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10 Smarter Ways to Think About Your Layering System

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By Michael Lanza

Think of your layering system of clothing for outdoor activities as a musical instrument. When you’re first learning how to play, you practice one chord or note at a time. But you only begin to produce music once you can link chords in a way that sounds good—because they work together. Similarly, we tend to acquire the parts of a layering system piecemeal, regardless of how well they work together. In this article, I’ll give you 10 specific tips for thinking about your layering system in ways that make it work better for you—and ultimately help you spend your money more wisely.

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5 Responses to 10 Smarter Ways to Think About Your Layering System

  1. harwood truscott   |  September 26, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for adding another perspective to gearing up. I travel for 3 to 6 months of the year in temperatures ranging from +33 C to -20 C. One wheelie and one backpack. Nepal. China. Thailand. Europe. Everything you talk about but together in one trip. This is my 5th trip and I’m learning to pair down. But you gave me new ideas. Thanks. But if you do need a challenge, perhaps you could think about packing for all situations and give me more good advice. Cheers. Harwood

    • MichaelALanza   |  September 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Harwood, and for the interesting suggestion. Yours is a somewhat unique circumstance, but I’ll give that some thought. Safe travels.

  2. Joshua Baruch   |  September 21, 2017 at 2:12 am

    So beautiful location! Best destination for fun with friends & family. So keep sharing continuous. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris Streight   |  May 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    As usual, great write up Michael. I would arm warmers to the list. I use them for cycling, trail running, hiking & backpacking. They easily add 10-15 degrees to a short sleeve wicking top and when the temps vary throughout a day, I move them up and down with ease and no pack removal necessary. I have several pair of varying thicknesses depending on the temps.

    • MichaelALanza   |  May 10, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Yea, good suggestion, Chris, thanks.

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