How to layer clothing for the outdoors

How to layer clothing for the outdoors

When you’re planning an outdoor trip or adventure, layering your clothing is an excellent way to be prepared for all sorts of weather.

By trapping air, wicking moisture and creating plenty of barriers to the elements, layers help you stay warm, dry and comfortable. There are no hard and fast rules to layering outdoor clothing, but there are some key elements to get the hang of.

Layering effectively starts with a good base.

Layering from the base level up.

To layer effectively, you need to start with a good base. The base layer is the one you wear closest to your skin and ideally, you want it to be very soft and excellent at drawing moisture away from your body. We love Merino wool as a base layer, due to its excellent moisture absorption and odour resistant properties.

Flexible mid-layers.

When it comes to middle layers, it’s generally better to have a variety of thin t-shirts or long sleeved tops and a light fleece rather than one chunky jumper. Layering up not only traps heat, it lets you adjust your comfort levels easily. Merino wool mid-layers are perfect for taking on and off again, as they can be folded up and stored in small packages.

Woman in a FINDRA Technical Gilet

Protective outer layers.

Your outer layers are the ones you want to directly protect you from the elements, so look for waterproof and windproof clothing. Even when the weather looks clear, be sure to pack an outer layer, you never know when conditions might change. Choose fabrics that will fold up tightly in a size that will easily fit over your other layers.

Accessories to add to your outdoor layers.

Accessories can make a world of difference when it comes to staying comfortable. A hat or headband can protect from the sun’s rays and soak up sweat, as well as protect from rain or wind. Arm warmers and neck wraps add extra heat without bulking up your middle. Tough, cosy and soft socks are a must for all activities.

Our FINDRA clothing has been designed to work together as part of a layering system that can be adapted to suit all sorts of activities. We’ve even created colour schemes that complement each other, so you are free to mix and match to your heart’s content.