Clothes and Layering

Best Mid-Layer Insulation Apparel

Patagonia R1 - 100 Weight Fleece

What is the best mid-layer insulation apparel for hikers and backpackers? It depends, of course, on where you hike and the weather conditions you expect to encounter. But first lets define what a mid-layer is to avoid confusion. A mid-layer insulation top is usually worn over a base layer long …

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Do You Have a Hiking Uniform?

Philip Werner's Hiking Uniform

I wear the same clothes on every three-season hike I take. Well, not exactly the same identical clothes, but I always wear a RailRiders Madison River Shirt, RailRiders Eco-Mesh Pants, and Under Amour Heatgear underwear. I like the layout of their pockets, the cooling vents sewn into the fabric, the …

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Rain Shell Chest Pockets

EMS Helix Hard Shell Jacket

Napoleon Chest Pockets When it comes to hard shell jackets for backpacking, you really want to buy a rain jacket that has napoleon chest pockets aligned along your sternum instead of side pockets. Waist level side pockets are completely worthless because they’re going to be covered up by your hip …

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