Ask a skier like Nolan Kasper and he'll be quick to tell you that layers need to guard you from the wind and keep you warm on frigid lift rides. But they also should be breathable enough to vent the sweat you build on the ride down, and mobile enough to let you ride unhindered. The good news is that garments are always improving, with new fabrics and fits that vent, stretch, and shelter better than ever before. Here's what to look for.
Yeah, outerwear gets all the credit, but it's the layers you wear underneath that provide support and core warmth during winter activities. All have their uses, so choose wisely. They should be lightweight, snug-fitting, and made from serious moisture-wicking materials. Polyester and nylon are good; merino wool is best. [RLX Down Vest, $185, ralphlauren.com (left); Victorinox Glacier Full Zip, $250, swissarmy.com (left); Rab MeCo 120 Tee, $85, rab.uk.com (left); Rab Aeon Plus Zip, $55, rab.uk.com (right); Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Zip, $60, patagonia.com (right)]
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