Watson's, Bergans of Norway, Sherpa Adventure Gear, ColdPruf, 32 Degrees Heat, Helly Hansen
Layering got a bit re-defined this season from an outdoors system of dressing warmly for athletic pursuits-to being an absolute necessary piece of 'equipment'- for even just short dashes to cross a city street.
Many brands that probably don't even pitch an urban market-ha ha ---are never-the-less delivering style, cut and color…alongside functionality attributes for basics…joining über soft skin feel and importantly SERIOUS weather protection---for winter wardrobes. And that included typically snowflake free snowbird destinations- this winter too.
After the bi-annual tradeshow, Outdoor Retailer in SLC-we immediately switch gears/wardrobes to cover New York Fashion Week-where we make an effort to look, well, fashion-y.
Watson's Performance top---that's so luxuriously soft, we thought it composed of a merino wool/silk combo. (Fyi-it's a 85% micro polyester, 15% spandex blend-brushed fabric-with moisture control/anti-microbial properties).
And easy care too-good thing as we wore it A LOT.
BONUS: versatility at value prices= this Montreal- Canada company delivers performance warmth for active adults at $25 per piece…and also comes with matching black long johns-that we run in--- and hang out in. Like now.
Look for new- all merino wool basic layers from Watson's -to deliver next summer--joining other currently available layering options made form hypo-allergenic super soft bamboo, non-piling micro-fleece, waffle thermal, and major warm double layer performance pieces. (Adult sizes approximate range $16.99-$30/per)
|Performance layers-in front (black)…print and color options for kids too!|
We'd expect performance wear lines from Nordic countries to know how to make basic layers as intuitively as say, firing up a toasty steaming sauna. It goes with the territory.
|Men's Soleie Tee-Sea Blue stripped (4oz)-solids colors (available now) and women's (3.5oz) too|
|Soleie Lady Shirt-Hot Pink Stripe-(5oz), solids and men's version(6oz)|
FYI-half zip silhouette too ---L/S $89
One of our most beloved family owned brands-SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR-is ramping up its outdoor apparel efforts not only with new personnel on board-but also in combo with performance textiles made by the primo brands on the market.
|pretty blue---and features like thumb holes for great fit|
PLUS: Great hand feel, and as always-Sherpa Adventure pieces sport refreshingly bright colors and zip pulls that ref the Nepalese flag and heritage.
PLUS PLUS: The styles are manufactured in Nepal, and a portion of every sale benefits the education of Sherpa children.
Particularly helpful (and smart) for explaining what can be a confusing purchase for newbies -and expedition ready adventurers---a welcoming, get it in seconds visual that other labels might want to emulate. IMO, of course.
ColdPruf's value priced options- include 100% Merino wool Classic Layer pieces and "Green Program" worthy, Eco-Terra™+ Pro-Tek™ blends---using recycled poly-Repreve® that are next to skin worthy and performing.
|looser and slim fits...v and crew neck tops, zip soft shell jacket too-for more warmth|
32º was wishful thinking for temperatures the past few months, but the company named accordingly (32 Degrees Heat by Weatherproof® Perfomance collection) offered a series of tinged (including military green and camo!) basic top and bottom layers…for above and below that water freezing benchmark.
Moisture wicking, lightweight, breathable, anti-odor and static- and widely available online and in stores like Macy's... from about $19.99-$25 for l/s tops/bottoms
Bonus points always go to those people-mostly guys (DUH)…that strip off a layer and switch it up for Helly Hansen's moisture wicking Lifa® tech-laden base layer l/s tops. We guess the confidence where it matters can mean a lot of things-including faith in the insulating abilities of the best selling HH Dry Stripe Crew ($40)
top version sized for women too. With the iconic race strips down the arms---black and white color options-though we still have a red one…they last forever, just about.
HH's right at the entrance locale has been enticing attendees at Outdoor Retailer's demo day for several years…and NICE- the company donates what's swapped.
But the warming/welcoming bonfire -courtesy of several brands including Sierra Nevada…certainly helped withstand a nip in the air.