Backpacking – The Correct Way To Wear Your Layers

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Backpacking – The Correct Way To Wear Your Layers

It is surprising how many backpackers don’t understand how to wear their layers before going out on a hike. A lot of people still think that a thick layer has to be worn but this simply is not true as a thick layer limits your mobility and in fact hinders the backpacker. Thicker layers will feel bulky and will slow you down.

The best way to wear your layers is by wearing more layers of thinner clothing. By wearing multiple thinner layers you will be able to move far more freely and not feel weighed down. You will find that it will be far easier to adjust your layer thus making your feel comfortable for any situation. For example, when you get too warm you remove a layer and likewise, too cold, then add another layer and since the layers are very thin, you wont be taking off or adding too much clothing. This negates the need to carry heavier, bulky thick clothing.

If you are trekking and wearing thick layers then removing a layer will have a more pronounced effect than taking off a thin layer. With a thin layer you will experience a more comfortable gradual change so there will be no need to keep taking off and put on clothes regularly as you body temperature changes.

Essentially when backpacking you should be looking at three main layers of clothing. The first layer is called the inner layer and this must absorb moisture well and dry quickly. When the weather is cold it will help with insulation to keep your body heat in. Your middle layer is another layer that will provide good insulation. Something like a fleece jacket is ideal. The outer layer primarily needs to be waterproof and have the ability to resist the wind. Look for outer wear that has handy additional pockets which are ideal for items like flashlights or a compass and map.

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