The Outdoor Lab

Layer on layer

Find out how to make layer on layer properly for any required activity

How to layer up to Outdoor activities?

When it comes to outdoor wear the breathability dimension is just as important as the water column pressure (if not more important, some would say).

Let's make a breakdown on what “breathability” is.

When it comes to outdoor clothing, breathability is the degree measured in gr/m2/day to which a fabric allows body moisture to be transported through it and away from the body.

Breathable products starts working and being even more comfortable once you start sweating on your adventure, whether it’s fabric from jackets, midlayers, hoodies or other types of outdoor apparel.

Here it get's tricky. What you really want in most types of situations is a highly breathable and waterproof fabric at the same time, but this can be difficult to achieve for a waterproof fabric which is why outdoor gear that are able to combine the two factors of breathability and water-resistance is so important.

Quick Guide


Quick Guide: How to make layer on layer

There are a variety of ways to layer outdoor wear when you're on adventure. For most outdoor enthusiasts the layering rely on a classic three-parted system:

1. The Baselayer: A thin layer that sticks directly on your skin and is highly breathable.

2. The Midlayer: A thicker middle layer that provides insulation (typically from 30 gr./m.) and keeps you warm.

3. Outer shell: A strong and versatile outer layer that goes on the outside to offer weather protection, windproofing and breathable features.

The Base Layer

Typically made from a quick-drying, sweat-wicking material such as merino wool, nylon or polyester.

The baselayer is a lightweight layer that fits closely against your skin.

Base layers purpose is to lift perspiration as you sweat to help it evaporate quickly.

This keeps the sweat from cooling on your skin and making it feel cold and clammy.

The Midlayer

"The middle piece" that typically consists of a warm fleece or puffy insulated jacket.

For more active pursuits, you’ll want a breathable midlayer to prevent you from overheating.

The Outer Shell

The shell is the outer layer that protects you from the weather conditions. The shells finest job is to keep the layers underneath dry, blocking them from water or wind.

Normally, outer shells are constructed from materials such as nylon or polyester so they’re durable while also being in a lightweight finish.

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