Hi everyone, I'm looking for a good warm midlayer that will work for super cold days under my parka. I currently wear a fleece but the wind rips right through. I am thinking mountain hardware. Does anyone have any help?
I use one of these under my shell
It is incredibly warm and insulating. The key to a down sweater is to make sure that it fits well, if air is coming in from the bottom it won't keep you very warm.
If wind is getting through your parka you might want to invest in a new one or a shell.
Most major brands have some form of micro puff jacket, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, North Face, Mountain Hardware. Any of them will keep you toasty just depends on which one you want and pricing. Also Patagonia ones have been showing up on Steepandcheap recently.
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The Patagucci down sweater is super nice for layering. They make it in a couple thicknesses now too. I detest the hoodie versions because all the heat goes up into your goggles if you have the hood up, and the hood adds stupid bulk behind your neck if you don't. If I want to keep my head warmer, I'll add a balaclava or beanie.
Welcome to Epic. Can you give us more information about your parka and the fleece? I don't understand how the wind can go through the fleece if it's under the parka. Is the parka not windproof?
Actually, I work courtecy patrol on a mountain. The parkas they give us have been around a while and seem to have lost their wind resistance. They are a decent quality marker product, but need a little help. I currently wear a patagonia r2 as a midlayer on the cold days but a stiff wind still seems to go right through. I have seen quite a few people using down jackets instead of fleece and I think it might be a better layering option.