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Recommendations on Inner and Mid Layer?

post #1 of 6
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I've been skiing with just a long underwear, no name sweats inside the Patagonia Primo, and I've been ok, but with the super cold weather that we've been getting lately (-20~-30ish), I realized it's just not cutting it... I may just be getting too old...

 

So, I wanted to ask what's your recommendation on the inner and mid layer?  

post #2 of 6
I have an old pair of Patagonia puffy pants for my mid layer that do the trick on super cold days, but a friend gave me a pair of insulated ski pants this fall and they've been the cold day go to.
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I was skiing in -20 to -30 degree F weather over Christmas, and I was wearing the following top layers: Long sleeve UA Heatgear baselayer, long sleeve heavy merino wool baselayer, thin fleece layer, Patagonia Nano- Air, and Gore- tex shell. Sounds pretty bulky, but it actually wasn't too bad. I stayed warm enough to ski all day, but most of my friends called it shortly after lunch.

 

I really like the Nano- Air as a mid-layer, and for base layers I think that synthetics are warmer than merino wool.

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I was skiing in -20 to -30 degree F weather over Christmas, and I was wearing the following top layers: Long sleeve UA Heatgear baselayer, long sleeve heavy merino wool baselayer, thin fleece layer, Patagonia Nano- Air, and Gore- tex shell. Sounds pretty bulky, but it actually wasn't too bad. I stayed warm enough to ski all day, but most of my friends called it shortly after lunch.

 

I really like the Nano- Air as a mid-layer, and for base layers I think that synthetics are warmer than merino wool.

thanks!! I hear great thing about Nano Air, you've convinced me to check them out! 

Did you feel the need of having Wool and fleece? or do you think UA + Poly T-Shirt +Nano Air+Shell would have done the trick?

post #5 of 6

I think the fleece was definitely key to warmth. I could probably have gotten away with UA baselayer, fleece, Nano Air, and shell. The hood on the Nano Air is really compressible and it's a scuba style hood, so I was wearing that under my helmet as well. It makes a big difference in keeping out the cold air. 

 

Another thing that really helps in bitter cold is one of these facemasks: http://www.amazon.com/Seirus-Innovation-Neofleece-Scarf-Combo/dp/B0018BJSQW. They won't freeze on your face and have really good wind protection.

post #6 of 6
For last several years have been using Columbia omni heat longjohns and shirts with McKinley insulated pants and a light long sleeve shirt over top. the jacket varies but as a next to skin/base layer I have found the Columbia gear quite toasty down to -15 C without any real technical mid layer.for my torso. I haven't had cold legs ever but that is likely as much a function of activity combine with the short ifts I ride as anything. Once on a Feb ski trip in maine it got down to around -20F and i just added a fleece shirt and was comfortable. I see a lot of merino wool products in store but am tending to think in my environment it doesn't bring any siginificant benefit for added cost. If i was fortunate to be out more then 20 days on larger colder terrain, I would be revisiting that issue for sure.
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