Some good ideas here, thanks. Forgot to mention that my base last year was a lightweight merino hoody. The merino/ether driclime combo worked wonders, so I may very well stick with that, just wish the ether fit better for climbing. I bet the rab meco Tee, MEC T2 hoody and Rab alpine jacket would be just about perfect, but not sure if I want to invest that much in the system. That vapour rise lite looks ideal too.
The normal climber solution is just to layer an R1 with a shell, but I like merino next to skin as it feels warmer when I stop, and I stink up an R1 in like half an hour. I don't like doing laundry more than I have to. Meco seems like the ultimate merino/quick dry base.
Probably the best option would be to use last years merino/ether combo for bc skiing and meco, MEC T2, Event (or rab alpine) for climbing.
Just thinking out loud.
BTW, who was thinking about ordering things from MEC? We could probably save a few bucks if we pooled an order and sent orders out domestic from there.
Also, Eric, do you like the MEC R1 copy for climbing? Are the sleeves/hem long enough to stay in place for reachy moves? Thanks!