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What to wear

For skiing and snowboarding

Icelandic winters produce some of the most extreme weather on the planet. They also produce avid skiers. To Icelanders, the moment a blizzard passes is a signal to rush to the slopes. But to do that, they must have the right gear.

As any Icelander will tell you, staying warm and dry on the snow is all about layering. The standard layering system consists of three parts: a weatherproof outer layer, an insulating mid-layer, and a comfort-focused base layer.

Effective layering keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable, no matter the conditions. So, ahead of your next snow day, we‘ve put together a guide on how to layer for skiing conditions.


Outer-layers

A layering system is only as effective as its outer layer - and the best outer layers aren’t ski jackets. In fact, you don’t need a “ski jacket” at all. Lightweight, versatile shell jackets make the best barriers, blocking out the wind and snow to protect you from the often unforgiving elements outdoors.

Shell fabrics range from water-resistant synthetics to fully waterproof membrane fabrics, each balancing protection with breathability to provide comfort when the weather turns. Those seeking total protection should look for garments made of Gore-Tex® Pro™ and NeoShell®. These thick and durable outer-layer fabrics ensure that wearers stay warm and dry, even if they end up in the snow.

Shells

Our favourite outer layers

MenWomen
Professional GORE-TEX® Pro™ shell jacket
Hornstrandir
Professional GORE-TEX® Pro™ shell jacket
£500.00
Color
Multipurpose Polartec® NeoShell® jacket
Snæfell
Multipurpose Polartec® NeoShell® jacket
£375.00
Color
 Polartec® NeoShell® pants
Snæfell
Polartec® NeoShell® pants
£275.00
Color
Professional  GORE-TEX® Pro™ shell bib
Hornstrandir
Professional GORE-TEX® Pro™ shell bib
£375.00
Color
Puffy down jacket (Unisex)
Dyngja
Puffy down jacket (Unisex)
£400.00
Color
Multipurpose GORE-TEX® INFINIUM™ jacket
Skaftafell
Multipurpose GORE-TEX® INFINIUM™ jacket
£425.00
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Mid-layers

While the outer layer makes sure you stay warm and dry, the mid-layer is what actually keeps you warm. 

Mid-layers utilize insulation technologies like down, fleece, and synthetic fill to retain warm air around your core. The Ok down jacket and Öxi Power Fill™ jacket combine fleece and stretch fabrics on the sleeves for comfort and flexibility in a variety of colder situations. Standalone fleece jackets such as Hrannar will also provide great insulation in milder temperatures.

Insulation

Our favourite midlayers

Polartec® Highloft hoodie (Unisex)
Mosfell
Polartec® Highloft hoodie (Unisex)
£150.00
Color
 Polartec® Power Fill™ jacket
Öxi
Polartec® Power Fill™ jacket
£225.00
Color
Professional down and fleece collared jacket
Ok
Professional down and fleece collared jacket
£275.00
Color
Polartec® Alpha® high-collared zipneck
Hrannar
Polartec® Alpha® high-collared zipneck
£125.00
Color
Polartec® Power Fill™ jacket
Vatnajökull
Polartec® Power Fill™ jacket
£250.00
Color
Polartec® Power Fill™ vest
Vatnajökull
Polartec® Power Fill™ vest
£200.00
Color

Arnaldur wearing Hornstrandir Gore-Tex Pro jacket with Öxi Primaloft jacket as mid-layer. With a down mid-layer underneath the Gore-Tex shell jacket, this combination is ideal for skiing in dynamic weather conditions. The combination can withstand cold conditions but by having the possibility of losing either the mid- or shell layer, it allows for adjustments during the day.


Base-layers

The base layer is the foundation of the layering system. Yours should be the best. 

Base layers are athletic garments that use soft, ultra-fine fibres to wick moisture away from the body and into the air. This heightens the breathability of the layering system overall, with the added bonus of managing the clammy feeling after hard runs. An essential first dose of warmth, our Básar Merino Wool and Grettir Polartec® Power Dry® base layers work extremely well for temperature regulation no matter what the thermometer reads.

Baselayer

Our favourite base-layers

Merino wool zipneck
Básar
Merino wool zipneck
£95.00
Color
Merino wool tights
Básar
Merino wool tights
£80.00
Color
Polartec® Power Dry® Zip Neck
Grettir
Polartec® Power Dry® Zip Neck
£80.00
Color
Polartec® Power Stretch ® Pro zipneck
Vík
Polartec® Power Stretch ® Pro zipneck
£105.00
Color
Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ tights
Vík
Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro™ tights
£85.00
Color
Polartec® Power Air™ zipneck
Tangi
Polartec® Power Air™ zipneck
£125.00
Color
Polartec® Power Air™ pants (Unisex)
Tangi
Polartec® Power Air™ pants (Unisex)
£105.00
Color

Accessories

A layering system without a good pair of gloves won’t keep you warm for long. Our langjökull winter gloves are Primaloft lined and rain-resistant, giving you comfort in any extremes. 

As for your head, the Básar Merino Wool buff and Dyngja wool blend beanie will allow you to create a nice seal for the heat rising up from your core, and provide a soft wind barrier over your ears.

Finally, when out skiing, the long length Primaloft ski socks will keep your feet insulated and ready to take on any mountain.

Accessories

Our favourite accessories

Merino beanie
Básar
Merino beanie
£25.00
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Merino wool balaclava
Básar
Merino wool balaclava
£40.00
Color
Merino neck gaiter
Básar
Merino neck gaiter
£30.00
Color
Technical balaclava
Glymur
Technical balaclava
£40.00
Color