Layering with the right pieces helps you stay outside and stay comfortable for a whole range of outdoor adventures. Peel off an insulated jacket when it gets warm or throw on a waterproof shell when it starts to rain, and you’re good to go.
Base layers are your first layer, right next to your skin. You want base layers to wick away perspiration, so you don’t get chafed or chilled.
The main job of middle layers is to keep you warm. Like base layers, middle layers come in a variety of materials and weights. Fleece and insulation are popular choices for middle layers.
Outer layers, also called shells, protect you from the elements. Shells come in a spectrum of styles, from serious technical gear to minimalist layers with just a touch of protection.
Dial in your layering combinations and you’ll regulate your temperature, protect yourself from the elements, and be ready for whatever adventures cross your path.