Add some insulation with our women's midlayers
Layering up is one of the keys to staying warm, dry and comfortable - doing any activity, whatever the weather. Once you've chosen a nice quality wicking base layer to move moisture and sweat away from your skin, you'll want to capture warm air next to your body with an insulating midlayer.
Midlayers can come in lots of different styles, costructions and materials, but they mostly all very versatile, incredibly handy bits of kit. If conditions are dry and cold, your midlayer can work great as an outer, keeping you warm and protected from the wind, while being super breathable without the need for a less-permeable waterproof shell. If things get wet or snowy, chuck an outer shell on over it and it'll still provide the breathable insulation that you need to stay warm and dry.
If you run hot, or the weather's warm, your midlayer doesn't need to be thick. Keep things streamlined and breathable instead, but make sure that you wear a quality technical fabric - never cotton!
Whatever you're looking for, we've got you covered, with plenty of great-looking, technical midlayers from big brands like Patagonia, Arc'Teryx, Burton and Oakley.
Natural Down vs Synthetic 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.
Synthetic insulation is heavier and bulkier than down, for the same level of warmth, but it's also cheaper and much easier to care for, keeping you warm, even if it gets wet.
Natural down has the best warmth to weight ratio, so it's really lightweight and packable in comparison to the same warmth rating of synthetic insulation. Unfortunately, it's also a bit more expensive than synthetic, won't work when wet from rain or sweat, and won't be as easy to care for.
Softshells and technical fleeces are also a great robust, low-profile and very breathable option, if you don't need as much warmth as you'd get from a fully insulated midlayer.
Need any help to choose?
We've put together a great buyer's guide about outerwear and layering that'll give you hints and tips 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 chat to a real person, that's cool too! Just get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team and we'll be very happy to help.