Layering is a system of dressing for the outdoors. It allows you to be comfortable in a variety of conditions by adding or removing layers of clothing. No single garment can be expected to be right for all conditions. The system is as simple as 1 – 2 – 3:
- First start with a “wicking” layer to move moisture away from the body and prevent chilling. This layer goes directly against the skin. Fabrics such as fleece, polypropylene, Acclimate, and Thermax are examples.
- Next use an insulating layer to hold body heat and keep moisture moving away from the body. Fleece, wool, or pile provide great insulation.
- Top it all off with a weatherproof layer to protect yourself from wind and rain. Ideally it should “breathe” to allow inside moisture to escape while keeping rain from getting in. Gore-Tex, Microshed, and Triple-Point Ceramic are good weatherproof fabrics.
Remember, layering is your ultimate weather weapon. It provides comfort in a variety of conditions with a minimum of clothing.