How-to layer athleisure apparel
Perfecting the art of layering
Not as complicated as you may think, layers work together to regulate body temperature and manage excess moisture inside clothing. Proper layering also allows clothes to move freely over each other, so you don’t experience restriction or chafing. The right balance of performance apparel adds up to more time outdoors, giving you more time to comfortably pursue winter activities.
Baselayer: the first layer, worn next-to-skin, determines your other layers. Heavier weights are recommended for cold weather conditions and lower output.
Mid-layer and fleece: the second layer is permeable and provides some warmth and protection through the use of synthetic materials and fleece variations.
Insulation: the third layer provides the highest warmth-to-weight value and packs small. Down insulation is best suited to cool and dry conditions. Synthetic insulation remains warm when damp and is more abrasion resistant but less compact than down.
Shell jackets: the fourth layer is the most waterproof, windproof, and breathable layer, most often worn on the outside of all other layers.
Insulated shell jackets: the fifth layer is lighter than an equivalent two-piece system, insulated shell jackets combine premium lightweight warmth of down insulation with a weatherproof outer shell.
Belay jackets: the sixth layer is designed to be worn over all other layers, belay jackets are an extra layer that is packable, lightweight, and meant for use during periods of rest or low activity.
Our variety of apparel brands can help everyone become a master of layering. From timeless favorites like Lululemon and Smartwool to more recent brands such as Vuori and Arc’teryx, each creates distinctive performance apparel that works hard to keep you warm. If you’re planning your next incentive trip or event, our on-site apparel gift experiences have you covered.