Layering your clothing will help you stay warm when it’s cold outside. Quality layering apparel we love for 2019 include leggings, pullovers, performance pants, and more in an assortment of fabrics from wool to synthetic.
This is the best layering apparel to keep you warm in 2019
|Grundéns Deckhand Hoodie|
This hoody provides a lightweight layer, protection from the sun, and is quick to dry. It is made from CoolCore non-chemical cooling yarn. Four-way stretch makes for a better fit.
|Carhartt Rain Defender Rutland Thermal-Lined Hooded Zip-Front Sweatshirt|
This zippered sweatshirt is warm, protective, and sports Rain Defender which helps keep water from soaking into this thermal-lined hoody. This is good to work in when its cold, or use it under a waterproof top layer when sitting and glassing for animals to stalk. We think it’s a good choice on a crisp fall evening sitting around the campfire, and it’s made from half-cotton and half-polyester with a 100% polyester thermal lining.
|Free Fly Women’s Bamboo Flex Long Sleeve|
This shirt is ultra-soft and flexible. A perfect long sleeve for layering and it fits true to size. It is form-fitted and designed nicely for a great overall fit, and especially on the neck and shoulders. It is stretchy, yet holds it’s shape, being made from really quality material and sports attractive pleating across the back of the shirt.
|Orvis Women’s Guide Pants|
These pants are a great asset in a lady angler’s wardrobe. Super comfortable, Orvis’ Women’s Guide Pants allow for maximum mobility, are lightweight, fast drying and look great.
|Columbia PFG Fish Series Terminal Tackle Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt|
We like the weight and feel of this synthetic shirt. It provides protection from the sun with a UPF 50 rating and is still lightweight so you aren’t hot. It also works nicely as a layer in a multi-layer system. Think brisk mornings and warm afternoons. We think the prints are cool and like both the American flag and billfish that are on the models we tested.
|FisheWear Floral Fish Leggings|
It’s no secret that our fisherwomen at Fish Alaska love the FisheWear brand, especially their leggings. The Floral Fish design is funky enough, yet still subtle and they look great with a skirt thrown over them after a day spent in waders. FisheWear leggings are always Melissa Norris’s first layer on fishing days because they feel fantastic.
|Duluth Trading Co. Dry on the Fly Pant|
A surprisingly comfortable pant, we found ourselves reaching for these even when working in the office. Our tester appreciated the relaxed fit and sleek profile lost on many outdoor-oriented performance pants.
|L.L. Bean Base Layer Crew and Pant|
We found these base layers to be great insulation when layering up for Alaska’s cold weather. We tested multiple weights and found them to be great for several outdoor activities.
|Helly Hansen HH LIFA Merino Crew|
We appreciate the stitching detail on this base layer and the warmth provided. This fits well and makes winter layering easy and comfortable.
|Free Fly Women’s Bamboo Fleece Pullover Hoodie|
This pullover hoodie is lightweight, with an ultra-comfortable fleece lining. It is warm without making you sweaty, indicating it regulates heat well. The fabric is moisture-wicking and adapts to many different temperatures. Our tester really appreciated the attractive hood, high neckline, and thumbholes on the sleeves. This hoodie is well designed and a current favorite.
|Terramar Thermawool Women’s Pant|
It’s rare for our tester to be able to wear wool next of skin because it causes her skin to itch, but these great base-layer pants from Terramar feature a wool outer layer while the next-to-skin fabric is a brushed microfiber. The result is a cozy pant you can wear all day under waders.
|Columbia Sportswear Blood and Guts III Long Sleeve Woven Shirt|
With a name like Blood and Guts, it’s got to be good. This shirt is very light, has Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection and Omni-Shield Blood and Guts repellency to prevent stains. It is vented to help cool you during hot days, and has roll-up sleeves with tab holders, too. It’s made of Omni-Shield Release Twill 100% polyester, so it dries very quickly. It has two chest pockets, is available in several colors, and is stylish so you’ll look just as good back at the bar as you do on the water.
|Black Diamond Men’s Alpine Start Hoodie|
This jacket is an ideal lightweight option for active wear or everyday use. The tester especially likes the comfort and breathability of the jacket. Easily packable for fishing, hiking, biking, golf, etc. This jacket is a favorite option for protection from the weather and wind. It allows for easy movement and is comfortable to wear.
|The North Face Women’s Mountain Sweatshirt Full Zip|
Three layers of quilted softness combine together to make a heat trap in the Women’s Mountain Sweatshirt by The North Face. It performs great and feels super cozy to boot. Knit cuffs keep wind out. This full zip is cut rather roomy so size up or down according to your fit preference.
|Free Fly Men’s Bamboo Flex Henley Shirt|
This shirt is made from very comfortable and stretchy material, and is not at all restrictive to sporting activities. The material is quick-drying and easy to wear all day. We put to test the manufacturer’s claim of odor resistance. With stinky armpits, there was no noticeable odor to the shirt. This shirt is great for layering and our tester loved the stretch and comfort intrinsic to this garment. The added value of UPF 50 protection is appreciated.
|Eddie Bauer Radiator Fleece Jacket|
This fleece jacket both looks and fits great. Our tester loves the longer length of it, the snap front, and smart style. This is a great layering piece and the perfect jacket to wear to dinner after a day on the water.
|Hot Chillys Women’s MTF4000 Fiesta! Print Zip-T|
This top is great for the stretchy fit that lines your body for maximum mobility. The splashy design makes your fishing photos that much brighter. It offers mid-weight warmth as a layering piece, is comfortable and wicks moisture easily.
|Black Diamond Crux Hoody|
In a seamless design using a nylon-blended fabric, Black Diamond created this stylish and functional layering top. Our tester loves the scuba-hood style on this top.
|Grundéns X Salmon Sisters Maris Hoodie and Bottoms|
The Maris set from Grundéns received an Editors’ Choice Award in a previous Fish Alaska review from Publisher Melissa Norris. She loves this set. “It’s great in black,” Melissa said, “but I really adore the Salmon Sisters variation.” A soft, ocean-blue fabric featuring their subtle design in a mint color looks great in this set. They are both really fantastic multi-purpose performance pieces with style.
|KÜHL W Flight Pullover|
This KÜHL Flight Pullover, dubbed The Black Bear by our tester, offers superior warmth to any pullover she’s ever tried. Melissa Norris explains, “I’m cold often, but not in The Black Bear.” KÜHL’s 1/4-zip Flight Pullover is so incredibly warm and it is stylish to boot. “It worked great in the cool, crisp air on the Kenai last fall and for ice fishing this winter.”
|KÜHL W Spyfire Vest|
“This is my go-to vest as an outer layer when I want the extra arm mobility” our tester shared, “and it performed in a wide variety of temperatures.” A growing fan of KÜHL for style and function, she was really impressed with several pieces this year. In the Spyfire Vest KÜHL brings together three unique fabrics with purpose resulting in an 800-fill down vest that warms your core in all the right places without being too bulky. Soft-shell reinforced shoulders intended for skiers functions well for wading anglers or backpackers.