Proper layering of clothing is one of the most fundamental concepts for outdoor activities. The layers of clothes must be moisture-wicking, insulate and protect against weather and wind.
The inner layer ought to be thin and tight-fitting. It must quickly wick sweat away from the skin and out to the middle layer, so that the wearer stays dry, warm and comfortable. Wool is the best option for most people, as it has naturally good moisture-wicking properties, and retains the heat even if it gets wet.
We recommend using several layers, according to weather conditions. Several thin layers can work better than one thick layer. Devold Wool Mesh is superb for insulation, and is ideal as the innermost layer on trips where the wind conditions may vary. For the outer layer, Devold Hiking is a good choice. It has a light quality which warms the wearer well, while also regulating body temperature.Devold Expedition, with a double layer of Merino Wool, is the optimal choice for those cold trips. Don’t forget to pack a change of layers in your bag.
This layer has two functions: To keep you warm and to move moisture and excess heat away from the body. The middle layer ought to be more loose-fitting and bulky than the underwear, as it is very important that this layer forms a gap between the underwear and outerwear. A loose-fitting middle layer also provides better moisture-wicking (and warmth) through air circulation. We recommend a Devold Thermo Jacket on trips with a higher level of activity.
The outerwear layer is often referred to as shell clothing. This layer must keep weather and wind out, while wicking away moisture. Choose breathable materials, that are water-repellent, and have sufficient ventilation possibilities. Good outerwear has a membrane that lets moisture out but not in. Devold® Trollkyrkja is both wind and water resistant. In addition to venting options, the wool material itself will transport moist away from the body and still insulate even when wet. Taped seams ensure the wind and water resistant qualities of the jacket. Trollkyrkja has an active fit with articulated elbow construction, high collar with hood and adjustment options to withstand rough weather. A spacious chest pocket keeps your essentials accessible. This is an outer jacket with all necessary technical details, perfect for year-round use.
The hiking sock should have wool as its main fibre, as wool retains heat even if one gets wet. Devold has a number of woollen socks for different applications. Most of them are adapted to right and left foot, have a y-heel, and a Pique knitted instep shape, which means that the sock sits well on the foot and does not chafe. Check out our Outdoor sock and Cross Country Sock or Alpine Sock for skiing trips. Devold Energy socks are ideal for outdoor training.
An inner layer of wool can work wonders beneath wet mittens. Keep your hands warm by using Devold’s Innerliner.
The body will always sacrifice the feet and hands in order to maintain the temperature in the head and brain. Therefore, the head is the most important part of the body to keep warm. A beanie can also be used to regulate body temperature when one is out hiking. All beanies from Devold® are either knitted or crocheted in wool, and therefore possess all the properties that wool has. They remove moisture from the head, and move it towards the outside of the beanie, where the moisture evaporates. Even if the beanie gets wet, it will remain dry and comfortable, will breathe, and retain the heat well. Find your own favorite here.