Layering clothes for your next adventure

Correctly layering clothes for outside will keep you comfortable and protect you from the elements. Learn about the three key layers, when you should wear them and which materials will work the hardest for you.


Layering your clothes

Whether layering clothes for winter or summer, each layer of clothing has a function.

  • Base layer clothing is the layer closest to your skin, which means its main role is in managing moisture and regulating your temperature.
  • Mid-layer clothing keeps you warm but remains breathable so that it can be used during different weather conditions.
  • Outer layer clothing shields you from elements like wind, rain and snow and is often less of an insulator than a protector. 

Once you have all three, simply mix and match the layers to suit the conditions and personal preference: wear all layers if it’s freezing and wet, or just the base and outer layer if it’s hot and windy.


How to choose base layer clothing

The base layer (you might also know them as thermals) is your next-to-skin layer. Its function is to wick sweat away from your skin so you feel dry and comfortable — rather than cold and clammy — which is especially important when wearing layers in winter.

Base layer clothing also regulates body temperature. In cold conditions, a snug-fitting base layer will trap body heat and keep you warm, while in warmer conditions a loose-fitting base layer will allow air to freely circulate and keep you cool.

The best performing base layer clothing for outdoor adventures is generally made from Merino wool or synthetic, such as:

  • KMDCore polypro: this provides lightweight warmth for everyday adventures
  • KMDMotion thermals: this provides superior insulation in high-energy activities
  • KMDAscent: keeps you warm and dry in alpine conditions.

Merino wool serves as the ultimate base layer as it suits various weather conditions, keeping you warm in winter but remaining breathable.

Want to know more? Read about the benefits of Merino wool.

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