Waistcoats and gilets are an essential tool when it comes to layering and are extremely popular for outdoor use due to their versatility.
Quality waistcoats and gilets allow for freedom of movement while keeping your core warm. A waistcoat or gilet makes a great addition to a layering system. In mild weather, a waistcoat/gilet can be worn over a base layer for added warmth and in extreme cold, it can provide an extra insulating mid layer worn underneath a jacket.
Fleece waistcoats and gilets
Benefits for layering: made from a Polartec Power Fleece® fleece which makes it very warm while being lightweight and flexible – ideal for active use.
Benefits for layering: provides warmth without bulk due to the insulating Arctec 360 anti-pill fleece, which features tiny air pockets to retain heat while providing lightweight breathability and rapid moisture transfer to keep you warm and dry.
Benefits for layering: provides great insulation while offering two options for protection from the elements due to the reversible nature of the gilet – with one side featuring shower and windproof fleece and the other offering incredibly warm anti-pill Polar microfleece.
Insulated waistcoats and gilets
Musto Quilted Primaloft® Waistcoat - £139.95
Benefits for layering: Renowned Primaloft® insulation is made from ultrafine fibres which keep the wearer extremely warm while effectively wicking any moisture to the surface of the material.
Benefits for layering: this reversible gilet from Harkila also utilises Primaloft® insulation which makes it insulation and waterproof, even if the insulation gets wet – making it a great outer layer for all weather or providing added core warmth in cold conditions.
Benefits for layering: the Seeland Castor Waistcoat is lined with Thinsulate® for unrivalled warmth. With an extremely lightweight insulation, this Seeland waistcoat is ideal as a packaway layer for use in changeable weather.
If you have any questions about which option bests suits your needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team or browse our full range of gilets and waistcoats for men, women and children.
If you want to find out more about the science behind layering technical clothing, browse the ArdMoor guide to layering.