Benefits of Merino Wool Layering

When it comes to staying warm and comfortable, bigger isn’t necessarily better. In fact, the experts agree light weight layers are not only more comfortable, they can actually be more effective than bulky layers. And, of course, not just any light weight layer, but specific types of fabrics. When it comes to layering, our MicroMerino® fabrics are the rock stars of layering.

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Some people completely overlook underwear as the foundation of their layering. Big mistake. Ordinary underwear can really compromise the benefits of your next layers. Flat lock seams, no tags and the same breathability, moisture control and odor resistant properties as the rest of our layers makes our ‘Zodiac’ underwear the perfect starting point.

With underwear taken care of, you’ll want your first ‘official’ layer to sit comfortably smooth and tight against your skin. This sets you up for all types and levels of activity and the ‘Kryptos’ rib textured fabrics used in our ‘Vital’ Collection is exactly what you need. Not to be mistaken with the planet Superman came from, (that was Krypton), this fabric is super warm and comfortable. It’s been specially designed to wick moisture away from your skin while the ribbed texture creates little pockets of air and it’s the combination of these two effects that deliver unrivaled warmth when it’s cold, yet keeps you from overheating when it warms up.

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Your next layer, the base layer, should deliver maximum heat retention and our ‘Enigma’ fabrics do exactly that. ‘Enigma’ is lightweight and when layered over the ‘Kryptos’ fabrics used in our ‘Vital’ Collection, delivers the ultimate in temperate control. This is the next best thing to having an actual temperature dial on your clothes.

At 160gsm, this fabric is still wonderfully lightweight, and keeps you warm and dry without the risk of overheating. And thanks to just the right amount of elastin (4%), you’ll enjoy a nice 4-way stretch for a full range of movement whether you’re climbing up a mountain, racing down the slopes, or reaching across the bar.

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We call our mid-layer fabric ‘Colossus’ because it’s thicker, stretchier and a looser fit and is a great protection layer against the cold and wet. At 265gsm it’s significantly thicker than our ‘Enigma’ fabrics, but every bit as comfortable and still incredibly lightweight.

It’s a French Waffle but you don’t have to be French wear it - although it would be particularly handy in the French Alps or any other extra cold climates. The waffle texture helps create an air layer between it and the base-layer to add an extra level of thermal protection. Or in milder conditions you can always wear it on its own as it has a great next-to-skin feel.

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For maximum warmth and durability, you can add a final, outer layer to your outfit. Both our 230gsm ‘Vosges’ fabric and 280gsm full fleece ‘Boucle’ are luxuriously thick, yet unbelievably lightweight and breathable. Even without a waterproof shell, these fabrics will repel water and add another layer of natural insulation to keep you warm and comfortable when you’re in the kind of conditions that make for great adventures, but aren’t all that pleasant to be out and about in. Unless you’re layered up properly, of course!

Our jacket, vest and track pant outer layers also happen to be perfect for before and after adventures or, let’s be honest here, doing absolutely nothing at all when you’re just lounging around the house.