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frank white
(smoky1) - F
Winter layering on 12/12/2011 17:27:07 MST Print View

Haven't done a ton of winter hiking so this might be a dumb question. I currently have a montbell thermawrap jacket and an alpine light down parka. Could I wear the thermawrap with the down parka over it or vise versa? Could that get me down into the mid twenties around camp?

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re winter Layering on 12/12/2011 17:53:13 MST Print View

My nephew considers shorts good for 20f. The temp that a system will handle depends on you and your style.

Layering puffy jackets is fine if they fit without overly compressing the insulation. Down as the inner one will probably work better.

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Northern Europe
It worked for me on 12/12/2011 18:01:15 MST Print View

I tend to be cold and I still found that layering a Patagonia Nano Puff under my Alpine Light Down Parka worked in the 20s. Toss on a wind shirt over it all for an extra kick.

Edited by evanrussia on 12/12/2011 18:11:44 MST.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Winter layering on 12/12/2011 18:10:09 MST Print View

The system the OP described is the system I use in temps down to around 0 F. For me the thermawrap jacket fits under the A.L. parka but not vice versa as the A.L. parka is way too puffy.

Edited by chadnsc on 12/12/2011 18:11:08 MST.

frank white
(smoky1) - F
Re- on 12/12/2011 18:18:04 MST Print View

Thanks. I just wanted to make sure throwing down parka over the synthetic piece wasn't counter productive and I wouldn't lose any warmth.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Alpine Light on 12/12/2011 19:17:01 MST Print View

I haven't had any problems w/ just my Alpine Light into the teens at camp (base layer, mid-layer and occasionally my windshirt)-I might possibly be a freak of nature however :)

not sure on the cut of the Thermawrap, but my Alpine Light is cut roomy enough to have another thinner insulating layer underneath w/o any trouble