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How to Layer for the Mountain - Cardrona x icebreaker

Whatever the conditions, the longer you can stay warm and dry, the more fun you’ll have in winter’s playground. We asked the experts at icebreaker for their top tips on what layers to wear for all-day comfort. 

For the ultimate in lightweight warmth, without having to rely on a bulky jacket to do all the work, think about three layers to take you through the day, whatever the weather and terrain. With a skin, mid and outer layer you’ll be able to regulate your body temperature, to stay cool through bursts of activity and warm when you slow down.  


Silky-soft and luxurious, a breathable skin layer will wick moisture away from your body and regulate your temperature. Merino and merino-blend fabrics are naturally odour-resistant and quick-drying.

Handy hint: icebreaker skin layers come in a range of weights. The bigger the number, the warmer you’ll be. 


Wrapping your body in comfort, an insulating mid-layer will add a buffer zone for moisture and a shield from the cold. Vests and tops in innovative fabrics such as RealFLEECE® offer natural, lightweight insulation, and pack away easily.


Warm and lightweight, a protective outer layer will provide a barrier from the elements, while still allowing your body to move and breathe freely. A jacket in a technical fabric such as MerinoLOFT™ will provide a warm, breathable and natural alternative to synthetic insulation, with a durable protective finish. 


Different snow sports call for different layering strategies. For endurance activities, choose technical design elements that combine core insulation with zoned heat-dumping. Or for short bursts of activity in-between cooling down, choose layers in heavier weights that will wick moisture away when you sweat but keep you warm in-between.     

  • Ski touring: Choose pieces that perform during high-exertion adventures and remain comfortable throughout.
  • Backcountry adventures: Choose layers that keep you cool during the ascent and warm for the descent. 
  • All-wear, all-mountain, all-use: Choose pieces that provide comfort and warmth for a day on and off-piste. 

About the Author

We're moving to natural with a partnership with iconic Kiwi brand, icebreaker. The team at icebreaker have heaps of great tips to make life in the mountains warmer and are leading the way in sustainability - we're so stoked to be working with them!