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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?

post #2 of 11

I use one of these under my shell 

 

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/or-gear/jackets/insulation/transcendent-hoody-m-s-1.html

 

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.

post #3 of 11

Arcteryx Atom LT vest or Arcteryx Atom SV Hoodie.  I use them both dependent upon temperatures.  Excellent warmth to weight ratio.  

post #4 of 11

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.

post #5 of 11

QUICK!

 

https://www.steepandcheap.com/

 

Mountain Hardware one is up! your got till 12:00 EST!

post #6 of 11

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Originally Posted by skibou12 View Post

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.


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?

 

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

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.

post #8 of 11

Just make sure whatever down sweater you get has a DWR finish because that will increase the wind resistance.  I have a Patagonia down sweater with DWR and I've never felt the wind through it.

post #9 of 11

Also check out theclymb.com theyres a few down sweaters for a great price.

post #10 of 11

I have the Atom vest for normal days in the mid 20* 's and the pattagonia down sweater jacket for the cold days. I wear them over a light North Face Polor Fl. shirt. I have been warm all winter this year!

post #11 of 11
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Thanks for the help!!!

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