Our Top Five Mid Layers
Knowing how to layer properly is fundamental to a life spent in the outdoors. From skiing and snowboarding, through to to trail running, daily jogs and even just a gentle mid-winter walk, layering correctly allows you to get outside in all conditions, all year long.
With your base layer providing the solid foundation, it’s time to consider the mid layer. The combination of a thermal base layer and mid layer allows you to control and maintain your body heat while still enjoying full range of movement.
This movement and heat control can easily be lost through hefty winter coats, making exercise a chore. The right clothing makes all the difference and can combat even the dreariest grey days in winter. Here, we explore some of our favourite mid layers.
The North Face Denali
Fleece is an absolute game changer when it comes to mid layers and the Denali from The North Face is as classic as they come. This jacket was originally developed for climbers back in 1989 but has remained a benchmark item for the outdoor brand ever since. The quick drying, sweat wicking fleece is overlayed on shoulders and chest with a water resistant fabric making it a truly diverse garment to tackle the crags, trails and frigid early morning runs on the street.
RAB was created for 'mountain people' and the brand has spent years dedicated to the needs of rock climbers, hikers and fell runners. The Cirrus jacket is ideal for unpredictable conditions as it has enough loft and warmth for changeable temperature, but is light and nimble enough not to be restrictive when on the move. Climbers need ultimate flexibility and full range of movement and this reliable mid layer from RAB allows them exactly that.
Berghaus Kyberg Polartec
Another fleece, this time from outdoor powerhouse Berghaus. This layer has plenty of storage for snacks, phones or energy gels and is a solid piece for mountain bikers where the wind whips around the body on downhill descents. Breathable, lightweight and quick drying, this fleece offers supreme warmth and a water resistant overlay on the shoulders.
Arcteryx Atom SL
This brand brings serious chops to the table when it comes to mountain attire and the Atom SL is a high functioning utility layer for the ages. Lightly insulated with the trademarked Coreloft, you get ample warmth with minimum bulk. The air permeable side panels allows for breathability and to prevent overheating, making this a perfect option for late spring days in the hill as well as blustery afternoons running round the park.
Patagonia Nano Puff
The Nano Puff jacket from Patagonia has become something of an icon. Super lightweight, warm and flexible, it’s the jacket that can go with you anywhere, from layering up in the mountains, to fending off the evening chill on the beach. Patagonia’s Nano Puff packs down super small and is perfect for lightweight travel, or to stuff into your running pack on an ultra marathon.