here's my layering system: you can add/remove for comfort. all items=cold as fuck=no problem
starting from next to skin:
-ultralight relaxed fit baselayer: I like patagoina cap1, but silk and merino wool are also top choices.
-some kind of hi-tech t-shirt: to protect the delicate fabric of my baselayer from zips and other harshnesses
-merino wool sweater: I would say mine is a sort of mid-weight sweater, definitely one of my favorite pieces that provides so much warmth with full breathability
-nano-puff jacket: on super cold days this will stop any wind that may penetrate the shell and provides a fullness to your setup for zero air/wind pockets and full insulation without the restrictive problems of an actual puffy (too hot for me 98% of the time but absolute necessary toaster item on frigid days)
-shell jacket. the xxx/xxx rating that you require depends on location, here in CO and Utah 5k is fine as its almost never wet, the coasts may enjoy a little more beef. Goretex is expensive and fucking awesome - buy it if u can no matter where you live.
I never have a problem with my legs getting cold but if it is very cold I will wear heavy fleece pants between baselayer and snowpants. I don't have any fancy baselayers for leggings but I like my loose fitting lightweight polartech all the time and then you can double up if needed - I tend to like a little air down there even when its cold, my boys don't love the sauna.
another favorite item: merino wool buff. discrete head covering under helmet when cold, wind block, face cover, neck, uv protect, fucking rad piece.
I should probably do a sticky somehow, as I've written this like 6 times now and I think I've gotten to the point where my methods (which I learned from people with more experience than me, Nivek for one) are biblical.
things to avoid:
cotton: socks, sweatpants, sweatshirt, t-shirt, boxers
anything tight: some people will swear by their tight baselayers (I know it makes you feel like spiderman), but if you are cold, follow the advice of relaxed fit. tbh I could probably get away with the tight shit as I'm never cold, but no thx.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 11-04-2013 at 01:55 PM.