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Base Layer and Mid Layer Buying Guide

Base Layer / Mid Layer
Layering is critical to keeping you comfortable on the slopes. Itís pretty simple: when itís cold out, you need warm clothes to keep you from getting cold and stiff. But as you plow down the slopes or across open fields, you get hot ó and start to sweat. And thatís where things get complicated.

A base layer needs to be a synthetic material that wicks away moisture, moving it from your skin to your mid-layer. Why? Because a cotton t-shirt is good at one thing: holding onto moisture. Which means your sweat stays right next to your skin, all day. And thatís a good way to not only be uncomfortable, but also to get cold.

A mid-layer too will do what cotton cannot ó move that moisture from your base layer to your outer layer. A breathable jacket finishes the job by moving moisture away from the body ó while providing insulation against cold and moisture coming in.
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