Our lightweight travels over many thousands of kilometers, through many varied climatic regions have given us a good sense of how to most effectively layer for comfort in all conditions & range of activity - we have brought you the best system components to choose from.


Thermals FAQ



Q: Why Layer?

A: Layering gives you the ability to select a mix of garments that are appropriate for anticipated weather conditions, your expected activity levels, and your metabolism.

Outdoor temperatures can often change by more than 10 degrees C on a given day, and because your activity level also varies considerably, you need high performing layers and flexibility in your layering system to be comfortable, dry, and perform at your best.

Our especially selected baselayer range gives you the ability to select technical layers and accessories that suit the time of the year, conditions and your activity levels—you can then make small adjustments on the day by adding or removing accessories, closing or opening zips for ventilation, or adding or removing an outer layer to adjust your bodies micro climate as the day and your body cools or warms. Successful layering matches garment weight, fabric technology, & number of layers to the expected conditions & activity level. It also allows for some adjustments so you can be comfortable, dry, and perform at your best as activity & temperature vary.


Q: How important is theBaseLayer?

A: The base layer is your most important layer—this is worn next to your skin & it helps regulate your body temperature and transport moisture away from your body; so you keep you dry and comfortable. Base layer garments use a variety of fabric technologies & follow a progression from light to heavier weight. You select the fabric weight & technology to suit anticipated temperatures, activity level, and your metabolism.

The base layer that is right for you on the day, will fit comfortably, feel comfortable against your skin, manage moisture, and support a comfortable microclimate around the body. For the good part of Spring, Summer, and Autumn, in temperate to warm areas, a sun UV protective Tee,( UPF 25 + rating … meaning only 1/25th of UV rays passed through the fabric when tested) may be all you need on your top half for your activity. Good preparation would of course have another layer like a Fleece Mid-Layer on standby, to put over your base when you cool down, and an appropriate outer protective shell if a change in the weather is imminent.

If you are wanting very light weight travel, lifestyle, & work comfort, it is hard to go past our natural silk, range of fine Womens & Mens tops, long pants, sock liners & glove liners. .

When the conditions get colder, you can of course scale up to a multi layer system with a light-weight base layer or the progressively heavier baselayer, and fleece mid-layer to provide increased base layer insulation as appropriate.


Q: What are the relative benefits of the Base-layer fabric types?


Silk has a luxurious feel next to the skin - it is a natural and renewable insulator, with the highest weight to warmth ratio of any fibre-natural or synthetic.

Micro polyester fabrics dry fast and have good moisture removal properties that are hard to match with any other fabric – natural or man-made. 


Q: Do I need a Mid-Layer?

A: The mid layer will provide you with additional thermal insulation and it should also aid the transportation of moisture from your base layer to your outer layer. Select the mid layer weight & technology accordingly to suit anticipated temperatures, activity level, and your metabolism. This layer may often serve as your outer layer when your activity level and weather conditions suit a simple two layer system. In mild conditions & the warmest part of the day, you may find you only need to wear the base layer.

Our versatile Fleece Mid-Layer ½ zip can be worn as a mid layer under your shell in cold or inclement weather as an outer garment over your base layer of choice on cool days, and of course it can be used as a warm high performing base layer if needs dictate.


Q: Do I need an Outer-Shell?

A: This is the outer garment you would put on over your baselayer / midlayer for barrier protection from the effects of wind or cold air movement, rain, water spray, or snow. This layer may add significant thermal insulation, and it should aid transportation of generated moisture to the outside air. As you warm up and conditions improve you have the choice of removing this layer or your mid layer where appropriate to suit your needs.


Q: How do I choose the best layering system for me?

A: We have a lightweight, and some midweight baselayer options to choose from. In general, for more activity & freedom of movement, you will want the light-weight micropolyester base-layer, or the mid-weight micropolyester base layer. In general for less activity, the polypro will work well. Our mid-layer will work well with all these options.


Q: What Payment options do I have with Paypal?

A: You can make secure payment using your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express Credit Card as a Paypal guest - just add your item to thecart, go to the cart, checkout from the cart, select the 'dont have a paypal account' link, & make payment on the secure form. If you you already have a Paypal account, you can choose your preferred secure payment method accordingly.


Q: How long will it take to receive my order?

A: We will usually dispatch the next business day following payment. Product will ship from our Wellington facility. If there is likely to be any delay we will contact you. New Zealand delivery will usually be made within 1-2 working days of dispatch.


Q: Where do you ship to and how much will I pay for shipping?

A: Our shipping is set up for New Zealand wide delivery only. Tracked shipping charges for NZ are as follows:


Flat rate $8.50 shipping charge for any order size.


Q: Can I have a few days to view then 'no questions asked'return a purchase?

A: Yes you can - provided it is returned within a week of receipt, unused, and in new, as packaged condition, we will provide a credit for the goods, or provide an alternative from our range to your preference. Please do let us know in advance of sending if you wish to make a return or exchange, so we can prepare accordingly.













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