Hiking across a Lake District moor in Fjern Orkan & Skjold Jackets

The Hiking Layering System: Your Guide to Staying Warm and Dry

Anyone who's spent time outdoors knows the weather can be fickle. We experienced this firsthand during our recent Lake District photoshoot. One moment, stunning sunshine – the next, bone-chilling rain squalls. Without proper preparation, you can easily find yourself too hot or soaking wet. That's why a good layering system is key to an enjoyable outdoor experience, no matter the forecast.

Why Layering Matters

Layering lets you easily add or remove clothing as your body temperature and the weather demands. The goal is to stay warm and dry without overheating and sweating excessively. Wetness from sweat (or rain) can make you quickly lose body heat, even in mild temperatures.

Passing through a Lake District gate on a misty morning in Fjern Aktiv Down Jackets

Layer by Layer Breakdown

Base Layer: Think of this as your skin's personal bodyguard. It should wick sweat away, keeping you dry. Merino wool is a fantastic choice – it's naturally odour-resistant and warm even when wet. Synthetic fabrics are also great and more budget-friendly.


Mid-layer: This is your insulation. Fleece jackets are classics – warm, breathable, and quick-drying. Down jackets are incredibly warm for their weight, but only if they stay dry. Consider a synthetic insulated jacket if you're expecting unpredictable weather.

Outer Layer (Shell): Your shield against wind and rain. Look for a fully waterproof and breathable jacket. Tested in brutal downpours, our high-performance hardshells stand strong. If you're looking for peak performance, the Orkan Jacket, with its 20K/26K waterproof/breathability rating, has proven its worth time and again.

Waterproof Jackets

Extra Tips From Our Lake District Photoshoot:

Waterproof Everything: Pack waterproof trousers, even if rain isn't likely. Trust us, that surprise downpour is much less fun in soaked trousers.

Waterproof Trousers

Pack It In: A lightweight, packable waterproof jacket can be a lifesaver tucked into your daypack. It's like an insurance policy against unexpected showers.

Packable Waterproofs

Head and Hands: A warm hat and waterproof gloves are essentials. Cold, wet extremities can sap your enjoyment (and your warmth) rapidly.


Adventure On, Rain or Shine

With the right layering system, those unpredictable downpours won't dampen your spirits or your hike. Get out there, be prepared, and go Beyond Boundaries, even when the weather throws a curveball.


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