October 26, 2015 by Polarn O. Pyret
The layering principle is just as simple as it is ingenious. Dressing your kids in layers will keep them warm and dry. But it’s not the clothes themselves that provide the most warmth – it’s the air between each layer.
Hold in the warmth, let out the moisture, and keep the rain and snow at bay!
LAYER 1: BASE LAYER – NEXT TO THE SKIN
The purpose of the base layer is to keep the body warm. Children who run around and play outdoors when it’s cold generate heat and moisture that need to be transported away from their bodies. A wool base layer is warm even if it gets damp and a polyester base layer, while generally not as warm, wicks moisture away from the body through the material so the body stays dry.
Cotton is the most comfortable against the skin if the weather is mild and the play isn’t too wild or sweaty. Shop Layer 1 >
LAYER 2: MIDDLE LAYER – KEEPS THE BODY WARM
The middle layer functions as thermal insulation and it should be airy. A good middle layer consists of supple fleece or wool terry and releases moisture while retaining heat. If the garment doesn’t breathe, the body will quickly become cold and damp.
The thickness of this garment may vary depending on the type of activity, and how cold and windy it is. You can use several different garments as a middle layer and remove them as necessary.
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LAYER 3: OUTER LAYER – PROTECTS AGAINST WIND, RAIN AND SNOW
The outer layer protects against wind, rain and snow. Its job is to keep you warm and dry in wind and weather, while letting moisture out and preventing water from getting in.
All of our outerwear has 3M reflectors with 360-degree visibility.