Layering: the trend you need to know about

Love staying active and fit even in the winter? Need an easy solution to adapt quickly to the changing weather when you do outdoor sports? Well, we’ve got the answer you’ve been looking for! Not only will you be able to regulate your body temperature quickly and easily, but you’ll also have the trendiest, most comfortable look. Want to know how? Here’s the key: layering!

Layering usually consists of 3 layers (or more) that are worn during transitional seasons, or in winter, to have the best performance – and style – possible. You’ll need a base layer, a mid-layer, and an outer layer to create this popular style. Follow us, and we’ll share everything you need to know right here:

THE BASE LAYER

Did you know that cotton isn’t actually the best fabric for breathability? For your base layer, for men as well as women, opt for merino wool or other synthetic technology, such as polypropylene, which will evacuate the sweat from your body. This first layer is a thin shirt made to wick moisture away as you do outdoor physical activity. As it is the closest to your skin, it’s the first thing with which sweat comes into contact when you start to heat up. Base-ically (pun intended!) you won’t have to ever worry about getting too hot, as you can simply adjust the zippers of your outer layers as needed. The base layer is also soft and comfortable – an extremely practical type of second skin. Several options, materials, colours, and styles are available. It’s up to you to pick the one you love the most.

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THE MID-LAYER

Add a good mid-layer to your base layer which will trap warmth and keep it close to the body, even when your mid-layer gets wet. It’s a lightweight, durable layer, designed to allow for freedom of movement so you can stay active. The mid-layer is usually down-filled or synthetic-filled, and its purpose is to keep you warm. While your base layer evacuates humidity, your mid-layer will keep heat close to the body while you’re outside during the colder months. In a nutshell – no sweat but lots of warmth! And if you get too hot with all 3 layers on, the base and mid-layer can be worn super easily on their own – and your outer layer will be ready to go for when the temperature drops. Most mid-layer jackets have detachable hoods, so they may be worn without your outer layer – or simply detached when worn under your shell and you’re using your rain hood.

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THE OUTER LAYER

This is a thin layer, but don’t let that fool you! This layer, sometimes called a shell, is the one that does most of the work to keep you guarded against the cold. That’s because the purpose of this layer is to act as a windbreaker and to be waterproof. The shell is made to block out the elements, and act as a shield that contains and supports your other two layers. Made of materials that break the wind and are often completely waterproof (or at the very least, water-resistant), this is your outer power-layer! A little snow or rain will not be able to stop you, that’s for sure! Most softshell jackets also include detachable, adjustable rain hoods for optimal protection. Slide your hood on and you’ll be set to go. Your outer layer will even protect you from hail. You can find a variety of models that include an advanced-technology membrane to keep you dry. Simply ask a consultant in store who will guide you toward the right choice for you.

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ACCESSORIZING

Although these aren’t necessarily a layer, don’t forget to add some accessories like warm gloves, a toque and a scarf to your arsenal. Depending on your activity of choice, there is a selection of gloves from which to choose. If you are taking your fitness monitor with you, there are gloves with touchscreen fingertips that you may find useful. If it’s all about the warmth for you, gloves with a fleece lining are a great choice.

For your hat or toque, the style is really up to you! You can have some fun selecting a hat that shows off your personality. From moisture-wicking, thin, merino wool hats, to thick toques, the choices are limitless! Just make sure to cover up your head before heading outside, and you’ve got it made.

Last but definitely not least, protecting your neck from the cold with a scarf is essential. You can choose to layer a couple of scarves on top of each other, or opt for a neck warmer and scarf combo. Whichever you choose, tucking your neck protection into your jacket is the best way to keep any wind or chilly air from getting in. Scarves and neck warmers come in all shapes and sizes, materials and styles, and finding the perfect ones to keep you warm will depend on how long you will be outdoors, as well as how much you intend to move around. If you plan on being out on a very rainy or very snowy day, having backup accessories can’t hurt either, as you don’t want something wet to turn cold against your skin. Have fun picking out your favourite accessories to make your style unique!

Once you’ve got all these items, you’re all set! Comfortable, stylish, and shielded from the elements, you’ll be ready to take on anything.

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