Comparison of Shell Materials

A shell is the last (outer) layer of a layered clothing system and is thus worn over a base layer and a mid-layer. In warm weather a shell can also be worn directly over a base layer because insulation, which is normally provided by a mid-layer, is not required. The term “shell” is sometimes confusing…

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Pertex Shield+

Comparison of Mid-Layer Materials

Mid-layers are an important part of a layered clothing system as they provide insulation and thus keep your warm in various conditions. The term “mid-layer” (also referred to as the insulation layer) is often confusing for those who are new to hiking as it can apply to various garments. Fleece jackets, woolen sweaters, down jackets…

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Polartec Power Stretch

Comparison of Base Layer Materials

A layered clothing system is widely adopted by hikers and mountaineers as it enables you to add or shed layers according to the conditions (changes in temperature, precipitation, wind and your activity level). The base layer is probably the most important part of the layered clothing system as it is in direct contact with the…

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Comparison of Base Layer Materials

Why you should wear Merino wool clothing?

Hiking, trekking and mountaineering can be strenuous activities and thus they require high performance clothing which keeps you comfortable in various conditions. The performance of a garment greatly depends on the material it is made of. The most common materials found in clothing for hiking are polyester, Merino wool, down (for insulation), nylon and other synthetic materials. Merino wool…

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Why you should wear Merino wool clothing

Why is cotton bad for hiking?

Cotton is one of the most used materials for clothing as it is highly appreciated for being soft, non-itchy, breathable and durable. However, when it comes to clothing for hiking, mountaineering and other aerobic activities, cotton clothing has too many shortcomings to be efficiently used. Clothing for hiking should offer great temperature regulation as well…

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Why is cotton bad for hiking?