Which Layers Work Best?
What is the Three Layer System?
more yachtsmen and women are benefiting from the Musto 3-Layer
System. Whilst the concept behind it is simple, the fabric
technology makes use of the most efficient materials available.
how it works:
transmits heat 30 times faster than air. This means that wet skin
gets cold 30 times quicker than dry skin. So, to keep warm in the
worst conditions, the first goal is to stay as dry as possible. To
achieve this, your clothing must transport body moisture away from
the skin, retain warm air close to the body and keep water out.
exactly what Musto’s 3-Layer System does – in three
lightweight, non-restrictive layers: the Base Layer, the Middle Layer
and the Outer Layer.
The Base Layer
2 - The
The Outer Layer
Musto, which started the revolution in 1981, now offers comprehensive guidance on how to build and balance your 3-layer system.
fact that waterproof sailing kit is breathable means that you must take
on board that the underlayers worn with it must be compatible in terms
And breathables vary – from the outstanding
performance of Ocean Technology fabrics from W L Gore which are totally
waterproof yet, with an ePTFE liner, provide the utmost in
breathability, irrespective of humidity, temperature or windchill and,
most important, your sweat-producing work rate.
when Musto first introduced the HPX waterproof/breathable range of foul
weather clothing, the company has established MPX, also based on Gore
mid and base layers worn with these Jackets, Smocks and Trousers should
be selected with the same amount of care and understanding of fitness
for purpose as the top layers, which protect against the weather.
Indeed, more discomfort can be caused by perspiration than spray or
driving rain. Greater level of exercise causes body temperature and
levels of sweating to rise. With the right clothing combination, it
can be vented straight through the clothing system, assisted by the
positive pressure created by the body’s heat.
Match the breathability
facilitate the expelling of perspiration, it must be lifted off the
skin by wicking and converted into a vapour which is then transported
by the middle layers to the atmosphere beyond the outer, breathable,
Having layers which are incompatible in terms
of breathability will lead to the 3-layer system being defeated and
sweat being retained close to the body or between the layers.