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Our Favorite Layers for 2021

Mid Layers

Smartwool Smartloft 60 Hybrid 1​/2 Zip Top

I’ve been looking for a midlayer that I could wear with my bibs on cold days. The Smartloft 60 Hybrid was the perfect solution. The lower half is a nice stretchy merino wool material that fits under bibs very well while the insulation starts just where the top of my bibs come to so no weird bunching or fit issues. Typically I run really warm and have struggled to find a midlayer that I could wear all day without overheating. This one has more breathable material on the sides and the insulation is only on the front so the back breathes very well. This allows it to keep me warm as I am gearing up in the parking lot but not overheating after I have taken a couple laps.

Patagonia R1 Pullover

If you’re looking for a dynamic mid-layer that you can take on any adventure, I highly recommend the Patagonia R1 Pullover, which has easily become my go-to. I run on the cold side and, if I’m not walking out the door in it, I’m always keeping a mid-layer on hand for peace of mind. The Polartec® Power Grid® keeps me warm while remaining comfortable and breathable during higher output activities. From my bike commute to the office, to car camping on the coast, to weekend ski trips at the mountain this pullover is always in tow. Compliment your quiver with any of the lighter Patagonia Capilene® layers and you’ll be prepared no matter where the day takes you.

Base Layers

Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer

I am a long time fan of Smartwool. The ¾ length bottoms are a great product. They are comfortable, don’t bunch above the boot and you can wear them multiple days without them smelling. I also really like the thicker waist band for added comfort.

evo Ridgetop Merino Wool Midweight High Neck Top & Pants

No getting around it, Merino is expensive, but it’s also the best material for warmth, comfort, and breathability. The Ridgetop line seemed like a good fit for getting Merino without the price tag, and boy did it deliver. This setup is super breathable and cozy making it great for splitboarding, hiking, or binge-watching Netflix in the midst of a global pandemic.

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