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post #1 of 11
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Im wondering what most people wear under a lightweight shell.  I am looking for a down insulated layer and im trying to decide whether it would be better to invest in a vest or something with sleeves. It seems like a vest would give more freedom of movement but not as much warmth.  An insulated layer with sleeves could be too warm though. opinions?  thanks

post #2 of 11

Those Patagucci down sweaters are awesome. I think you get more warmth with less bulk from one of those than from a vest.

post #3 of 11

I'm all about the vest.  I use pile.  I have a jacket that matches the vest, but I hardly use it in Tahoe.  On really cold days, I'll use the jacket, but it feels bulky and makes my arms sweat.  As long as the core is warm, I think the extremities are OK.  If I need more warmth, I zip up the vents in my shells (pants & jacket).

post #4 of 11

+1 for Patagonia down sweaters.  That's what I wear over the base layer and under the shell, no matter how cold.  It weighs almost nothing and can be compressed to about the size of a squashed medium cantalope,  The zipper failed on my first one and I sent it back to Patagonia, less than two weeks later I had a new one.  Mountain Hardwear, Marmot and Outdoor Research also make down sweaters.

post #5 of 11

while i have a fleece vest and various mid-layers, recent fav is a Patagonia Nano Puff...very light, very warm, but not down.  Was worried on the amount of sweat/moisture under my shell during a reasonably vigorous session.  Only down side this year is that with the warmth of the ski areas in CO have not had it cold enough to wear it under my shell, maybe in FEB. 

 

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+1 for Patagonia down sweaters.  That's what I wear over the base layer and under the shell, no matter how cold.  It weighs almost nothing and can be compressed to about the size of a squashed medium cantalope,  The zipper failed on my first one and I sent it back to Patagonia, less than two weeks later I had a new one.  Mountain Hardwear, Marmot and Outdoor Research also make down sweaters.



 

post #6 of 11

When it's super cold go multiple mid layers (primaloft rules!), but with the mildish weather around Lake Tahoe, I'm usually wearing my Triple Aught Design Praetorian Hoodie (http://www.tripleaughtdesign.com/Apparel/Sweaters-Hoodies/Praetorian-Hoodie). It's wool so it doesn't get cold and clammy when I sweat a lot and it's close fitting enough to not bunch up under my shell. I was a little leery about paying so much for a hoody, but I liked it so much I ended up getting a gray to go along with my black one.

post #7 of 11

Sleeves.  If my base-layer is light enough that i'm comfortable in a vest, my arms are cold.  If my base-layer is heavy enough that my arms aren't cold, and I'm in a vest, I'm hot.

post #8 of 11

Get both.  You can have the best of both worlds.

 

Dennis

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for the info everyone.  I just recently upgraded to a nice shell from a cheap insulated jacket that didn't breath at all.  I never seem to be cold in the cheapo jacket (except when I sweat too much and get chilled) even when I wear just a baselayer  I live in Vermont so I'm leaning towards something with sleeves, especially since that would probably get more use in non-skiing activities too. Although I ski mostly bumps and trees with the occasional bootpack so I tend to get hot from exertion...

 

I don't have much experience actually wearing well made stuff so thats where a little bit of my worry comes from that I may be too hot with a down jacket with sleeves. 

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Get both.  You can have the best of both worlds.

 

Dennis



Thanks. And I wish I could.  That would be ideal, but the funds just arent there for it at the moment unfortunately.

post #11 of 11
I like down vests, keeps my arms nice and cool so i don't overheat. I don't wear my down vest unless it's really cold.
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