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How to properly layer

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest. Dressing properly for a hike can be a stressful thing to organise. You need to think about climate, comfort, weight and flexibility. However, the layering system is the perfect way to keep you warm. The layering system consists of three layers, including:

Base Layer: regulates your body temperature and wicks away moisture from your skin. Best brands are any made from Merino Wool [not cotton items]. This item will wick moisture away from your skin and help regulate your body temperature. These products are also known as “thermals” or modern skins, you must have at least your chest and abdomen areas with a base layer.

Mid Layer: This layer traps the heat in. This item would be a fleece jacket, a down jacket or vest or soft-shell Jacket. It would be advisable to have two garments, one being lighter weight for warmer days and one heavier for colder days.

Outer Layer: This layer would typically be your raincoat. Please select a good quality garment made of Gore-tex or similar material and preferably knee length. These fabrics are waterproof and breathable. This type of material lets your sweat vapour to pass through the fabric and prevents water vapour [rain] to get in

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