Part 2 – Clothing Philosophy: Performance Layering

January 18, 2011

The concept of layering has been popular for some time now, however there seems to be a lot of confusion about what layering is. Correct layering has three components, each layer has a specific role and they all work together to maximise your comfort and safety.

Layer 1:  Prime Layer – Next to skin – Moisture control

Wick moisture away from your skin

Needs to dry very fast

Low odour

Warm in winter and cool in summer

Comfortable next to skin

High breathability

Layer 2:  Insulation Layer – Mid layer – Warmth management



Quick drying

High loft

Low odour

High breathability

High wicking ability

Layer 3:  Barrier Layer – Outer/Shell layer – Wind and precipitation control

Wind block garment

DWR treatment to minimise fabric saturation

Block wind

Block light showers

Keep you warm

Large arm pit zippers to dump excess heat

Dry quickly



Block wind, rain and snow – All elements

DWR treatment to minimise fabric saturation

Large arm pit zippers to dump excess heat

Dry quickly

Seam sealed

Ultra packable – must be small enough to carry with you at ALL TIMES in case you get caught out overnight or the weather changes unexpectedly

Fixed storm hood on XTR SERIES

All layers must be small enough to be carried with you all day. If a garment is too big to fit in your pack it is not suitable for your trip. If you need to stash a garment to pick up on the way out it is too big and not safe to take with you. If you get lost and have to spend a night out exposed, you need to have all your layers there to keep warm, dry and safe.

Part 1 – Clothing Philosophy: Attack of the clones

Part 3 – Clothing Philosophy: Fabric Choice

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Size Chart


Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53



WAIST: Place the tape measure around your waist, just above where your trousers would normally naturally rest. Don't pull the tape tight, but make sure it is snug. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size. 

INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85



Our outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the outer layer trousers.

XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

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