Cold Weather Sailing Gear: The Middle Layer

How do you stay warm when late-fall cruising, fall series racing, or frostbiting? This week we'll focus on the middle layer. We'll suggest some brands and features to look for, but we want you to be a part of the conversation. Send your favorite cold weather gear choices to [email protected].

 AYC Halloween Howel 2012. Photo by Dan Phelps

Under your water-resistant shell, and on top of your moisture-wicking base layer, is your middle layer. Often it's made of cozy fleece. As always, comfort is important. Kristen Berry, director at J/World Sailing School likes his Atlantis Weathergear pullover because it's so soft. Style is important too, so check out Patagonia's fleece pull-overs in a wide variety of fun colors. Walking the docks at this year's cool, rainy U.S. Sailboat Show, I saw some awesome mid-layer Musto gear, including trousers and salopettes.

 SSA 505 Fall Championships 2012. Photo by Dan Phelps

If you click to Annapolis Performance Sailing it's easy to find middle layers (base and outer too). They're divided by warmth and by men's and women's apparel, making it a breeze to find exactly what you're looking for. While you're searching for your own cool gear, don't forget to shop for stocking stuffers and other holiday gifts for your favorite sailor.