Guide to Winter Layers

Layer up like an expert this winter.

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Want to get outside comfortably this winter? Find out what our experts recommend.

The snow season is almost here. And with it, those perfect bluebird days with nothing but crisp, white powder between you and your skis or board. Well, nothing except that nagging thought of, “Did I put on the right layers?” 

Before you know it, you’re working up a sweat in clothes that are too warm, or you’re freezing in outerwear that doesn’t have enough insulation or waterproofing.

Achieving the perfect balance in your active, winter wardrobe is challenging — but not out of reach. Thankfully, ExpertVoice has gathered thousands of people together who are experts in a range of winter sports, from snowshoeing to snowboarding. They’ve tested countless products and winter apparel combinations.

We culled through their top-recommended gear to create an Expert Guide to Winter Layers, featuring trusted brands such as Helly Hansen, Outdoor Research, MAMMUT, icebreaker and Kari Traa. In it, you’ll find detailed product reviews from vetted industry experts. And you’ll get a refresher on the fundamentals of three-part layering so you can craft your own perfect recipe no matter your activity or the conditions outside.

Anik Waterman, a full-time ski instructor in British Columbia, Canada, shares her expert tips throughout the guide. She honed her layering system over decades of helping herself — and her clients — stay warm in the snow. 

“I try to buy one piece of new gear a year as like a rotation. Last year, I bought a new jacket that should last me about 4 years. This year, I'm looking at an insulated puffy. Next will be a new set of base layers,” Waterman said. “I don't spend all my money at once, and you can see what works for you best. Good gear lasts long.”

The guide is for ExpertVoice members. If you are already a member, view the guide here. If you’re not, we’ve still got you. Go to this special preview link and click “sign in.” Or if you're ready to make it official, sign up today. 

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