cold winter layering

The review of the popular R1 Hoody was to be here. As so many users find that the qualities of the 1/4 Zip Hoody are nearly the same, but its price is better, we opted for:

Patagonia Men's Capilene 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hoody

The Capilene 4 is the warmest base in the Capilene line, perfect for winter activities! This expedition weight hoody can transition through a wide spectrum of temperatures. It's made of Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency fabric, that stretches comfortably without restricting your movements. It sheds sweat and dries quickly. The polyester material has a smooth jersey face that glides beneath layers. Fleece interior keeps warm and sits smooth against your skin. The added spandex stretches for fluid movement.

patagonia capilene 4 hoodyThe material is highly compressible, and keeps the shirt from retaining odor. It's treated with Polygiene - a silver based anti-microbial technology for high-sweat activities and wet conditions.

Hidden thumb loops cover wrists and keep the sleeve inside your gloves. They feel natural and eliminate any gap on your skin.

The anatomically shaped hood and tall collar block the wind and keep you warm. The 1/4-length zip comes down far enough and helps you ventilate excess heat. The hood makes it versatile in changing conditions while skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the mountains. If you get warm, you can also open the zippered front pocket which has a mesh so it works as a vent as well.

Double layer shoulders assure warmth and durability where the backpack straps hit your body. Raglan shoulder seams allow chafe-free movement.

Best use: winter base layer for backpacking and high output activities like winter climbing.

Patagonia Capilene 4 EW 1/4 Zip Hoody

Compare to Under Armour Men's UA Coldgear Infrared Armour Fleece Hybrid Full Zip Hoody


The perfect shirt for cold weather paddling!

Kokatat Men's OuterCore Long Sleeve Kayak Shirt

The best expedition weight shirt working as a heavy-weight insulator, making it a perfect alternative to classic pile garments.

The Polartec Power Dry fabric combines a blend of polyester with a touch of spandex in an 4-way stretch for matching your moves. It keeps you warm but not clammy.

outercore kayaking shirtThe brushed velour interior provides perfect balance of a tightly woven knit with the ability to move moisture away from your skin enhancing comfort. The durable jersey face of OuterCore fabric slides easily over layers and enables smoother layering with outer suits and tops.

You will enjoy the shirt's styling and nice cut for good flexibility and active movement. Paddling specific design is very comfortable and fits your body perfectly. You get an ideal layer underneath your splash top that allows you to tend your paddling days further into the coldest season.

Layering is key to keeping your core at a prime temperature, so that you feel dry and warm as opposed to clammy and cold. With added spandex and paddle-specific stitch patterns, the Kokatat Power Dry Outer Core Long Sleeve Top moves with you.

Top of the line hoody: Arcteryx Men's Konseal Hoody 3/4 Zip.


Warm and thin layering piece that lets you skip the midlayer for less bulk

Bomber Gear Halo 5.0 Top

By the creator of performance wear for whitewater paddlers, the Halo 5.0 is made from Polartec Power Dry bi-component knit polyester fabric and it has flat lock seams to avoid chaffing and to increase skin comfort. Bomber Gear uses thinner Polartec PowerDry grid fleece panels under the arms and on the sides to help vent heat, to enhance breathability and moisture management.

Performance Cut construction allows 4-way stretch and articulated arms preserve range of motion for easy mobility. Performance cut means it fits snug against the body and works well under drysuits and drytops.

Moisture management paneling in key areas of the fabric wicks moisture away from the body and increases insulation. The Halo wicks well in cold weather. Silver-ion-based antimicrobial treatment makes the material stink resistant, allowing multiday wear of the layer.

Halo 5.0 is soft and snug enough to be your next to skin layer for cool weather, and stretchy enough to wear over another base layer when it's too cold for a single layer.

The top is perfect for a day on the water in a variety of conditions. Well ventilated, waterproof and breathable, outer fabric lets you keep the light water off. Features: sleeve pocket, polyurethane coated nylon waist with draw cord, cone-shaped cuffs.

Two of the warmest fleece jackets you can find!

Its insulating is phenomenal.You can wear the Double Diamond Kinetic Insulated Vest in any weather conditions, by adjusting the amount of insulation.


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