10 Shoulder Season Essentials

A versatile getup for winter’s last throes and spring’s first showers

In variable conditions, layers are always the key to keeping cozy. (Inga Hendrickson)

Base Layers

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(Courtsey Smartwool)

You can’t go wrong with Smartwool’s Merino 150 Long-Sleeve top ($80), which is woven with a touch of nylon for stretch while running or climbing. Like any good base layer, it fits snugly so you can add pieces as the temperature drops.

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(Courtsey Duckworth)

Down below, we prefer three-quarter-length long underwear, like the Duckworth Vapor 3/4 leggings ($80). Crafted from supremely soft Montana merino, with a stay-put elastic waistband, these long johns won’t overlap with your socks and cause you to overheat.

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(Courtsey Stance)

While we’re on the subject, Stance Stoney Ridge socks ($38) are made with ultralight merino that’s thicker in the toes and shin for added warmth and cushioning.

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Midlayers

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(Courtesy Eddie Bauer)

Eddie Bauer’s EverTherm Down jacket ($249) utilizes a novel approach to insulation. Instead of quilted fabric keeping clusters of down in place, which adds thou­sands of stitch holes, the down is pressed into flat sheets that don’t sag or migrate. The upshot: a supremely warm layer that’s also svelte. We like the non-hooded version, to avoid extra bulkiness under a shell. And vests may be the most underrated player in the layering game, but the right one can boost your core temperature instantly, without adding the heavyweight feel of another jacket.

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(Courtsey Columbia)

Throw on Columbia’s Reversatility vest ($99), which features fuzzy fleece lining and a tough nylon exterior for added wind and water resistance.

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Outerwear

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(Courtesy The North Face)

With the North Face’s Apex Flex GTX 2.0 jacket ($249), you get the stalwart waterproofing and breath­ability of a Gore-Tex membrane paired with velvety brushed heather on the inside. The ideal spring piece, the Apex Flex can be worn over a short-sleeved shirt on warm days.

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(Courtsey Fjallraven)

Don’t try to ski in Fjällräven’s hardy wind and water-resistant Barents Pro trousers ($140). They really shine on those cold early-spring days while climbing, hiking, or raking the yard. They’re adjustable and loose enough to wear over long johns, so you’ll be comfy no matter what.

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(Courtsey Dynafit)

Dynafit Seraks gloves ($50) are stuffed with toasty PrimaLoft insulation for late-season storms.

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(Courtesy L.L. Bean)

When the thaw is on, switch to L.L. Bean’s Polartec Liner Touchscreen gloves ($30) for basic protection and the freedom to tap away on your phone.

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(Courtsey Skida)

Top it all off with Skida’s Bearenstein Alpine hat ($36), a fleece-lined polyester-spandex cap that will keep your ears warm on dawn runs.

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From Outside Magazine, March 2018
Filed To: Climbing / Gloves / Socks / Base Layer / Montana / Running / Smartwool
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