The 4 steps of layering for an active lifestyle
Layering is the best way of managing heat and humidity when outdoors. There are endless combinations of layers, depending on conditions and activity. In this guide, we will go through the 4 core pillars of layering, base layer, midlayer, outer layer and insulation.
Why is layering correctly important during outdoor activities?
When we are outside and moving our bodies, we create heat and humidity. Humidity between your layers is a significant problem, and every type of performance fabric tries to address this differently. The biggest issues are how humidity impacts the fabric’s function and the consequences that follow.
When the fibers of a fabric become moist, the fabric allows less air to pass through it, leading to even more humidity being trapped. The trapped humidity draws heat from the body and can lead to excessive cooling. In freezing conditions, this problem becomes even worse, as humidity can form ice crystals, which makes the fabric stiff and lose its elasticity.
This is why humidity needs to be actively managed when the amount of insulation is increased, and the right type of layers need to be added. A good rule of thumb is: 1. A base layer to remove excessive moisture. 2. A midlayer with warmth and wicking effects. 3. A protective outer layer. 4. For cold, dry days, a down jacket can be added for extra warmth. But the best part of layering? It is fully modifiable to suit your exact needs.