Layers for the Ladies

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The temps are dropping; the snow is coming; now is the time to sort out your fall and winter layering system.  We can help!  This season Water Stone has brought in a terrific selection of technical pieces by Mountain Hardwear, Arcteryx, Patagonia, The North Face and Icebreaker, in a variety of styles and jazzy colors. Remember the goal is to create a system that is versatile, not bulky, and has some style!

Base Layer

Choose from the tried and true Capilene line from Patagonia.  Different weights and styles are available, but our choice for fall is the Cap 3 zip neck.  Be sure not to buy it too big.  But don’t automatically jump into a synthetic piece when you have a great option in merino wool.  Both Smartwool and Icebreaker make killer pieces that feel deluxe against your skin (not itchy a bit) and perform just as technically as synthetics.  The Icebreaker 260 zip-neck is versatile, great looking and worth every penny.

Mid Layers

Check out lightweight and warm Powerstretch pieces by Mountain Hardwear and Arcteryx. Arcteryx offers a slimmer fit but Hardwear includes the ever-popular thumb-loop feature.  Patagonia’s R-1 Pullover is another popular light, warm layering piece. For your next mid layer look no further than the new Nano-Puff Pullover by Patagonia.  Light as air with a deep zipper for ventilation, this piece is insulated with a super lightweight synthetic material and comes in some eye-catching colors.  Check out the sapphire.  Patagonia has offered the Down Sweater for several years now and we believe this is a ridiculously versatile piece that is streamlined enough to layer well.

Outer Layer

Your outer layer is critical for keeping the elements out and your body heat in–it seals the deal.  Hard shell or soft shell, that is the question.  Keeping it really simple:  Hard shells offer more water proof-ness.  Soft shells offer more stretchy-ness, while still offering near water-proofness.   We are liking The North Face Various Guide jacket in the hard shell department.  Durable, fully featured and a snazzy printed lining for fun.  In the soft shell category we are excited about Mountain Hardwear’s well-priced ($130) Callisto jacket.  Stretchy, DWR coated and windproof–love the sky blue color!

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