A breathable fleece is a smart midlayer anywhere there’s snow on the ground. It’ll add a touch of warmth but without
a ton of extra material to bunch up. But when it comes to fleece, you have a few options. Full-zip or pullover? Hooded
or not hooded? Those are up to you. Check out the men’s Micah Fleece or the women’s Sondra Fleece for a
streamlined pullover option made from a stretchy gridded fleece fabric. If you prefer a full-zip option, the women’s
Carla Jacket or men’s Randal Jacket make for great
year-round layers. If you like a hood, the Pierogi Hoody for men and the Alva Hoody or Katinka Hoody for women have
You’ll choose synthetic insulation because it’s breathable, it stays warm when it’s wet out, and it’s lightweight.
The women’s Mia Jacket and
men’s Crowe Jacket, made from 80
grams of recycled Greenloft insulation, are designed to keep you warm but also release heat when you’re on the move.
And if it’s a wet storm day, these layers will dry quickly. So, if you’re resort skiing and want to head up for a
quick bootpack to a side bowl, thanks to breathable panels on the side, you can do that without sweating out your
If you prefer non-hooded midlayers, take a look at the Calypso Jacket and Dexter Jacket, micropuff full-zip
midlayers made from quick-drying synthetic insulation. The PrimaLoft Eco insulation is made from 60 percent
post-consumer recycled goods, so it reduces waste while keeping you warm and dry (win, win).
On extra cold days, you’ll opt for down insulation as a midlayer because it’s ultra warm and packable without adding
a lot of bulk. The women’s Betty Down and men’s General’s Down are 800-fill
goose down jackets, which means they’re not messing around when it comes to warmth. Put them under your shell when
you’re skiing Mad River Glen or Bridger Bowl on a frigid day and you’ll be toasty.
Some days, you don’t need all that much in the form of a midlayer. Something light that’s comfortable and practical
but won’t overheat will do the trick. Enter tech flannels. You could go for a lightly insulated flannel like our Sinclair Insulated
Flannel or Penny
Insulated Flannel. Or you could keep it simple with a quick-drying, moisture-wicking tech flannel that basically
serves as a secondary baselayer, like our Brigitte Tech Flannel
or Handlebar Tech
Flannel. Bonus: Flannels also transition nicely into après-ski or serve as a good travel shirt on your next ski
Never underestimate the power of a vest. Sure, it doesn’t have sleeves. But these winter tank tops pack a punch when
it comes to warming up your core without overheating the rest of you. Flylow’s Larry Vest for men and Laurel Vest for women pack down
small and are made from 600-fill down feathers for the ultimate light to warmth ratio.
Check out our full collection of women’s midlayers
here and men’s midlayers here.