Best Performance Mid-Layers for 2021

Best Midlayers for Skiing

Midlayers, often overlooked yet one of the most do it all pieces of outerwear you can own.  These performance midlayers can be worn as an outerlayer or midlayer and don’t take up much space in your backpack.  The best midlayers for skiing, hiking and hunting can be found below.

Best Midlayers

686 Midlayer

686 Primaloft Breeze

Take it all on with the flexible breathability of this multi-session 686 men’s Primaloft Breeze jacket. Made for the man who wants a do-it-all session in perfect powder, slush or blizzard conditions – it’s all good. Suit up in this 686 Primaloft Breeze for men made for superior outdoor performance on any trail, tour or just an everyday excursion. Take the spirit of Mother Earth along with you and create good vibes wherever you go in this mens snowboarding jacket. How? Recycled insulation from plastic bottles is what keeps you warm with Primaloft insulation and no less than 70 percent RPET fibers. Features of the 686 Primaloft Breeze include Two-Way Stretch Fabric + DWR, 80g Primaloft® Silver Eco Polyfill 70% Recycled Insulation (Bluesign® Approved), SMARTY® Compatible, Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 40+. Plus everything you need for easy access to your tech like Lycra Thumb Holes, Inner Mesh Pocket and Chest Pocket with Audio Buttonhole. A winter mid-layer made with exclusive Primaloft® synthetic microfiber insulation for water resistant, packable warmth.

Price: $189.95

Black Diamond Midlayer Jacket

Black Diamond First Light Pullover

This is the most breathable backcountry jacket from Black Diamond’s massive winter collection. Made for men who need breathable insulation for alpine climbs, backcountry tours and fast lines in the powder, the Black Diamond First Light Pullover is ideal for use as a winter mid-layer. Integrate your favorite tech easily with 2 zippered pockets on the outside and 1 zippered pocket on the inside at the chest. Designed to keep you warm no matter where you wear it, this snow jacket for men sheds moisture, slush and snowflakes. Features of the Black Diamond First Light Pullover include the most breathable insulator for backcountry touring, Primaloft Silver Active insulation breathes for performance warmth, water-resistant Schoeller softshell fabric, freedom of movement in underarm gussets, hem adjustments.

Price: $258.95

Club Ride Blaze Midlayer

Club Ride Blaze Vest

When it comes to mid-layers you have to have a vest that locks your essential warmth inside. Make the most of cold days in any short-sleeved, long sleeved shirt or under a bigger jacket. Made specifically for cycling, the Club Ride Blaze Vest includes a wind and water-resistant outer where it matters most. Insulation in your midsection prevents vital heat loss from your body. Features of the Club Ride Blaze Vest include Woven ripstop polyester face fabric, lightweight insulated front synthetic fill, 2 zippered front pockets and 1 internal pocket, Ridelight™ reflective accents with a sport fit. Ideal for cyclists or any S3who wants to find just-the-right vest to work as a base layer or mid-layer.

Price: $109.95

La Sportiva Midlayer

La Sportiva Meridian Pullover

Thoughtfully designed with insulation for your body climate in any conditions, this winter coat is made with recycled fabric. The Meridian Primaloft Jacket is made with three different weights of Primaloft Silver Active Eco – 100g in the core, 60g through the sleeve and 40g at the side body. The ideal mid-layer to keep your core heat inside where you need it most, the Meridian Primaloft jacket offers Breathable VapoVent™ construction – plus tons of pockets to store your tech and other must-have gear on hand. La Sportiva Italy loves the mountains and has a passion for the backcountry like you do which is why they offer these masterfully made pieces of mountain gear just for you! Features of the La Sportiva Meridian Pullover include midweight insulation with full zip, sleeve cuff gaiters, bottom hem regulation, recycled fabric & insulation and Breathable VapoVent™ construction.

Price: $229.95

Montane Midlayer Jacket

Montane Hydrogen Jacket

The ultimate insulation comes together with a blend of high warmth POLARTEC® Alpha Direct and the breathable PERTEX® QUANTUM AIR shell outer. Making for one of the most comfortable and cozy mid-layers PERTEX® QUANTUM AIR’s wind-resistant outer offers Durable Water Repellency so you can protect yourself from even the worst, wettest conditions. Made for all-day comfortability for people who need flexibility and warmth in fast-paced sports like mountaineering and climbing in cooler temperatures and wet conditions. Features of the Montane Hydrogen jacket include two external zipped Napoleon chest pockets, fully adjustable roll-away insulated climbing helmet-compatible hood with stiffened peak, hook and loop adjustable cuff tabs and 120g/m2 POLARTEC® Alpha Direct high loft fleece lining.

Price: $140.00

Outdoor Research Midlayer

Outdoor Research Baritone

A multi-purpose jacket made to wick away moisture so you can stay comfortable in any blend of conditions. Ideal for a protective mid-layer with additional sun protection for compatibility in any weather condition. Take the Outdoor Research Baritone hoody is soft with flex so you can wear it any place you enjoy casual outdoor sports, hiking, snow skiing, snowboarding and more. The perfect base layer, or comfy mid-layer the Outdoor Research Baritone hoody gives you the lux treatment no matter where you are outside, you can count on being toasty warm inside, where it matters the most. Features of the Outdoor Research Baritone include wicking, quick-drying and breathable, movement mirroring stretch, thermo-regulating active temp treatment, UPF 30, flat seams, set-in sleeves, right hip security sip pocket plus thumbs holes for easy access to your tech.

Price: $109.95

Patagonia Midlayer

Patagonia DAS Light Hoody

This winter mid-layer is exclusively designed with innovative quilting construction for comfort and warmth. The Patagonia DAS Light Hoody insulated hood also includes a single-pull cord adjustment in the back and stretchy binding at the front is for helmet compatibility. You can feel good about wearing this mid-layer made from Patagonia because it is made with 83% Fair Trade Certified sewn styles. Patagonia DAS Light Hoody is made with more recycled materials than any other apparel brand! Features of the include ultra-light nylon ripstop face fabric, water-resistant endurance coating, revolutionary lightweight 100% recycled polyester PlumaFill insulation, two-way center-front Vislon® zipper backed, external left-chest pocket and two hand warmer pockets all made to store any tech you take along.

Price: $329.00

The North Face Ventrix Jacket

The North Face L5 Ventrix Jacket

The L5 Ventrix jacket is the right combination of The NorthFace FUTURELIGHT™ and Ventrix™ technologies. Made to fit snugly into a stuff sack you can tuck away water resistant, wind protection in a small package. If you grab this jacket for yourself or a loved one you can also tag @thenorthface on social media and maybe get featured on the website in your L5 Ventrix jacket from The North Face. The lightweight men’s jacket is lightweight, waterproof and breathable so you can enjoy flexible performance in a stretch material. More than enough for you to rip, The North Face L5 Ventrix jacket is ready for any challenge you are. Features of the men’s Summit L5 Ventrix Jacket by The North Face include 25 g Ventrix™ stretch synthetic insulation, perforated back panel for dynamic venting, adjustable, internal hem cinch-cord, breathable-waterproof, seam-sealed FUTURELIGHT™ 3L shell, plus Hook-and-loop cuff tabs for easy access to any type of tech you brought along.

Price: $550.00

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About the Author

Brittany Artwohl
Brittany is a fitness expert and natural health enthusiast based out of sunny Arizona. A certified first responder, lifeguard, group fitness instructor and yoga trainer, Brittany has also worked as a professional writer with a focus on natural health for over 8 years.

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