Layering Systems

Many thin layers are much better in principle
than one thick layer.

Autumn through to Spring weather can differ from day to day and even hour by hour and its therefore paramount your kit is up to the job and offers the right level of protection against the elements while maintaining comfort.

There is nothing worse than feeling cold when you are exercising or overheating because you have the wrong layers on and end up slowing down to moderate the damp feeling of sweat. Layering is perfect solution to eliminate both of these issues and makes sure you stay warm without overheating when you turn up the effort.
Many thin layers are much better in principle that one thick layer. Customers often comment that a thin garment wont keep them warm, but actually, the athlete is the radiator creating the heat and the garments are there to trap this warmth while allowing enough heat to escape to keep you comfortable. A thick garment that isn’t windproof will not keep you warmer than an ultra thin windproof layer that stops wind-chill.

Fibre also has a massive effect on the overall layering system and we use merino wool as much as possible as this is the only fibre that regulates your body temperature, warming you when you are cold but cooling you when you start to warm up.

Many sportswear brands use polyester because it’s cheap and wicks sweat fast, however it also heats you up so you become hotter and hotter the harder you exercise and then feels cold to the touch when you stop. We therefore suggest you always wear merino wool next to the skin and keep merino in as many layers as you need until the outer layer which is there to protect you from the wind and rain.
There isn’t a secret formula for how many layers are needed per temperature as we all feel the cold differently and also exercise at different rates, but we suggest several thin layers that work together is much better than mixing merino and polyester or a single thick layer.