Man in a Midlayer

Winter's Warmest Midlayers

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.


Helly Hansen Men's Crew Midlayer Jacket

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.

  • Fully seam sealed
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • One hand adjustable hem
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Hand warmer pockets


Helly Hansen Men’s Crew Insulator 2.0 Jacket

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'.

Other features:

  • 80% recycled Primaloft® black insulation for warmth
  • PFC-free water-repellent microfiber fabric to keep you dry
  • Web tape piping at the collar


Helly Hansen Women’s HP Racing Lifaloft Jacket

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.

Other features:

  • PFC-free water-repellent microfiber fabric to keep you dry
  • 2 Hand Pockets with Brushed Lining
  • Adjustable Cuffs
  • Adjustable Hem with Drawcord
  • Full Stretch Construction


Gill Women’s Polar Fleece Jacket

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.

Other features:

  • Front zip with internal storm guard
  • Handwarmer pockets with soft microfibre lining
  • Lightweight YKK Metaluxe zippers


Zhik Men’s Polartec Zip Fleece

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.

Other features:

  • Super soft Polartec® 100% recycled microfleece
  • 159 gsm fleece provides warmth without weight
  • High pile surface provides good insulation but remains highly breathable
  • Fine cut fleece has smooth finish, great as a mid-layer or stand-alone jacket


Gill Men’s Hydrophobe Down Jacket

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.

Other features:

  • Micro-baffle construction traps warmth and prevents down migration
  • Two hand warmer pockets and adjustable hem
  • Internal chest pocket


Written by Lucy Harris.

Updated on 26th January 2022

Originally published on 25th January 2022 in Sailing

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