It’s the time of year when just a base layer and outer layer won’t cut it. When it’s cold, midlayers are just as important as your other layers. A midlayer creates warmth through trapped air and is your warmest layer. Look out for materials with good thermal properties and breathability that will keep you warm but won’t let you build up a sweat.
We caught up with our sailing buyer, Meg, to find out about her favourite midlayers.
A global bestseller! This water-resistant, windproof and breathable jacket keeps you warm and dry and protected from the elements. Quick dry fleece lined throughout including collar and pockets and adjustable fit add extra protection from the cold. This jacket works best as part of the Helly Hansen three layer system, combined with a Helly Hansen base layer and Helly Hansen Outer layer.
With its wind resistant and water repellent microfiber fabric and PFC Free DWR this jacket will keep you protected from the elements. Helly Hansen’s Crew Insulator jacket is made for sailing but is also wearable in the city or for dog walks thanks to its good looks, particularly the new colour way 'Trooper'.
Developed with input from professional racers, the Racing LifaLoft™ Jacket is Helly Hansen’s most technical mid-layer option. It delivers more warmth with less bulk using their LIFALOFT® insulation technology, as well as free movement with a full-stretch HELLY TECH® Performance shell for protection from spray or rain. Whilst this jacket was built for sailing around the world, it also looks sharp on land.
We love this dense fleece jacket because it helps to provide warmth and comfort, whilst remaining light and breathable. It has a high neck and full front zip which helps to withstand wind and trap the heat and the new shape and finish, results in a much more stylish garment, perfect for wearing at any time.
Constructed from 159gsm Polartec® 100% recycled microfleece, this jacket is designed for mid-layer and outer-layer use in moderate conditions. The fine cut Polartec® fleece contains a tightly knit, durable microfleece that has been designed with recycled fabrics to hold its form even after extended use. The high pile surface provides great thermal insulation while importantly remaining breathable.
Down is a fantastic natural insulator because it’s so light and lofty and traps air so effectively. Not so true if it gets wet. Gill have developed this sailing jacket with water-repellent down, so that when (rather than if) it gets wet, it continues to perform. The outer shell is windproof and water-repellent, and the 650 fill power down has a fantastic warmth to weight ratio, you’ll be surprised just how warm and light it is.
Written by Lucy Harris.
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