Buying Guide for Mid Layers
By Steve Kopitz
Skiing typically takes place in colder temperatures but this does not mean you have to be cold when skiing. Being prepared is clutch to having a good time while skiing and dressing properly can help you be as prepared as possible. Here we will cover mid layers including what mid layers are, why you should wear them, the different types and a general fit guideline.
What Are Mid Layers?
Mid layers are the middle layers, mind blown right? In all seriousness though, this is going to be the layer between your base layer or long underwear and your outer layer or ski jacket. Mid layers include fleeces, merino wool sweaters, vests, technical tees, turtle necks or lightweight polyester sweatshirts.
Why Wear Mid Layers?
Mid layers offer a substantial amount of warmth with little weight. Mid layers also offer a slight relief from being too warm because once you start skiing and become warm you can shed your ski jacket and ski in your mid layer. When you get too cold again you can simply put your ski jacket back on.
Different Mid Layer Weights?
Mid layers are available in different weights and this weight feature refers to the amount of warmth the mid layer will provide. A heavy weight mid layer is going to offer more warmth than a lightweight mid layer. A medium weight mid layer is going to fall right in between the two.
Choosing the proper mid layer weight depends on a few factors; weather, snow conditions and personal preference play a key role in this decision. Those skiing with temperatures in the low teens will want a heavier weight mid layer than someone skiing in 30 degree conditions. Your preference may outweigh any weather situation depending if you get cold or warm easily.
Common Skiing Mid Layers
• Merino Wool Sweaters
• Technical Tees
• Turtle Necks
• Lightweight Polyester Sweatshirts
Finding the Proper Fit in a Skiing Mid Layer
Mid layers are made to fit snug to maintain body heat and to fit under outerwear yet leave enough room to comfortably wear a base layer beneath. Keep with a traditional snug fit as a mid layer that’s too large will hang down and collect snow and moisture and a mid layer that is too small will allow exposed skin which is no fun in colder weather. Skiing mid layers can typically be taken the same size as your standard shirt size but please view our size charts for more in depth sizing.
What Mid Layers NOT to Wear
Cotton; wearing a cotton mid layer can easily ruin your day skiing. Cotton will not keep you warm as it does not wick away moisture from either snow or sweat. Cotton will absorb moisture and make you colder than it will to warm you. Just remember when you go skiing, leave the cotton at home. This is also true with skiing socks.
Skiing with the proper Mid Layer makes all the difference!
As you can see mid layers are essential to a happy, warm and comfortable skiing experience. If you have any questions about mid layers not answered in this guide please refer to the video below or feel free to comment and we will answer all your questions.