XtRemE11alright thanks good info so far. anyone recommendations for a good moisture wicking baselayer? I havent been able to find a polyester baselayer thin enough to not hold water. what im using now is a super thin merino baselayer, which is honestly as good as ive found because its so damn thin there's not much material to hold water. But i cant help but think theres gotta be some merino/something else mix meant more specifically for moisture wicking.
What im thinking is a super light as moisture wicking as possible baselayer, whatever that is. a very breathable mid layer, was looking at this? https://us.monsroyale.com/Approach-Tech-Mid-Hoody_4 itd be nice if my mid layer had at least some decent waterproofing, (or if its snowing just go for my base layer and shell over top?)
And a pretty burly shell, more aimed at warmth and/or fitting layers underneath. since getting soaked might be inevitable, I think just getting super well insulated and warm is gonna be important.
and for the colder days, some kind of really warm but still packable puffy. not sure what kind or insulating material..
As for gloves, its a similar deal, once i get sweaty, and start to head down and my body temp drops, my hands get ridiculously cold. they dont sweat much actually, but might still be nice to go up with a thick windproof liner to avoid getting my gloves wet, throw on some good warm mits for the way down. i've been just swapping between no gloves and thinner mits as my hands get warm/cold, but a liner more dedicated to the up seems good?
Have a look at this beauty - https://us.monsroyale.com/collections/mens-base-layer-long-sleeve-top/products/temple-tech-hood-9-iron
. I tour in same base but from earlier release with slightly more weight (175 gsm vs 140 in current release) and slightly more wool in material (95% vs 83%). I like hood, I like to use front zipper to release excess heat, I like mesh back (you have a backpack and better breathability here is a plus), I like raglan sleeves (they usually fit me better). If you don't want to use hood - check hoodless version. If you don't want to use long sleeve - check t-shirt version. If you scared because of durability of 140 gsm fabric - don't worry. I use hoodless version for trail and enduro mtb, had number of falls and got only one hole when landed on rocks.
As for mid layer+outer layer , in your shoes I would look at Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoodie - softshell hoodie that doesn't insulate you much and could be found cheap or Patagonia R1 Tech Face same as ferrosi may be tad warmer (but I hasn't used both yet, looking into buying one for next season, just sharing my conclusion from reviews) and more expensive. They both could be used as a wind blocking layer + shedding light snow.
Add something like arcteryx proton or trew kooshin (discounted but could be found on sale) for lightweight breathable puffy, that could be used as an outerlayer on the way up for really cold days and under shell on regular days for way down. If you don't want to use breathable puffy for going down - check garments made from Polartec Alpha insulator. Very breathable material.
And finally a shell - I'm using Strafe Cham jacket with Polartec Neoshell for touring. Something with 50-75D fabric and Polartec Neoshell membrane is breathable and lightweight enough to use for touring, still durable when skiing in trees.
I usually start skinning just with Mons hoodie and after 10-15 minutes add Strafe jacket. Sometimes it's cold outside but not enough to justify using hardshell. That's why I'm thinking to add OR Ferrosi/Patagonia Tech face. During transition I close all my zippers and add my Trew Kooshin over or under the shell (depends on weather, how many runs are we going to have after that one, but I prefer over - less moves during next transition to skinning).
What do I want to add to my system - softshell and insulated pants (something like Norrona lyngen with Polartec alpha that could be thrown over my shell pants during transition or for really cold days).
And one more note I'm living in Europe, the climate here is wetter than in Colorado, but not as wet as in PNW.
**This post was edited on Jan 21st 2020 at 11:27:38am