Help me with my layering system (North East)
Oct 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm #3560539Gabriel FBPL Member
Scope of this Layering System:
Activities: Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
Seasons: Shoulder Season, Winter
Location: Catskills NY, Adirondacks NY, Green Mountains VT
Items in my layering system:
- Shirt and baselayer: Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Zip
- Shirt and baselayer (for very cold, less than 30* at base): Patagonia Capilene Thermalweight Zip
- Mid-Layer Top: Patagonia R2 (No Hoody)
- Mid-layer Top (Alternate): Arcteryx Atom LT (Hoody)
- Rain Jacket: OR Helium 2
- Warm Jacket: Patagonia Down Sweater (No Hoody)
- Pants: LL Bean Light Trekking Pants
- Pants (for very cold, less than 30* at base, or snow): REI Activator Soft Shell
- Neck: OR ActiveIce Ubertube Neck Buff
- Head: any merino beanie
- Gloves: OR Versaliner Gloves
- Socks: Darn Tough Light Cushion Socks
- Shoes: Salomon XA Pro Trail Runners
- Shoes (snow): Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX
Oct 19, 2018 at 2:23 pm #3560544bjcBPL Member
- Any general advice?
- Can the Capilene Thermalweight be used as a mid-layer on top of the Capilene Lightweight in shoulder season?
- Haven’t purchased the Salmon X Ultra 3 yet, any thoughts on using those with OR Crocs as my main winter shoe? I don’t own an insulated hiking boot, is it needed?
I have used a thermal weight zip neck as a midlayer over a cap lightweight zip from Springer in Georgia to Bennington VT. In temperature from say 35 and up I find heavier midlayers too warm when moving. If I keep my hands and head warm that usually suffices. I have carried a Montbell UL Thermawrap as my puffy so that can be used as midlayer if it gets too cold.Oct 19, 2018 at 5:55 pm #3560568Gabriel FBPL Member
Awesome. I wasn’t sure if it was an okay move to layer those two together as they’re both generally regarded as baselayers.Oct 20, 2018 at 2:22 am #3560656Gerry VBPL Member
Looks pretty good to me. Personally I’d add wpb pants, I prefer full zips for winter. In winter I would also take both puffys and add additional hand wear including a warm mitten option. I tend toward an insulated wpb boot for winter day hikes these days. You can use vapor barrier liners, I have done that in some very cold temps and been good. I would also want gaiters in winter. It is sure getting to be that time of year, have fun.
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