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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am looking for suggestions on a good Mid-Layer to use with a shell jacket. I will want something that is very warm as I will be using it in temps around 20 degrees.

I did notice some Mid-Layers are windproof and I am not sure why as that is what I thought the shell was for.

I don't mind spending the money to be warm.
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post #3 of 12
Look for something made with Polartec Thermal Pro. I usually find it's too warm unless it's really really cold. Polartec Power Stretch is a very warm base layer.
post #4 of 12
This is mine.

http://www.mountainhardware.com/Prod...&viewAll=False

It's basically the same weight as a normal zip T, but has a Windstopper layer in key frontal locations. By the time it's 20, I've only got a compression 1st layer, this, and a vest on. If it's really windy, then I'll wear a long-sleeved fleece or shell.

On truly cold days (under zero), then the same two first layers and and a light to medium weight insulated shell is plenty. YMMV depending on wind and cloud cover.
post #5 of 12
I have this one. http://www.rei.com/REI-Outlet/product/755988, but Mountain Hardwear also makes the Compressor. Same idea. Primaloft insulating layer.
post #6 of 12
Under a shell, I would say a capilene 3 zip tee would be perfect.
post #7 of 12
+ 1 for the primaloft idea but consider a vest not full jacket. I always wear a baselayer and shell ... used to choose between 3 or 4 different fleece midlayers (light, midweight, vest, etc.) but they have not seen much use since I found a Patagonia "puff" vest on the closeout rack, which is some sort of synthetic down substitute, probably primalost or similar.. It's lighter and less constricting than any fleece -- washable -- and just more comfortable. Advantage over a jacket is it's smaller, lighter, and when you go into the lodge or car and take off your shell you can unzip the vest and immediately cool down, so less on and off.than with a jacket style midlayer.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have been looking at this jacket as a mid-layer, but I don't know if it will be too bulky.

http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?Delta-SV-Jacket#
post #9 of 12

Montbell jacket

I been lookin' at this - http://www.promountainsports.com/clothing.shtml
for a warmer than basic fleece mid layer...... Anyone have any experience with Montbell products?

Try this link - http://www.montbell.us/products/disp...3&p_id=2301221
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Heck there are so many choices my head is spinning.
post #11 of 12
I doubt it's the quality of what's been mentioned so far, and I haven't used it in really cold weather, but I've been using a $10 Performance Fleece from Old Navy for the last couple of years and have no complaints. With a decent shell and an expedition weight base layer, I think it could do the job.

not to hijack the thread, but I've been wondering what makes a $100 fleece from TNF or Mountain Hardware worth 10x the price of the one I have. . .
post #12 of 12
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I doubt it's the quality of what's been mentioned so far, and I haven't used it in really cold weather, but I've been using a $10 Performance Fleece from Old Navy for the last couple of years and have no complaints. With a decent shell and an expedition weight base layer, I think it could do the job.

not to hijack the thread, but I've been wondering what makes a $100 fleece from TNF or Mountain Hardware worth 10x the price of the one I have. . .
I have one of those as well. They keep you warm, but it lacks the water wicking ability that the others have.
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