Women's Layering Guide

Wondering if your shell will fit over your favourite down hoody? Our layering guide will tell you.

Why Layering?

Layers are the instruments of keeping you dry, warm and using your energy efficiently. Put into the right systems, a good sequence of layers provides you with weather protection, moves moisture away from your skin, conserves or dissipates heat, and does this in the least amount of time.

Layering Key

Using the number assigned to your product, refer to the illustration to discover additional layers you can add to your system.

Sample Systems

Versatile and adaptable to changes in weather conditions, output, activity and climate. Removing the shell or the insulation helps regulate temperature and moisture.

Base Layer

Base Layer

Your first layer, worn next-to-skin. In many ways, this layer determines your other layers.

Mid Layer & Fleece

Mid Layer & Fleece

Air permeable layers that provide some warmth and protection, in addition to moisture management.

Insulation

Insulation

When selecting insulation type, consider weight and weather conditions. Down provides the highest warmth-to-weight value and packs small, but it is best suited to cool and dry conditions. Synthetic materials remain warm when damp, are more abrasion resistant but less compact and heavier than down.

Shell Jackets

Shell Jackets

Shells are the most weather protective layer, most often worn on the outside of all other layers. Evaluate your environment, expected output level and typical conditions when making your selection.

Insulated Shell Jackets

Insulated Shell Jackets

A one jacket system for cold, wet environments. Weatherproof and insulated, these outer layers are streamlined and can be lighter than an equivalent two-piece system.

Belay Jackets

Belay Jackets

Designed to be worn over all other layers, belay jackets are an extra layer that is packable, lightweight and meant for use during periods of rest or low activity.

Men's Layering Guide

Wondering if your shell will fit over your favourite down hoody? Our layering guide will tell you.

Why Layering?

Layers are the instruments of keeping you dry, warm and using your energy efficiently. Put into the right systems, a good sequence of layers provides you with weather protection, moves moisture away from your skin, conserves or dissipates heat, and does this in the least amount of time.

Layering Key

Using the number assigned to your product, refer to the illustration to discover additional layers you can add to your system.

Sample Systems

Versatile and adaptable to changes in weather conditions, output, activity and climate. Removing the shell or the insulation helps regulate temperature and moisture.

Base Layer

Base Layer

Your first layer, worn next-to-skin. In many ways, this layer determines your other layers.

Mid Layer & Fleece

Mid Layer & Fleece

Air permeable layers that provide some warmth and protection, in addition to moisture management.

Insulation

Insulation

When selecting insulation type, consider weight and weather conditions. Down provides the highest warmth-to-weight value and packs small, but it is best suited to cool and dry conditions. Synthetic materials remain warm when damp, are more abrasion resistant but less compact and heavier than down.

Shell Jackets

Shell Jackets

Shells are the most weather protective layer, most often worn on the outside of all other layers. Evaluate your environment, expected output level and typical conditions when making your selection.

Insulated Shell Jackets

Insulated Shell Jackets

A one jacket system for cold, wet environments. Weatherproof and insulated, these outer layers are streamlined and can be lighter than an equivalent two-piece system.

Belay Jackets

Belay Jackets

Designed to be worn over all other layers, belay jackets are an extra layer that is packable, lightweight and meant for use during periods of rest or low activity.

Women's Travel Collection | Arc'teryx

Make life simple. Easy to pack, versatile and suitable for multiple days in various climates and environments. Be active or hang out; these pieces are ready for anything.

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Functional and technical, these designs make the transition from outdoor to urban simple and comfortable. Packable and verstaile with built-in ergonomic comfort.

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TRAVEL PACKS + LUGGAGE

Functional and lightweight: these are key considerations when selecting packs for outdoor or urban adventures.  Securely store your gear and keep essentials close at hand.

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Make life simple. Easy to pack, versatile and suitable for multiple days in various climates and environments. Be active or hang out; these pieces are ready for anything.

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Functional and technical, these designs make the transition from outdoor to urban simple and comfortable. Packable and verstaile with built-in ergonomic comfort.

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TRAVEL PACKS + LUGGAGE

Functional and lightweight: these are key considerations when selecting packs for outdoor or urban adventures.  Securely store your gear and keep essentials close at hand.

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Guide Picks

Professional guides put their gear through punishing conditions and rely on top performance. Their insights on what they use, where and why.

Lilla Molnar

Lilla Molnar

Location
Canmore, AB

Guide Speciality
Ski touring, alpine climbing, rock climbing, ice climbing

Associations
ACMG/IFMGA

I have loved this light weight simple layer... It cuts the wind and protects you from light precipitation. If I choose not to wear it I don't even notice I'm carrying clipped to my harness."

MARC PICHÉ

MARC PICHÉ

Location
Canmore, AB

Guide Speciality
Ski touring, alpine rock, guide training

Associations
ACMG/IFMGA

This has become my favourite, year-round softshell top. I wear it to protect against wind and cold as well as sun and heat... it finds a great balance between wind resistance and breathability."

SÉBASTIEN ROUGEGRÉ

SÉBASTIEN ROUGEGRÉ

Location
Chamonix, France

Guide Speciality
Expedition, mountaineering, alpine climbing, ice climbing, ski touring

Associations
SNGM/IFMGA

From years of carrying backpacks in the mountains, this is for me the most ultimate pack ever! It is so slick and neat and most of all light! When you climb in the Alps or in Himalayas it's important to travel with the lightest gear."

ISABELLE SANTOIRE

ISABELLE SANTOIRE

Location
Chamonix, France

Guide Speciality
Ski touring, alpine climbing, rock climbing, ice climbing

Associations
IFMGA

A piece that does it all... It's light, compact and stylish. Perfect for mountain use / climbing as well as city wear!"

PAUL MAIR

PAUL MAIR

Location
Oberhofen, Austria

Guide Speciality
Guide training, avalanche training, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing

Associations
IFMGA

The FL is very lightweight and packable, so most of the time ski touring you know it is in your backpack but you don't notice it... if weather turns bad you are very well protected."

ROSS BERG

ROSS BERG

Location
Whistler, BC

Guide Speciality
Ski touring, alpine climbing, rock climbing

Associations
ACMG/IFMGA

This piece is my mountain seatbelt, I hope I don't need it but it comes with me almost every day in the mountains just incase the weather turns and I need reliable protection from the elements."

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Arc'teryx Favourites

Beta AR Jacket

Most Versatile All-Around Gore-Tex® Hardshell

The Beta AR Jacket is a lightweight and durable outer layer designed to work well for multiple activities. The Beta AR utilizes our Regular Fit, which allows ample room for layering.

Couldn’t be happier with this purchase. This jacket is everything I could ask for in a shell. Have been out in torrential rains and I have stayed dry and comfortable. Sizing is perfect as is freedom of movement. Have work with an insulated mid layer in cold temps and have stayed quite warm"- Rob1414
Arc'teryx customer

Atom LT Hoody

Every Arc’teryx Employee’s Favourite Hoody

The ultimate good for everything insulated hoody. Works great as a stand-alone piece in fair weather and doubles as an efficient layering piece under a shell when it’s cold.

My family loves this jacket. I own one, my husband owns one and my oldest son owns one. It is a great fall to winter and spring to summer jacket. It is well made, very durable and multipurpose."— Nanette
Arc'teryx customer

Squamish Hoody

The Bring Everywhere Windshell

Super light and super packable, the Squamish Hoody packs up in its own pocket and weighs almost nothing. Keep the Squamish in your pack all year long.

Perfect jacket for many activities...The jacket packs into its own pocket to a size of a fist. Blocks out wind and allows breathing too. I like it so much that I own two."— Michael
Arc'teryx customer

Gamma MX Hoody

Favourite Softshell For Mixed Weather

The Gamma MX Hoody is a breathable, wind-resistant, lightly insulated hooded jacket that is great for everything from climbing to hiking in dry and mixed weather (MX).

I've had this wonderful piece of equipment since 2012 and I will never go without it again. My all seasons go to light jacket...Have used this jacket all over the world and I never leave home without it."— EvKel
Arc'teryx customer

Alpha SV Jacket

The Ultimate Storm Fortress

Designed to protect climbers from the worst alpine climbing conditions, 20 years of innovation and design evolution keeps the Alpha SV Jacket as the ultimate storm fortress. Now lighter and stronger than ever.

This piece is the equivalent to my mountain seatbelt, I hope I don't need it but it comes with me almost every day in the mountain just in case the weather turns and I need reliable protection from the elements. Has all the ingredients I need in a technical shell: excellent fit for climbing, breathability, functional hood and pockets that take what I throw at them."— RossB
Arc'teryx customer

Camosun/Patera Parka

Favourite Parkas For City Life

Refined urban style in a pair of warm, wind and waterproof down insulated GORE-TEX® parkas. Full winter weather protection for the city.

Gone are the days of the baggy ugly parkas that dominate Canadian winters. This parka is a beautiful piece of clothing. It has clean, unbroken lines that produce a great silhouette. The jacket is extremely warm, and its shell excels in wet, sloppy weather common in Toronto...I've never received more compliments on a jacket."— Josiah
Arc'teryx customer

Sabre/Sentinel Jacket

Most Popular Big Mountain Ski & Snowboard Jacket

The Sabre and Sentinel are versatile GORE-TEX® skiing and snowboarding jackets with performance features, built in freedom of movement, and a light flannel backer.

Simply the best shell I've ever found in 35 years of skiing and being in the outdoors. Period. Arc'teryx is on a different level."— Coop
Arc'teryx customer

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