Mid-Layers & Fleeces

Mid Layers and Fleeces

Mid Layers and Fleeces 

When looking for a good mid layer there can be quite a few technical terms that could make the purchasing decision a tad more tricky than just buying any kind of item, that is why we have written a handy guide to help you choose the right item for you!

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Fabric

Fabric

The first thing to look for with a mid layer is the type of fabric used for the layer itself, as different fabrics have different effects for the wearer, in the next few slides we will go over these different fabrics and their effects.

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Fleece

Fleece

While fleece used to be made of wool it is now made of synthetic materials with similar properties but without being as bulky as wool, it also still keeps warmth when wet which is fantastic if you take a big spill in the snow and happen to get some snow onto the fleece.

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Down

Down

With both synthetic and animal downs available down material is extremely breathable, warm and light however it does not perform as well as fleece material when wet as it holds on to the water much more, however if kept dry down material is much lighter and more breathable than fleece.

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Features

Features

With fleece it is worth seeing if there is an anti-pill feature this feature stops the material from balling up (otherwise known as pills) over time as washing and drying the fleece causes these balls to appear.

It is very much recommended to see if there is any waterproofing available as the less water you can get on any layer of your body while in the cold the better.

It may also be worth seeing if there is any wind proofing on the product you are getting as this helps keep you warm if the wind picks up on the mountains. 

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Mid Layers and Fleeces
Mid Layers and Fleeces
Fabric
Fabric
Fleece
Fleece
Down
Down
Features
Features