To keep warm and be as comfortable as possible, it is important to layer your clothing effectively. In this blog you can read more about how to build up layers and what is important to know in order to be able to regulate your body temperature as well as possible. This information can be used in order to dress in the most appropriate way for work, sports and leisure time - amongst these for a skiing holiday or for a busy day to day life, when you are in need of extra comfort to be able to do your best.
When you need to keep warm, it is important to think about what you have on underneath your outer layer. The inner layer is the one that determines whether it is possible to transport moisture away from the body and thereby avoid being damp and cold. Therefore, we recommend wearing an inner layer that moisture wicking, such as a thermal vest (and thermal underpants) which is designed to draw body heat out onto the outside of the material and thereby keep the body dry.
You can also choose to wear wool underwear, which has natural properties that direct moisture away from the body and regulate temperature. Wool is a warmer alternative to regular moisture wicking underwear, but has a longer drying time and requires gentle washing. It is important that the inner layer is very close-fitting and does not have too many seams, in order for the moisture wicking properties to be at their best.
In order to keep warm, it is important to choose an insulating layer that is well-matched to the weather you are working in, so you don't get too hot or cold. The advantage to layering clothing up in this way is that it can be adjusted by removing or adding a layer. In other words, it is better to wear two thin sweaters than one thick one, as this would only give the option of one or the other.
The ideal choice for this layer is fleece (for example a fleece sweater or jacket) or wool, as the material is woven/knitted creating air pockets which trap heat and is thereby insulating. So even if the fabric is quite thin and relatively lightweight, you will easily be able to keep warm. This is the layer you should add to if you have a tendency to feel the cold, or if you work in very cold weather conditions.
The last layer is the one tasked with keeping out water and wind, and is the layer with a membrane. It should also allow excess heat out in order to keep you warm and dry. Here it is essential to assess what your requirements are, and choose your outer layer according to these. If the most important thing is to be kept completely dry out at sea, with waves splashing over the side of the boat, you should choose classic rainwear without a membrane. On the other hand, if you have to go out and work all day in showery weather, you should choose rainwear with a membrane, keeping water out while also allowing moisture and excess heat out and keeping you dry.
If you are going out skiing or exercising, it is always best to select an outer layer with a membrane as these ensure high comfort, allowing you to perform at your best. If you tend to be outside in very cold conditions or are residing in a northern region, it may be of benefit to choose a winter coat or winter work jacket featuring lining and a membrane, since these provide both technical properties as well as an extra layer of insulation, keeping you warm in the most effective way.
If you are in doubt about what best suits your needs, you are always welcome to contact our customer service by e-mail or phone. They will be ready with suggestions to help you find just what you are looking for.