Whether you’re riding chairlifts all day or earning your turns in the backcountry, you need layers that are in tune with each other. The midlayer is the meat of your winter apparel sandwich—go thick for cold days with less activity and thinner for heart-pounding ascents and heavy activity. Since fabrics used in outerwear are now uber-technical with waterproof/breathable properties and lightweight insulation, it’s important to have a midlayer that doesn’t hold in the moisture that your next-to-skin layer just wicked away.

Many apparel manufacturers have responded to the consumer buying trend that includes layering with an entire brand, so look for customizable systems of a variety of base and midlayer options in different weights. Many midlayers are the translayers of the apparel industry, meaning that they can be either a jacket or an insulation piece, essentially giving you two garments for the price of one.

No matter how you recreate this winter, these midlayers will help take the focus off of staying warm and dry so you can concentrate on having a great time outside.


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