Whether you are gearing up for a winter hike or relaxing in the city in the cold weather, choosing the right mid layer is essential in keeping warm.
Whether you are gearing up for a winter hike, or a getaway in a city with cold weather, it’s always important to layer effectively so you keep warm.
We’ve talked about how base layers are crucial to a good layering system, but choosing the right mid layers are also just as important! If you are planning to do some winter sports where you will perspire, a moisture-wicking base layer would be practically useless if your mid layer is not breathable.
What Does Breathability Mean? In a nutshell, breathability refers to the ability of a fabric to absorb moisture and release it through the material itself, allowing it to breathe.
Breathability is important for many reasons.
First, it is to prevent you from overheating. Fabrics that are designed to provide warmth should be breathable so that you do not become stuffy or produce too much sweat. The user feels hot and sticky.
Second, it allows air to travel through the fabric to keep it fresh. This not only refers to you staying fresh but the materials, especially when it comes to lingering odour.
Third, it prevents blisters! A little known fact, breathable boots indeed prevent the formation of blisters as moisture can cause the feet to do this. With more air travelling to the feet, this won’t be a problem you’ll have to deal with.
In short, your mid layers should have to at least have heat-trapping properties! This layer is all about insulation and is crucial in helping you retain the heat that is radiated by your body. The better the layer is at trapping heat, the warmer you will be.
However, one common weakness of middle layers is that they are usually designed to only trap air, but not provide rain protection. If your holiday destination is going to be rainy and wet, you would definitely need a protective outer layer in order to keep the water out. Psst.. Check the weather before you start packing! :)
There are 3 common materials for mid layers: down, synthetic down and fleece. So how do you know which one you should choose? Let’s find out!
Today we are going to introduce to you fleece jackets! These are in high demand as they are one of the most effective jackets for mid layers! :)
Fleece is a soft, insulating fabric that became more popular in the 80s. With the many benefits of fleece jackets, this is one of the go-to mid layers for outdoor sports in the cold.
Fleece jackets are relatively more breathable, and with its ability to wick away your perspiration quickly, makes it a very good layering piece. Another major advantage of fleece jackets is that it dries very quickly - so even when it’s wet, it will dry up fast and will still be able to provide you with warmth! :)
Choosing your fleece jackets is relatively simple - basically the heavier the fleece, the warmer you will be. But wait! Before you start reaching for the heaviest fleece jacket, it’s important to know what kind of activities you will be doing first before choosing a mid layer. While it may provide you more warmth, the thicker fleece jackets would also mean that it will be less breathable. This would mean that it would not be able to wick away your sweat as easily and might even end up getting you colder.
Did you also know that our fleece jackets are 75% made from recycled plastic bottles?
Another major plus point for fleece jackets, if you ask me!
… and there you have it! The lowdown on all the different mid layers out there and how to choose them :)
Remember, wearing multiple thin layers can actually keep you much warmer than a single thick layer. This is because layering can actually trap the warm air in between, which helps act as an insulator!
The number of layers you wear will also depend heavily on the type of activity you’re doing. For strenuous activities like skiing or hiking, you may want to consider fleece jackets as your choice! Fleece jackets will allow your sweat to dry much quicker, which will prevent you from getting damp and cold :) For chilly days in the city, or if you’re just going camping - a down jacket will be perfect to keep you nice and warm.
I hope this article has been helpful in helping you find the perfect mid layer for your winter adventure!
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About our author:
I was never a fan of the outdoors until I started hiking in my teenage years! Now, most of my trips and plans involve hiking and it allows me to clear my mind and enjoy the views that I witness at the end! :)