Way back when Nick, Col, Kenny and Jim thought up a name for their company, it was simple. Kit you’d throw in a van to go and have fun in the Alps? That’s Alpkit. Years later, we’re quite a bit bigger (just a smidge!) but we’re still constantly alpine dreaming. Here’s our kit list for a summer’s trip to the Alps.
A basic clothing kit list should consist of your base layer, midlayer and outer shell. Then it's always a good idea to pack accessories and travel essentials - like your hat, gloves and SPF! Don't forget - depending on whether you’re tackling the big mountains with changeable weather or meandering round the valleys, you might need to pack different kit.
The base layer is the clothing you wear next-to-skin. It wicks sweat away, keeping you comfortable and dry. And, depending on what it's designed for, it can keep you warm or cool.
Your midlayer can be a fleece, jumper or insulated jacket. Their main purpose is to keep you warm - not to protect you from the elements. If it's really chilly, you might need more than one!
Last but not least, the all-important shell protects you from the elements (rain, wind, snow). Different waterproofs and winshells are designed for movement in different activities. They're your barrier against the weather.