(Long post ahead!)
I've been working out an alpine/town layering system for 3 seasons and I would greatly appreciate it if the BPL community could help me see if there are any glaring oversights in the pieces I picked. :)
Basically, I'm looking to have 2 sets of clothing - one for moving, and one for rest stops. For reference, I run really hot and sweat when moving, but freeze when stopped. So I'm looking to maximize breathibility on my moving set while maximizing warmth on my rest set. I've also done some basic clo calculations to help me decide on pieces, although I'm not completely sure if they are correct. My target clo values were made using gross extrapolations from Richard's graphs in his "Best clothing combinations for backpacking" thread.
I expect to use this system mainly on climbs, but I'm hoping to be able to use this around town as well. I'm new to mountaineering but I intend on climbing rainier (Early June-ish) and orizaba (Mid Feb-ish) so I'm aiming to tailor my system towards these mountains first. However, I'm unsure what the temperatures are like on the mountains., so I've targeted a range of 5F to 50F.
Some other notes: I'm an asian male, 175lbs, 5'9" with a 41" chest and 35" waist. Euro brands generally don't fit me because their armholes are too small, while US brands tend to run too boxy in the waist for me. I currently have a Rab Photon in large which I rarely use. (I overheat in it if I start moving, and it only fits comfortably over a t-shirt.) I don't like the feel of pit zips, so I'm only limiting myself to shells without pit zips.
My main question is - Did I miss or mispick any piece of gear, and would these pieces be too warm for beginner mountains such as Rainier? From greg's comment, I was also wondering if synthetic/down pants are needed?
Without further ado, my system (Parenthesis indicate reason for picking gear):
Moving Set - Target clo: 1.5 clo ~7 MET climbing. (5F - 50F)
Hardshell: Westcomb Specter LT (Only wearing this when it's raining)
Torso Top Layer: Arcteryx Squamish (Picked for slightly higher cfm than the Houdini)
Torso Mid Layer: MEC T3 Stretch Hoody (Microgrid fleece, cheaper than R1) [0.32 clo]
Torso Base Layer: Icebreaker Merino LW 200 zip tee [0.2 clo]
Gloves: MH Epic
Bottom Base Layer: Midweight "Comfortrel" leggings (Cheaper version of powerdry) [0.27 clo]
Bottom Top Layer: REI Acme softshell pants
Total clo: 0.6 (Air pocket) + 0.32 + 0.2 + 0.27 = 1.4 clo
Questions: Richard's graph recommends 1 clo for 5F at 7 MET, but this seems a bit too low. Am I making this too warm by aiming for 1.5 clo instead?
Rest Set - Target clo:
1) 4 clo for 2 MET average talking/camp chores at 5F - 32F.
2) 2.3 clo for 2 MET average talking/camp chores at 32F - 50F.
Torso Top Layer (Layered over moving set on rest stops):
(For cold nights:) Montbell Frostline Parka (Layered over softshell.) [2.23 clo]
(For warm nights:) Montbell Thermawrap Pro (Nanopuff does not seem warm enough, but if the Rab photon is any indication, 100g/m2 PL1 is going to be too warm. I'm assuming this to be slightly warmer than PL1 60g/m2. Will layer this without softshell.) [1 clo]
MH Epic + BD Windweight gloves for warmer nights
MH Medusa Mitts + BD Windweight gloves for cold nights.
(Cold nights) 2.23 (Frost Line) + 1.4 = 3.63
(Warm nights) 1 (Thermawrap pro) + 1.4 = 2.4
Questions: I'm assuming that it'll be slightly warmer if I layer the down parka over my softshell - would this be right? Also, would anyone happen to know how Excelloft compares to Primaloft? I'm not sure if the Thermawrap pro will be too warm.
Thank you very much for going through such a long post! Your comments would be much appreciated. :)