How To: Layer In Cold Weather

// by: MWO

As the snow line begins to creep down the mountains, it’s valuable to know how to layer appropriately for the brisk weather. Key word: LAYER!

1. NEXT TO SKIN: Your first layer’s main objective is moisture management. Synthetic fabrics and wool are ideal choices because, unlike cotton, they wick your body’s perspiration away from your skin and maintain their insulating properties while wet. Synthetic fabrics tend to dry faster, but wool has a natural anti-microbial property that prevents it from holding odors. Keep your eye out for wool-synthetic blends as they’re becoming increasingly popular! Also, be sure to fit your next to skin layer snug so that the moisture wicking properties are maximized.

2. INSULATION: The mid-layer functions to trap your body’s heat. It can range from a lightweight fleece, to a thick, puffy down. As you are active this layer typically remains in your pack to allow your perspiration to dissipate. Once you stop, utilize this layer to trap your body heat so you don’t chill as your sweat dries.
3. SHELL: Depending on the season and conditions, your outer layer is designed to shelter you from wind, rain, and snow. Most waterproof fabrics are also breathable, and have armpit vents, so that your perspiration does not get trapped causing you to get damp from the inside.