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Topic - Leg Layering

Milesy - on 17 Jan 2013
To mods: I have posted this in here is it makes more sense to be seen by winter climbers, who not all see or use the gear section.

At present I wear my decathlon soft shells straight over my legs and a cheapish pair of berghaus waterproofs. My legs are always baltic and it makes winter days out unenjoyable if standing about.

I wanted a new pair of bright trousers for new year motivation. I got a pair of the Millet Pro K GTX salopettes.

http://www.millet.fr/en/products/spring-summer-2012-catalog/mens-pants/k-pro-gtx-pant

Now they are just a really good hard shell layer with crampon patches, and various reinforced sections. They have full leg zips for taking on and off and also for venting.

The waist is very high and perfect for tucking everything in and out of the way of the harness - I find the decathlon softshells not very good for this and the waist is always in the way of my harness and end up with exposed midriff somehow.

My question is how best to add some layers to this. I am not sure how much warmth the GTX will keep in by itself. Would I get away with merino wool long johns alone (I have never really worn a base or thermal layer. Or should I take the braces off the softshells and wear them under? I am not sure whether the softshells and the new harshells might be a bit restrictive of movement.

Any suggestions appreciated.
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