Measurements refer to body size not garment dimensions.
Chest: Take measurement around the fullest part of the chest, just under your arms and across the shoulder blades.
Sleeve: With arm relaxed at your side and slightly bent, measure from centre back of neck, across shoulder, to your elbow and down to your wrist.
Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your waist (natural waistline).
Hip: Standing with feet hip width apart, measure around the widest part of the hips.
Next to Skin Fit: Designed to be worn next to skin. Body hugging fit for thermal and moisture management.
Active Fit: Trim fitting garments, ideal for active pursuits. Designed to fit over a base layer as required.
Regular Fit: A classic comfortable cut. Designed to fit over base and mid layers without restricting movement.
Relaxed Fit: A generous and relaxed fit. Cut loose enough for layering.
Using a combination of different layers is the best system for staying dry and keeping warm in winter, or comfortable in summer. Below is a simple guide to the different layers and garment types that can build a great layering system for a wide range of adventures.
Base layers and Next to Skin: This is your first layer and it should be a layer that wicks moisture away from the skin and drys quickly. Polartec Power Dry® garments are the perfect first layer, keeping you dry and comfortable in a wide range of conditions. We do not recommend merino as a base layer as it will absorb up to 30% of its weight in sweat, will become heavy and is very slow to dry.
Fleece & mid layers: A perfect second layer should be a warm, mid weight fleece garment or similar. Something with good stretch and moisture management is ideal.
Insulation layers: In colder conditions and for snow and alpine sports, a warm insulation layer is a great idea. Depending on conditions and how much you feel the cold, consider another fleece layer or a synthetic or down insulated garment. Garments in this category may have a hood, and also be wind & water resistant to delay the need to put on your shell jacket in cold windy conditions. When purchasing insulation layers ensure the sizing and fit allows for a base layer and lightweight mid layer underneath.
Shell Jackets: This waterproof, windproof and breathable layer is your essential piece of gear. It will keep you dry when the heavens open up, or shield you from blizzards in alpine winter conditions. Wear it over a single layer in mild weather or layer up in extreme cold, this garment should always find a place in your backpack. When choosing a shell jacket for bushwalking, trekking, ski or alpine climbing always ensure the fit and sizing allows for a base layer and some mid layers underneath, this way you can use it on adventures all year round.
Insulated Shell & Belay Jackets: If you're heading to Antarctica or have an alpine climb in mind, then it is common to have a very warm insulated outer layer. You can wear it at a high camp or over your shell jacket and other layers whilst on a frigid belay or an unexpected bivy. This is a specialist piece of gear for those who feel the cold or are heading to the high mountains. Ensure the fit allows for multiple layers to be worn underneath.
The Mont Guide Hoodie for Men is a lightweight, bulk-free insulating layer perfect for cold/wet conditions. Primaloft® Gold 60 synthetic insulation is highly breathable, absorbs less than 1% moisture and is extremely compact.
The Guide Hoodie is made with the same advanced Hydronaute XT™ membrane as our top-end expedition down jackets. By using Hydronaute XT, a waterproof rip-stop fabric, the Guide Hoodie has much greater protection from precipitation. In temporary, light precipitation the Guide Hoodie will function effectively as an outer layer. Hydronaute XT fabric, as well as being waterproof, is 100% windproof.
Hydronaute XT fabric is far more than just breathable: by actively removing perspiration while keeping out exterior moisture, Hydronaute XT enhances the performance of the Primaloft Gold by keeping it dryer. In cold, wet and windy conditions, Hydronaute XT and Primaloft Gold are the perfect combination to keep you warmer, dryer and more comfortable.
The double-ended YKK locking zip on the Guide Hoodie does not slip and can be easily operated with just one hand. By using a double ended zipper the bottom can be opened up for ventilation and to increase functionality, particularly when climbing or belaying.
An insulated and adjustable hood with elasticised facing, zippered hand warmer pockets, an internal zippered breast pocket and hem and cuff adjustments complete the Guide Hoodie.
Using advanced monolithic PU membrane technology, Hydronaute XT™ fabric is completely waterproof, totally windproof & highly breathable. Guaranteed to maintain greater warmth & comfort than coated fabrics, Hydronaute XT is the best protection for down sleeping bags & clothing in cold to extreme conditions.
PrimaLoft® Gold is a performance insulation engineered for superior warmth, water resistance, loft, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft® Gold insulation keeps the body warm, dry and comfortable, even in extreme conditions. PrimaLoft Gold absorbs less than 1% of its weight in moisture.
Comfort in the Extreme: Using advanced monolithic PU membrane technology, Hydronaute XT fabric is completely waterproof, totally windproof & highly breathable. Guaranteed to maintain greater warmth & comfort than coated fabrics, Hydronaute XT is the best protection for down sleeping bags & clothing in cold to extreme conditions.
Waterproof to 20,000mm: Keeping down dry is vital for optimal performance; wet down just won't keep you warm. Waterproof Hydronaute XT fabric provides exceptional moisture protection for down clothing & sleeping bags.
Highly Breathable 20,000g/m2/24hrs: If not removed promptly, water vapour from your body will gather on down & reduce its ability to trap warmth. Hydronaute XT fabric expels 20L of water vapour per square metre per 24 hours for drier down, greater loft & maximum warmth.
Warmth Sealed In: With a 100% windproof rating, even Arctic blasts will not penetrate Hydronaute XT fabric, keeping warm air trapped inside.