How to Layer for Summer Adventures
Whether you’re hiking, trekking or climbing in summer or winter, every layering system includes a base layer, mid layer and waterproof. These work together to help regulate your body temperature across a variety of weather conditions and physical activity levels.
Each layer transports sweat to the outside of your system while the waterproof shell protects you from the elements. For enjoyment and comfort on any spring and summer adventure, an effective layering system is essential.
When you’re climbing or hiking fells in the Lake District or Munros in the Scottish Highlands, and even lower-level hills in the North York Moors and the South Downs, you’re always exposed to windy conditions on the summit.
Mid layers offer breathable warmth and comfort by trapping heat, wicking sweat, drying fast and preventing overheating. There are different styles of mid layers which offer different degrees of versatility.
Climbers may prefer something with extra durability, while summer-weight mid layers and fleeces and windproof softshells can be worn as an outer layer in warm weather.
Non-technical cotton mid layers, like hoodies or jumpers, absorb sweat and raise the risk of wind chill.
- Mid layers and fleeces are durable, sweat-wicking, fast-drying and water resistant or repellent with different degrees of insulation. Polartec, Polartec Micro and Polartec Power Dry are ideal fabrics for summer hiking.
- Softshells offer higher levels of wind and water resistance without sacrificing breathability and weight. Fabrics like WINDSTOPPER are completely windproof for climbing and mountain hiking.
- Mid layers and softshells can offer a close or relaxed fit without restricting natural movement. Gusseted underarms and fabrics like Polartec Power Stretch provide more dynamic flexibility.
- Technical features like hoods and zips help you easily regulate body temperature.