How To Layer Up Like A Pro With Wool Infographic
Since the infographic was created by a wool company it is biased. I am a big fan of wool, though, especially when you can get wool on the cheap.
When layering clothes you begin with the base layer. This is the layer that comes in contact with your skin.
You want to treat this like a second layer of skin. The goal is to retain body heat without getting sweaty. You want a material that will move perspiration away from the skin.
As an example cotton as a base layer would be terrible in the winter. Cotton will absorb the moisture and keep it on the skin. This will suck the heat from your body.
A light merino wool shirt or leggings will do much better than cotton as a base layer.
I prefer a synthetic base layer myself. It is usually cheaper and easier to find an under armor type base layer than merino wool.
You can find other types of wool easily at thrift stores. Merino wool can be found on occasion too. If you try to use another type of wool as a base layer you will regret it. You will not be able to stop itching.
The mid layer is where I like to use heavy wool. I want the mid layer to provide most of my warmth.
This layer is meant to retain heat. It does this by trapping body heat close to the body. Think of it as your insulation layer.
Natural fibers, such as merino wool and goose down work great as a mid layer.
The outer layer is there to protect you from the elements. This layer will offer rain and wind protection.
Not all outer layers will be rain proof. You will usually get a balance of rain resistance, wind resistance, and breathability.
In addition to the infographic below check out this introduction to Layered Clothing Systems.
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