"The idea of layering is that you can create a micro-environment around your body that you can control as you're exercising," David Schaeffer, product manager of Outerwear at The North Face had told me when I called to discuss the tenets of layering with him.
told me that versatility is the key, because, like your luck, the weather can change in a second in the mountains.
"I think people are really starting to understand how they can use layers in the mountains and dial in what they need to bring," he
After the fourth failed ascent, I needed a dramatic change of approach.
I decided to ski for the valley and the highway far below, dumping vertical as quickly as possible while I still had light from the rapidly setting sun.
I put on a vest, and then a softshell jacket over that, well-insulated against everything but my growing anxiety about what was to.come.
Whether it's fleece, down, or a synthetic fill jacket that wraps around your core like a big bear hug, Schaeffer
said, "Theinsulating layercreates a halo of non-moving air around your body to keep you warm."
"It b.comes .completely useless and can actually make you colder," Schaeffer
"The outer layer or weather barrier's first job is to protect the integrity of the warm air trapped by insulators," Schaeffer
had explained about the last critical layer.