Layering 101 With A Weekend Warrior

Layering 101 With A Weekend Warrior

  • 11 April 2018
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  • Capestorm

We recently chatted to our Capestorm Ambassador, De Wet Du Toit about his tips on layering for winter.  This is what he had to say: 

"Ask any seasoned outdoor professional what the key is to staying warm in the great and often cold outdoors, and they will reply a good layering system and great bedding. In this blog I will give a few tips on how to layer yourself so that you are ready for cold winter outings in the mountains."

A three-layer system should be more than enough for any conditions you can expect in South Africa.

Working from the inside out:

1) Bottom Layer
This layer is the ‘underwear’ layer which is responsible to wick sweat off the skin and thus keep you dry.

Clothing Choice: Capestorm Fleck Long Sleeve Shirt (Ladies or Men's). Featuring a lightweight Wic-Dry fabric, which increases breathability and keeps you dry when out on the trails.

Capestorm Layering 101 - Bottom Layer

2) Middle Layer
This layer is the insulating layer, which is responsible for keeping you warm.

Clothing Choice: For me this is a no-brainer, I would choose the Capestorm Men's Perimeter Down Jacket, but I am a cold-blooded person and a fleece top might be enough for the average person, in which case the functional Puffadder fleece is recommended.

Depending the severity of the cold as well as packing space either a fleece  or down middle layer can be used.

Capestorm Layering 101 - Mid Layer

3) Outer layer
This is the shell layer, which serves to keep you dry and protected from the wind. Either a windproof or a waterproof outer layer might be needed in the cold and sometimes wet South African winters. In the mountains an outer layer performing both functions may be needed.

Clothing Choice: Capestorm’s Men's Valdivian Jacket. This jacket is a great addition since it packs away small when it is not needed. For the ladies I would suggest the Capestorm Ladies Billow Waterproof Jacket.
You do not necessarily need all 3 layers all the time, but it is a good idea to always have them handy whenever you are outdoors for longer than the average morning hike.

Capestorm Layering 101 - Outer Layer