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    Hi all, I have a few questions about layering in general, I have a few things that I have found and want to see if they are appropriate for hiking Mount Washington during the winter season.

    Clothing:
    Base layer: Polyester underarmour (Top/bottom)
    Over-base layer (TOP + BOTTOM): EMS Techwick T3 [http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...80146.3903228] and Techwick T2 [http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...2151.11315569]
    Insulation layer (TOP): I have a fleece vest
    (Uninsulated) waterproof and breathable shell (TOP + BOTTOM): EMS SYSTEM III (pants): [http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4358841] -- not sure about a top maybe Marmot Minimalist? [http://marmot.com/products/minimalist_jacket]
    Hooded down or Prima-loft jacket: Prima-loft Ascent [http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/66223...ping&subrnd=0] or something else... not too sure about this.

    Those are my items I'm looking at getting, what do you guys think about them? Have any suggestions for anything else or if these items are completely wrong?

    Thanks.

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    It sounds about right. Generally, I don't like underarmour brand anything. It's a personal opinion, but its for football players. EMS, REI, Patagonia and other outdoor companies all have their brand of lightweight long underwear, I'd recommend those over underarmour.

    Your legs are going to be cold too. You need a base layer, an insulating layer and a shell at the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O View Post
    Your legs are going to be cold too. You need a base layer, an insulating layer and a shell at the least.
    As a counterpoint, I rarely wear more than one layer on my legs. I tend to run hot. Getting sweaty is a no-no. Your mileage may vary. Mount Washington is probably not the best choice for your first winter peak (not clear if it is / will be.) Pierce is an excellent choice. Exposed enough for you to feel the fury, but treeline is < 10 minutes away.

    When I do need extra on my legs, I double duty a pair of Pearl Izumi tights, and/or my Swix XC ski warm-up pants.

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    What you wear and what you carry are not the same thing. I agree, my legs are rarely cold too, but if you get lost and need to spend the night in the snow I'd prefer to keep my legs.
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    When I went shopping at REI in NC for these types of things the sales clerk helped me a lot. As we were were heading to the register I asked if these would really keep me warm when it was very cold - he asked, "How cold do you expect to be out in?" When I said -45F wind chill he grabbed all the REI stuff and said "wrong aisle". And we headed to their Patagonia section. I have been very happy with those selections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    he asked, "How cold do you expect to be out in?" When I said -45F wind chill he grabbed all the REI stuff and said "wrong aisle". And we headed to their Patagonia section.
    Good thing you mentioned that at the last moment!
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