I am toying with the idea of upgrading my walking+camping winter layering/shell system from the current one which comprises:
Berghaus Argentium long sleeve baselayer
Montane Prism (1.0!)
Montane Atomic DT Jacket
Its served me well for the past 5 years (although the Baselayer has changed from the original Paramo Cambia last year)
Not sure whether to beef up the outer shell, beef up the synthetic jacket or beef up the microfleece. I guess age is catching up with me and the cold seeps into my bones a bit more than it used to!
The outer shell does what its supposed to and the only criticism is that the the tail isnt overly long but maybe I can cope with that. The 2 things I am interested in perhaps “improving” is the synthetic jacket and the microfleece. As you can see I do like layering so people shouting out why not get an uber shell with insulation etc wont necessarily float my boat. When I am walking I tend to run hot but cool down rapidly at rest stops and in camp. Therefore I do like to be able to put on and take off minor layers to regulate my warmth.
I am open to suggestions but do like the look of the Marmot Vars hoody as well as the Patagonia R1 hoody. I also like the look of the Montane Flux jacket. I guess there is a blurring of the two layers potentially into one if I go for a soft shell with a hood or a heavier insulated jacket. If I picked one of the above, potentially I could drop a layer but pack the Montane litespeed windproof which is currently languishing in my cupboard? Any thoughts on any of the above or other suggestions gratefully received!
The other half is looking for ideas for Christmas so it seems an ideal time to start looking 🙂