Layering Test 5

Yesterday’s high was between +5C and +7C.  The wind was pretty minimal.  Patagonia Capilene 2 long bottoms under Marmot Hatteras nylon canvas pants were fine.  On top I had a Capilene 1 silkweight tee, a Capilene 3 quarter-zip long-sleeve, and R1 hoody.  That ranged from about right to too warm.  The zippers on both the long-sleeve and hoodie helped regulate the temperature.  It would be nice if there was a R1-weight piece with the lighter-weight micro-grid fabric on the entire back for use with a pack.  In the evening on the walk to dinner, I deleted the Capilene 3 long-sleeve since I’d be indoors for a long period and didn’t want to overheat.  It was a bit cold, as the temperatures dropped toward the evening low of +2C after the sun went down, and the wind came up to 5-10 m/s.  It was fine for the short walk, but anything more would have been uncomfortable.  As a side note, the Capilene 3 long-sleeve doesn’t play well with the R1 fleece – their surfaces bind against each other, making it hard to put the R1 on without the baselayer sleeves getting all bunched up, or the fleece’s back getting hung up across the shoulders.

Today was a little colder and a little winder, with temperatures sticking to +2C and winds in the 5-15 m/s range.  I wore the same layers on the bottom, but switched to a Wild Things Tactical Low-Loft Primaloft (2-oz.) jacket over a Capilene 1 silkweight tee, and added a TAD Polartec Wind Pro fleece (8.5-oz.) beanie to keep the head warm in the lower temperatures.  That setup worked about right, though the forearms would have benefitted from a long-sleeve baselayer, as the Low-Loft jacket’s hybrid construction leaves the wrists and backs of the forearms with only uninsulated softshell material.

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