When shopping for outdoor clothing, you've probably heard about layering your clothing or as some people call it the ‘layering system’. The idea being is you layer clothing to help you to keep warm, dry and comfortable when moving through varying conditions, allowing you to add or remove layers depending on how you feel and the conditions you’re in. All the items should be easily packable, so they can fit inside your rucksack easily.
In this guide, we'll go through what you need to create the perfect layering set up when you’re outdoors and the weather is proving unpredictable.
It's easy to assume that when the temperature drops, you should wear the thickest clothing possible, when in actuality most mountain climbers, runners, cyclists, hill walkers and dog walkers will benefit from some variation in layering their clothing.
Carrying extra layers in your rucksack can help to keep you safe - the weather may be mild when you set off on your walk, but as you get higher into the hills, the temperature can and will take a sudden drop, and conditions can change in an instant.
How does the layering system work?
At a basic level, the layering system consists of three layers:
Below we'll take a look at these layers in a little more detail:
The Outer Layer (Shell)
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