ruin a day on the mountain.