I was just reviewing my kit list spreadsheet and having a look at my layers.
I wear a base layer, which varies between different things (bamboo, merino, synthetic, short sleeve, long sleeve) but the weight is all similar, all c200g apart from the heaviest l/s merino top, and I find them all relatively similar on short trips
I have a windproof (Golite Lite Speed, 190g) and a waterproof (Berghaus Paclite, 380g)
I usually carry a mid layer and an insulation layer, but I?m reviewing these as there are various options and I?m wondering what every one takes
For my mid layer I generally take a 100wt fleece top, which is hardy and reliable. I have a berghaus one which is 330g
On my last trip I took a Icebreaker nomad hoody. It is very comfortable to wear and the thumb holes and hood were great, particularly the latter which was a nice close fit on my head. This weighs 549g. It?s a 320 wt merino, I?m not actually sure if its warmer than the fleece
Later in the evening, when it got slightly colder, I threw on some synthetic insulation, a Berghaus Ignite, which is a primaloft filled jacket and weights 343g
I also have a craghoppers down vest (340g) and a PHD mimimus jacket (470g)
Being a kit junkie I like to rotate all my stuff so it gets use, whilst also taking as little weight as possible, whilst also not taking anything I don?t need.
The 100wt fleece is always good, so was the icebreaker hoody, but the latter is over 200g heavier. In moderate weather or more then I can?t walk in a midlayer, I overheat too quickly. When I stop I like to throw something on, which is often just the midlayer unless its really cold when I might throw on my over the top insulation
Does everyone carry a midlayer and outer insulation? I?m wondering whether in the warmer weather a midlayer alone might be OK, and maybe in the cooler weather if outer insulation without the midlayer might be OK, as I might warm up enough when walking that I don?t need the midlayer.
I can?t remember what temps I wear a midlayer in when active, though obviously there?s flat, uphill and downhill walking!
Thinner, lighter layers are more versatile, but I like the idea of being cosy in my down jacket in the evening, and I was loving the Icebreaker hoody, even though it was heavy.
- what do you take with you when?
- What do you wear when?
- Anyone prefer fleece over synthetic insulation?
- Vests or jackets?
- What weight of fleece compares with weights of merino?