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How to Layer for Adventure With Help From Big Agnes Apparel

Essays From the Field

As the overnight temperatures plummet and the flurries pile up, our mind and bodies begin the same seasonal transition. Winter is here and it’s time to prepare for adventures in the elements. The crew at Big Agnes looks forward to this time of year just like the rest of the world who thrive off winter and all the beauty and adventure that comes with it. As we prepare, the excitement of ski movies, powder days, and the latest and greatest gear fills our digital screens and workplace conversations.

The 2016 Big Agnes Apparel features our best line of jackets to date. From synthetic to down, hooded to non-hooded, skirts to scarves, and the warmest kid’s jacket available, we love getting to test and tout our new duds. That being said, there are proper ways to layer for the coldest of days whether you’re ripping groomers on the mountain, earning your turns in the backcountry, or taking your furry friends on a stroll down main street.



A first thermal base layer is important to keep you insulated and dry, even after a heavy sweat session. Beyond the first layer, some people prefer a second long-sleeve layer, while those who are a furnace on their own go to a vest layer over the base, a thin synthetic layer, or straight to a mid or heavy-weight jacket depending on temperature and time of season.



This is where Big Agnes’s women’s Late Lunch and men’s Ways Gulch down vests come in to play. When you’re arms are moving, they are more apt to stay warm from blood flow. Your torso is what can get cold from a wind chill or an un-zipped jacket in attempt to defrost. Vests play the perfect roll for a cozy mid-layer on a negative-degree day, or the fitting outer layer for a bluebird cruiser day in spring, a backcountry lap session, or for skate skiing hot laps. With 700 fill power DownTek water repellent down and Insotect Flow vertical baffles that contour to your body, a Big Agnes vest is sure to become your layering best friend.

In our technology driven world, choosing synthetic versus down can be as difficult of a decision as to what side of the mountain to hit first on a blower powder day. Synthetic and down both have their advantages, and some of it simply comes down to personal preference. Big Agnes has every synthetic or down jacket option available. Whether your concern is weight, water resistance, insulation, packability, or a hood for added protection, there’s a jacket for every occasion.

Pair a women’s Marvine or Yarmony or men’s Ellis or Farnsworth lightweight synthetic jacket with a vest underneath for the coldest of days when you’re preparing to work up a sweat and shed layers as you go. Insulated with 60g Pinneco Core™, which is designed to be more breathable, thermally efficient, and sustainably engineered than other insulation options, these synthetic jackets sport a relaxed fit and a stylish slanted-quilt design which eliminates bulk and allows for layering underneath.



Throw on a Big Agnes Hole in the Wall or Shovelhead men’s or women’s down jacket as your main, outer layer. With 700 fill power DownTek repellent down these mid-weight jackets will feel as cozy as the down comforter on your bed, yet without increasing bulk. Similarly, the women’s Long Draw Parka features the same fill and construction with a full-length feature for added lower-body warmth and style to boot.



On a sun-soaked day with deceivingly cold temps, be warm and dry in a women’s Hot Sulphur or men’s Dunkley Belay synthetic jacket featuring 120g Pinneco Core insulation and Insotect Tubic construction providing supreme loft and thermal efficiency for maximum insulation.



Last and certainly not least is outfitting your little rippers so they are heated and happy no matter the outing. Our Ice House Hoodie uses 650 fill DownTek water repellent down, Insotect Flow vertical flow baffles, plus Flow Gates with uniform insulation for the most technical down jacket available from size XXS to XL.

Whether you’re deep in the backcountry, chasing your grom down the bunny hill, or biking home after a spirited night on the town, Big Agnes offers a jacket for every temperature and adventure. Learning how to layer is an art that will save you from miserable experiences that you don’t wish on anyone. Be the educated one, dress appropriately and share your knowledge with others!

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