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PostWed Dec 04, 2019 8:35 pm 
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The mid layer.  Probably the most important layer for the cold weather seasons.  What's your favorite?  I guess this should be divided into a couple categories.  Active layer and warmth layer.

Active layer -  This is typically the mid layer you hike in.  Ideally it should be highly breathable, but providing you enough warmth to keep you comfortable in a wide range of temperatures and conditions.  What do you wear as your active mid layer?

Warmth layer - This is more of a layer for maintaining warmth either in camp or on the summit or where ever your destination is for a day hike, when you aren't active.  This is typically a jacket.  Some prefer down, some synthetic.  What's your favorite warmth layer for the cold weather months?
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PostThu Dec 05, 2019 10:45 am 
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For active layers I prefer either a Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded Jacket (warmer trips) or 200 weight fleece jacket for colder trips.

For three season backpacking I carry a hooded down sweater which is good down to freezing and lighter.  For winter a down hooded jacket.  Both of mine are from L.L.Bean which carries TALL  sizes; with Pertex shell and 850 Fill.

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PostThu Dec 05, 2019 3:15 pm 
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Some kind of medium weight fleece. top.

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PostThu Dec 05, 2019 3:41 pm 
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Smart Wool.

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PostThu Dec 05, 2019 8:20 pm 
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I recently picked up a RAB Nexus jacket. So far I like it but it's not the most breathable layer. When I'm not hiking I use a light puffy (down) jacket.
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PostFri Dec 06, 2019 7:27 am 
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For the last few years I've been using an Arcteryx Fortrez fleece as my active mid layer and absolutely love it.  Comfortable from 20 to 65, plus the hood has a built in balaclava which makes you look like a ninja when using it although I don't use it all that often, but it's nice when the weather is truly bad.  The only down side is very little wind resistance.  It's very similar to the Patagonia R1 which seems to be a favorite active mid layer of many.

Has anyone tried using one of the new super breathable jackets as their active mid layer?  Like the Patagonia Neo Air or Arcteryx Proton?  Curious how they perform compared to fleece.
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PostFri Dec 06, 2019 3:15 pm 
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I just got an Arc'teryx Proton FL.  Not much insulation, like a fleece basically.  But it's more breathable and handles sweat better, plus it dries quickly.  The hand warmer pockets are lined with something really soft, like kitten fur.

A down puffy for when I'm not moving.
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PostFri Dec 06, 2019 3:58 pm 
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Patagonia Nano Air Jacket.
It's not particularly warm, but it breathes well.
When I stop, I put on a shell.
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PostFri Dec 06, 2019 4:39 pm 
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I've had excellent results from Polartech Alpha; Beyond Clothing PA jacket and more recently, the OR Ascendant (no hood). These jackets can stay on through a variety of conditions, including heat producing uphills.

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PostFri Dec 06, 2019 5:41 pm 
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Stinky cashmere from Value Village!
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Cashmere!    Well la de da!

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