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great morning in the DC metro area.  high 30's, nice north wind gusting to 20-25 mph.  hiked from 6-9 a.m.  faced a dilemma:

1.  light/mid wicking long sleeve zip-neck layer plus soft shell; or,

2.  heavy wicking zip-neck layer (polartec powerstretch) plus very light wind shell top.

the baseline: light wool socks, trail runners, mid-weight wool long john bottoms, light wool t-shirt, light fleece beanie, expedition-weight synthetic glove liners.  had to put on windstopper gloves over the liners because my fingers got nippy, despite moving at 3.5 mph.

the question is, would you have chosen #1 or #2, and why? or perhaps something else?

i'll check back in a few days and share what i chose, and how it played out.



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Entirely an individual questions, IMO.  Depends on how heated you get from exercise and how easily and how much you sweat.  For me, option #2 would work best.  But that's just me.  We're all different.

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Agree with Jer--about it being individual.  At about freezing (32), I will usually start off with a long-sleeve med. or light thermal shirt covered by a "dress shirt" style synthetic hiking shirt (eg. EXO Airstrip), and a light fleece or heavier rain jacket.  And within ten min. I'll shed the jacket, and ten more odd are I'm down to the undershirt, unless the wind--oops, just looked again at the wind in your original post.  So am more likely to keep the jacket and drop the mid-layer--if I keep the wind off, I'll heat up plenty.

But that's me.  I break into a sweat at the mere thought of work.


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I was out yesterday morning in similar conditions and went with option 1: more breathable and less stinky.

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Opt 1 but remove the softshell and add a wind shirt while moving. Down sweater while stopped

But as Jer said completely an individual thing


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yup, i recognize everyone does this differently.  that's why i asked.

because i couldn't decide, i wore #1 on the way out and #2 on the way back.  with a few moments of feeling very cold when i changed over.  i generally run very hot and figured the soft shell would be better for that reason - allow a little bit of air flow, vent moisture better.  

what i found was that both were perfectly fine - but that between the cold, wind, relatively lightweight day pack, and the relatively flat trail (not a lot of work),  i was slightly more comfortable with an outer layer that cut the wind better and the slightly better insulation that the thicker layer provided.
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Like everyone said, it's individual.  My approach would be to avoid the softshell; I don't like them.  Instead, I'd take a light/med base layer, a light/med fleece shirt, and a very light wind shirt.  More options that way.  If there were any chance of rain, I'd swap the wind shirt for a rain jacket.
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