Down or synthetic? Wool or polyester? Three pairs of underwear or one?
Outer Layer - Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
Insulation - R1 Fleece Series
Extra or Alternative Insulation - Nano Puff Vest
Trousers/Pants - Nomander Pants
Okay, the ever-ongoing debate of wool versus synthetic baselayers. Who’s to say what’s better? In my professional opinion, albeit slightly skewed, I am a wool fanatic, and I’ll never go back. Its natural fibers wick away sweat, dry super fast, and regulate with your body temperature. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about your grandpa’s itchy old wool sweaters, but quality silky smooth merino wools.
But that’s not to say that the synthetic competition is for naught. Some people prefer the feel of the synthetics, and find them easier to care for, not to mention the lower price tag. Again, decide for yourself, but at least do me and yourself a favor and avoid cotton on the trail.
That being said, my choice from the Patagonia baselayers is Merino 1 Silkweights - a 65% Merino/35% Capilene blend, offering the best of both worlds. Great for on and off the trail, these make perfect all around travel shirts. The Merino 2 Lightweight Bottoms work great under hiking pants, are comfy enough to sleep in, and I won’t judge you ladies if you choose to wear them under your favorite mini for a night on the town.
Don’t forget the undies! Patagonia has a great selection of synthetic underwear for both men and women, making those three pairs work perfectly on a 9 day adventure. And believe it or not, a few great companies are making wool undies. I know, sounds weird, right? Don’t knock it ‘til you try it, and talking from experience I don’t think you’ll regret it - Check out Icebreaker and Ibex for some great pieces.
Last but not least, Head, hands and feet!
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