How to Dress to Stay Warm: Introducing the Three-Layer-System

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Introducing the Three-Layer-System

When planning for outdoor workouts, especially during winters, you need to dress to maintain your body temperature while protecting yourself from external weather conditions, such as rain, wind, and snow. The best-known way to accomplish both these objectives is to dress in a three-layer-system.

The three layers of clothing will keep you dry while maintaining your body temperature and keeping you warm.

Let’s look at each of the three layers and how each layer adds more protection and comfort as you workout during the winter season. 

The Base Layer – For Moisture Wicking 

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The human body has an automated mechanism for maintaining body temperature. When you exercise, your body temperature increases, to bring it down and prevent the body from overheating, your body perspires so there is sweat on your skin.

In cold weather, when the sweat comes in contact with air (that has a really low temperature), the sweat condenses and converts into water that stays on the skin's surface.

A t-shirt made from an absorbent, organic material like cotton will absorb that sweat and is likely to make you feel cold even when you stop exercising. Therefore, it is best to go for synthetic materials like polyester that are water-resistant and dry quickly.

Wool is another excellent choice for the base layer, and you can also find materials that are a combination of synthetic fiber and wool. In all, the base layer's purpose is moisture-wicking so that your skin remains dry. 

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Introducing the Three-Layer-System

When planning for outdoor workouts, especially during winters, you need to dress to maintain your body temperature while protecting yourself from external weather conditions, such as rain, wind, and snow. The best-known way to accomplish both these objectives is to dress in a three-layer-system.

The three layers of clothing will keep you dry while maintaining your body temperature and keeping you warm.

Let’s look at each of the three layers and how each layer adds more protection and comfort as you workout during the winter season. 

Baleaf Men's Thermal Pullover

The Mid Layer – Insulation that Keeps You Warm

The idea behind adding a mid-layer to your winter workout gear is to keep you warm by conserving your energy, so this layer is an insulation that keeps you warm.

It is slightly loose compared to the base layer and is usually made from synthetic fiber that can keep the air locked. The more air it locks in, the more you are likely to maintain your body heat.

As a rule, you don't always need a mid-layer. Make sure you check the outside temperatures before you dress up.

It is best to keep an extra layer in your backpack to stop and add it when you feel cold, or there is a change in the weather.

Just remember that if you wear a mid-layer that insulates too much, it can lead to a rise in your body temperature, and you may sweat a lot.

Moreover, a mid-layer loses its insulation properties in case of wet weather conditions.

The Outer Layer – Protection that Guards Against External Elements 

Baleaf Men's Windproof Jacket


The third and last layer protects against external weather conditions. Rain, snow, wind are all the elements that can slow you down and may even stop but not when you are wearing the right outer layer.

Go for breathable, waterproof outer layers that can withstand the harsh weather.

You can also find out wind-resistant jackets that can keep you warm and comfortable during the not-so-friendly weather conditions. 

Baleaf Men's Windproof Jacket

The Mid Layer
– Insulation that Keeps You Warm

Baleaf Men's Thermal Pullover

The idea behind adding a mid-layer to your winter workout gear is to keep you warm by conserving your energy, so this layer is an insulation that keeps you warm.

It is slightly loose compared to the base layer and is usually made from synthetic fiber that can keep the air locked. The more air it locks in, the more you are likely to maintain your body heat.

As a rule, you don't always need a mid-layer. Make sure you check the outside temperatures before you dress up.

It is best to keep an extra layer in your backpack to stop and add it when you feel cold, or there is a change in the weather.

Just remember that if you wear a mid-layer that insulates too much, it can lead to a rise in your body temperature, and you may sweat a lot.

Moreover, a mid-layer loses its insulation properties in case of wet weather conditions.

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