Mastering the Art of Layering: Build a Wool Layering System for Winter

February 09, 2024 2 min read

Mastering the Art of Layering: Build a Wool Layering System for Winter

We have a saying around here that goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". It should come as no surprise that the correct layering can make or break an outdoor adventure. Mastering the art of layering is akin to unlocking a secret code to ultimate comfort and performance. When it comes to building a layering system, Duckworth’s premium Merino Wool apparel stands as the key to unraveling that code.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps of creating the layering system designed for any outdoor adventure in the cold. It is important to build your layering system around activity, temperature and weather. We’ve built ourlayering collections to help you pick yours to stay warm, dry and comfortable, no matter what the weather brings.

man sitting on hitch putting on sweatpants

Step 1:The Foundation of Your System - The Base Layer

Crafted from the finest Merino Wool, our base layers offer unmatched moisture-wicking properties, moving it to your outer layer where it can be evaporated, helping with thermoregulation and ensuring you stay dry and comfortable throughout your adventure. 

Start with pieces from our 100% Montana merino wool Maverick or performance Merino-blend Vapor collections, depending on the intensity of your activity.

PRO TIP: opt for a snug fit to maximize the benefits of Merino Wool’s natural temperature regulating properties.

man wearing duckworth hat and powder hoodie

Step 2: Add Insulation - The Mid Layer

As the temperature drops, your insulating layer is key. The natural loft of Merino Wool fabrics traps air close to your body, retaining heat. Our Powder Merino fleece is incredibly soft, lightweight and breathable, providing optimal insulation without restricting movement. 

Powder has been perfected in high-altitude mountains and is a go-to companion for activity or apres.

snowboarder preparing to hit the slopes

Step 3: Face the Elements - The Outer Layer

Your final defense against the elements. It is a layer that is designed to fight the wind and rain, but also be light and versatile.

Our Woolcloud collection features jackets and vests crafted with a Merino Wool insulation encapsulated by a nylon water repellent exterior. Unlike down insulation, wool does not lose its loft or insulating properties when introduced to water vapor, keeping you warm and dry.

man putting woolcloud jacket on

Step 4: Seal the Deal - Accessories

Every wool layering system needs accessories to complete it and help with thermoregulation (or just for style points). Our premium Merino Wool socks, hats, balaclavas, gaiters and gloves help round out your kit

Socks, like our Midweight Ski Sock, keep your feet warm and dry in the coldest environments. Paired with our Vapor Beanie which provides a great lightweight yet warm under-helmet solution, you’re ready for any on snow action.

Building the perfect layering system is an art (and science). From the base layer to the outer jacket, each piece of Duckworth gear is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to American Craftsmanship. 

Grown in the Rockies. Made in America.