Your guide to winter sports layering
THE BASE LAYER
This is your most important layer in the system as it sits closest to your skin. You want this layer to be as close fitting as possible to maximise the fabrics sweat-wicking capabilities to help keep you dry. Base layers tend to be free from buttons, zippers, and pockets to keep it snug against your skin and make layering possible.
Look for fabrics that are sweat-wicking and breathable, never cotton as it will absorb moisture, holding it next to your skin leaving you feeling cold and damp. Base layers can be any item of clothing from t-shirts, to underwear, to leggings and come in different weights, thickness, and materials.
The majority of today’s base layers are either merino wool or synthetic fabrics for optimum performance. You can also find base layers made from other natural materials such as bamboo, which like merino wool, is naturally antibacterial.
Base layers are also your most versatile layer. On warmer days they can be worn alone or teamed with your outerwear. On colder days layer up with a mid-layer or too for warmth and comfort. They can also be worn for other sports and activities in cooler weather such as running, hiking, and cycling.
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THE MID LAYER
You mid layer provides versatile insulation, keeping you warm on and off the slopes. Like your base layer this layer should be breathable and sweat-wicking to ensure the moisture can escape.
A good mid layer will have mesh panels for ventilation or a looser fit. This is the layer that often has half zips and pockets for customisable comfort.
Like your base layer your mid layer will also be merino wool or a synthetic sweat-wicking fabric such as fleece.
Choose a weight to suit you; if you tend to get colder, even on warmer days, choose a warmer, heavier weight fleece. If you rarely get cold choose a thinner, microfleece for optimal performance. This layer can also be worn on its own or as a top layer on cooler autumn days for other exercises like hiking, running, and cycling.
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