So, I'm working out my layering system for mountaineering this summer. After reading Danny and Kristen's article on the Rab MeCo 120 LS shirts I purchased one. It is a top-notch shirt; stitching is tight, good for sun protection, good thermal balance, and only weighs 5 1/4 oz. A perfect sun shirt base-layer for my endeavors. Except...
Enter the R1 hoody. I just purchased one sized medium. I wear medium everthing in Patagonia. The R1 by itself is nice and form-fitting, lengths are spot on, it may be a little tight in the arm region, I love the deep chest zipper and balaclava hood, and it works great underneath my Houdini. But...
The rocky marriage. Both layers(MeCo and R1) are great by themselves, but when I try to stack them the Cocona technology becomes akwardly grabby next to the micro-grid pile of the R1. Standing still the warmth to weight ratio of the two are amazing, but I will be on the move while climbing and slogging, so I'm looking for a more perfect match.
Here's the scenarios I'm kicking around, please feel free to pick them apart or dial them in. Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
- Get a R1 in size large.
- Look to a different baselayer. (Really don't want to do this, but may have to)
- Ditch the R1 and Houdini for a slicker midlayer like, Arc. Atom hoody.
- Or start all the way over. Needs (Sun protection, thermal distribution and good venting options, weight, and a good hood (I'm open to buffs and balclavas).
This will be my mountain gear for the next 5 years, so while price is always a factor. I'm very open to anything since I can justify using it over a long period until it break down.
Thx for any help,
P.S. If this helps, a WM Flash hoody will be my primary insullation piece with a Westcomb Cruiser LT as my Outershell.