2015 Fish Alaska ECA: Apparel: Layering
1. Filson Alaskan Midweight Pants and Top
MSRP: $105 each
Filson makes these great, soft wool long johns ideal for Alaska outdoor activities. They should last a long time with proper care.
2. ExOfficio Women’s FlyQ Lite Vest
This lightweight vest is great for travel. It includes pockets for gadgets with clear panels to work with touch screens, a microfleece-lined glasses pocket, a key clip and a pocket intended for a water bottle.
3. Mont-Bell Women’s Thermawrap Sport Vest
Providing a lightweight, packable mid-layer for cooler weather while still maintaining ultimate mobility. This Mont-Bell vest is built well and comfortable.
4. Helly Hansen Warm FZ Hoodie
Two-layer construction blends 100% merino wool with Helly Hansen’s Lifa Stay Dry Technology to keep you warm and dry while also presenting the brand’s Lifa Flow Supercharged Drying that wicks moisture fast.
5. Kryptek Merino Top Highlander and Merino Bottom Highlander
MSRP: $119.99 each
Testers found themselves comfortable over a range of temperatures with this 95% merino wool/ 5% spandex combination layering system. The technical garments keep you warm when wet, don’t hold odor and are comfortable to wear.
6. Mammut Women’s Yukon Tech Jacket
Stretch on the sides and back make the fit on this jacket work well for any body type. This jacket is both extra warm and at a good price point for Mammut quality.
7. Under Armour Women’s UA Stunner Perf Jacket
This light and airy jacketfeels great in the warm weather like we had last summer with tiny perf holes throughout the jacket for added coolness.
8. Icebreaker Women’s Gust Vest
The lightweight Gust Vest is made of a merino inner, a polyurethane middle layer to fight the wind and a polyester outer layer to ward off rain. The multifunctional layering piece is worth the cost for an individual who can properly care for the wool garment.
9. Baffin Men’s Base Layer Top & Pants
MSRP: CDN $54.99 each
Until recent years we thought of Baffin as a footwear company, but they make some of the best layering clothes we’ve tested. From keeping you comfortable on balmy days to warm in the dead of winter when dropping lures through the ice, these are a great addition to the Alaskan angling wardrobe. What we like best is the weight of the material; it fits snug, but has plenty of stretch, is anti-microbial and is high-quality. We love their mid-layers too, as they don’t absorb dog hair!
10. Smartwool Women’s PhD Full Zip Hoody
100% merino wool is the liner in this lightweight jacket with SmartLoft insulation and a nylon outer layer creates ultimate warmth without the bulk.
11. ExOfficio Women’s BugsAway Lumen Hoody
This mesh-weave hoody keeps you cool and protected with the added bonus of Insect Shield technology. It is roomy enough to put over an under layer and light enough to wear under an outer layer. Looks and fits great.
12. Bluesmiths The Kanaha Hydrophobic Shirt
A base layer shirt that repels water, but dries extra-quickly when you do get wet. It breathes well and is extremely comfortable—not to mention it looks great as an outer layer LS shirt on warmer days.
13. Sporthill Women’s Dash Zip Top
Loose, comfortable and a great base-layer choice for most weather.
14. Patagonia Women’s Emmilen Hoody
Hunker down in this super-soft, highly-warm microfleece hoody. The 3-paneled hood comes in handy when the weather turns windy and cools off.
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