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Budget options for mid layer?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I am in need of more mid layer clothing due to me only have 2 sets of mid layer clothing which is not enough for the 5 planned days of skiing/boarding I want to do. Sure I wish I could afford $150-200 Patagonia or arcteryx mid layer options but thats not really doable for me.

What are some options that I can go and buy? I am also in Canada so I might be limited to super cheap options but stuff that I can buy in Canada too would be a plus and when I mean cheap, $20 or so would be nice but even $50 would be ok too.

Let me hear your secrets. Any Walmart specials but it actually works?

Thanks
post #2 of 6

You say you have 2 sets of base layers, the best budget option would be to use what you already have.  Take that days base layer into the shower with you (not wearing it at the time), little soap,  rinse and squeeze, after finishing shower hang them up or drape over radiator.  They will be fresh and dry by the end of the next day.  Repeat procedure with the other pair and alternate back and forth.  My whole family does this on our longer ski trips.  Only downside is the room can look like a laundromat at times.

 

EDIT: Just saw that you said MID layer (for some reason I assumed base).  If you mean what I think you mean by mid-layer, how funky do they really get between 2 pairs in 5 days?

 

EDIT 2: I REALLY hope this doesn't degenerate into something like the other "my underwear is too tight" thread


Edited by Alveolus - 12/7/11 at 8:21pm
post #3 of 6
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Yeah it's midlayer stuff I am in need of. I could wash it everyday after skiing but I have some arcteryx stuff that was $200 each and don't wanna wear it out from washing the 2 shirts 5 times a week.

Like I know fleece and wool work but is the fleece/wool sold at Walmart breathable and wick moisture or is the arcteryx and patagonia stuff has special material inside of it to help with this?
post #4 of 6

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Originally Posted by cereal83 View Post

Yeah it's midlayer stuff I am in need of. I could wash it everyday after skiing but I have some arcteryx stuff that was $200 each and don't wanna wear it out from washing the 2 shirts 5 times a week.

 Well first off if you are alternating 2 pairs...in 5 days one would get washed twice and the other 3 times (the third time would be back at home).  But I would question whether your mid layer really needs washed after every day of skiing (unless you sweat enough to soak your base layer).

 

I have used cheap fleece (so cheap as to be unbranded) mid layers on occasion without ill effects....but then again I run hot and 90% of the time ski with a base layer covered with a minimally insulated parka.  I ski in the PNW and it can get pretty cold, but other than sometimes getting cold on a lift I am comfy

post #5 of 6

To me, mid-layer means fleece.  Personally, I haven't had a problem using fleece for a few days in a row, but if I had to pick up some fleece cheap, I'd go to Sierra Trading Post.  It seems they have a Canadian site.  Fleece is pretty much a commodity, so I'd ignore brand unless you want it to zip into a shell you already own.  For me, I prefer fleece vests, but I own a jacket, too, just in case.

post #6 of 6
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Yeah I figured it was all the same but I did want to be sure before I spent my money on something and had to throw it away. I do see some Columbia sweaters that are $20 each but I am not sure about size. I don't sweat like a pig but I do like fresh clothes skiing.

Just thought I would ask to confirm.

Thanks
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