Add some insulation with our Men's Midlayers
Layering is the key to staying comfortable - whatever you find yourself doing, and whichever way the weather goes. Once you've set the tone with a quality wicking base layer to transport sweat and moisture away from your skin, you'll want to trap warm air next to your body with an insulating midlayer.
Midlayers can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but they can be really versatile bits of kit. If conditions are cold but dry, your midlayer could become your outerlayer, keeping things warm yet nice and breathable, without the need for a waterproof shell. If the rain and snow strarts to fall, throw an outer shell on over it and it'll provide the crucial insulation that you need.
If things are not too cold, your midlayer can be pretty lightweight, to keep things streamlined and breathable, but make sure that they're made of a quality technical fabric - never cotton!
We've got loads of great-looking, technical midlayers from big brands like Patagonia, Arc'Teryx, Burton and Oakley.
Synthetic vs Down Insulation
With the midlayer's main job being to keep you warm, you'll usually want it to provide some insulation. With insulation you've got a few different options, each has good and bad points, so the choice is yours.
Natural down is the warmest insulator by weight and bulk, so it's really lightweight and packable in comparison to the same amount of synthetic insulation. Unfortunately, it's also generally more expensive than synthetic, harder to care for and it doesn't work when wet.
Synthetic insulation is heavier and bulkier for the same level of warmth, but it's easier to care for and still keeps you warm, even if it gets wet. It's cheaper too.
Technical fleeces and other soft-shells are also a good robust, low-profile and highliy breathable option, if you don't need quite as much warmth as a fully insulated jacket.
Need any help to choose?
We've done a great buyer's guide on outerwear and layering that will give you more information on how to choose the perfect midlayer. You'll find it on our gear guides page along with loads of other useful stuff. Go check it out!
If you'd rather speak to someone, that's cool too. Just get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team and we'll be more than happy to help.