Why Layer For The Snow
Layering for the snow is the best way to be comfortable in all conditions. Each layer has a function. The base layer is the first layer against your skin controlling moisture; having a good quality Merino base layer is important to staying warm and dry. The mid layer provides the warmth; a fleece jumper is a good mid layer option. Finally the outer layer shields you from the elements, the rain and wind. Layering will keep you warm in cold weather and you can remove layers as the weather warms up.
Your base layer is the layer that touches your skin. It should be breathable, light and fitted. The misconception with staying warm is that thick clothes equal warm clothes but this isn’t always the case especially with your base layer. Oyuki Merino base layer are made from 100% Australian Merino Wool which makes them extremely comfortable to wear because they regulate your temperature, keeping you warm when it’s cold and cooler when it’s hot. They are an extremely breathable thermal which means they help keep you nice and dry if you are working hard. Definitely something you should wear up to the mountains regardless of conditions.
The Mid layer is often a fleece jumper that can easily be added or removed depending on temperatures. The mid layer should be providing most of your warm. For example The North Face Thatch Hoodie. The North Face Thatch Hoodie is a fleece-lined soft shell. Asymmetrical front zip adds unique style for today’s modern rider. Ribbing at cuffs and hem provides casual sweatshirt-style fit, while monkey thumbs at base of each sleeve fosters added coverage in cold weather. It is a really warm hoodie from a dependable brand.
The outer layer must be able to protect you from the elements such as rain and wind. The outer layer normally stays on, when temperatures when up ditch the mid layer before the ditching the outer layer. The North Face Baker Deluxe delivers insulation and removable faux fur for powder-day ruggedness. A warm, waterproof and windproof jacket that is perfect example of an outer layer.
Keeping your torso warm is important but so is the rest of your body so make sure you kit yourself out with a quality pair of socks – one good pair of Merino, breathable socks will make your day so much easier and so much more comfortable. From the bottom to the top: ensure that your goggles fit your face correctly, no gaps between the foam and your face.
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