Mountain multilayer system

NOTour international Philippe @The Walker has prepared a series of explanatory and more than complete videos on the multilayer system. Its idea is to inform you as much as possible so that you are able to equip yourself according to your needs and this in the long term. And above all to reuse and combine in the right way, the clothes you already own! Here is the first video of the series.

Bhello, here Philippe! So today I'm going to talk about the multilayer system. The reason I would like to talk about this is that there are a lot of people who are going to own a bunch of different clothes, shoes or outdoor gear who don't necessarily know how to use to do their activity. . They will often buy back duplicate equipment, so they could use what they already have in a system that would allow them to do their business. I want us to go around everything that exists: just put the right words, the right vocabulary on the right products. And above all to make you understand how to use these products.

The multi-layered system is a way of using what you have of clothes, putting them together, combining them, to use them in a system that will allow you to do all activities in all types of weather. In other words, whether you are hiking at 30° Cor cross-country skiing at -28° C, these are often the same types of layers that you will be using. But, you will make different choices depending on the temperatures.

What is called the multilayer system: these are 3 large families of layers that are combined together.

1. Base layers 2. Intermediate layers: insulators 3. The shells which are the protective layers.

Base layers are any clothing that you wear directly on your skin, which acts to wick away moisture. They are used to temper therefore to adjust the amount of heat that you keep close to the body. It's going to be as much a t-shirt or a summer hiking shirt. It will be a thermal underwear for winter activities for snowshoeing for example or a much more breathable thermal underwear for cross-country skiing activities. No matter what you choose, the base layers are those first layers that you wear on your skin. So first coat = base coat.

The second layers, the insulating layers, will include a thriller: the little ones (polar 100), the means(polar 200) or the big thrillers. Anything that is done to keep some warmth is going to be a mid layer. You are going to have merino wool that you are going to choose thicker. Merino wool can be a base layer, but can also be an intermediate layer. You have the down jackets, insulating layers, down that we will explain in the subsequent videos.

The third layers, the last part of this system are the shells. The shells are windproof and waterproof: everything that protects against bad weather. It will help the intermediate and insulating layers to retain heat. It will help protect you from water and humidity.