Hiking can be a strenuous activity with the hiker walking in difficult areas such as mountainous or other unspoilt scenic areas whilst carrying food, water and other supplies for the trip. Due to the unpredictability of weather, the hiker may be exposed to extreme conditions with minimal shelter apart from their equipment.

As a result, a hiker’s clothing system may be required to provide:

  • Protection from rain or showers
  • Protection from wind to assist in keeping the hiker warm
  • Insulation for cold environments
  • High wicking capabilities to increase the physical comfort of the hiker from perspiration
  • Breathability to allow perspiration moisture to escape from the hiker’s clothing
  • Unhindered movement to minimise physical restriction

These qualities can be achieved using a layering technique consisting of a base layer, mid layer, and outer layer. The hiker would choose their layers based on the level/duration of the hike and the weather forecast.

The base layer (often a thin thermal type garment close to the skin) provides high moisture wicking ability to remove perspiration from the hiker, and a level of insulation to the hiker.

The mid layer (usually a thicker “jumper/pullover” type of garment) provides insulation for cold environments.

The outer layer (usually a relatively lightweight shell type garment) provides wind and rain protection, and high breathability. This provides the hiker with a high level of protection from the elements whilst maintaining their comfort as they hike.

Each layer needs to be designed to allow the hiker unrestricted access for difficult terrain environments encountered while hiking.

Graceful has successfully designed, developed, and manufactured layered hiking apparel for clients in Australia and the USA.

To find out how we can help with your next technical outdoor apparel product line, please contact us and we will work with you to design and offer the best solution for your individual business requirement.