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Let me know if you think this layering will suffice for the cold start of my thru-hike, which will begin March 13th. (or do I need more?)
- Patagonia Capilene 2 long sleeve baselayer.
- North Face TKA 100 1/4 zip fleece.
- Backpackinglight Cocoon UL 60 Vest
- North Face Venture Rain Jacket
I believe that it is as much about managing what you have and when you put it on as what you have in your bag. If you wear all your gear and get it soaked with sweat you will be cold. In my last hike in 20's during the day and lows teens at night I found a merino wool undershirt and long sleeve hiking shirt were plenty during the day while walking. At night or when stopped a fleece went on and then soft winter shell at night. You need to know if you are a cold or a warm person. Remember damp is not your friend.
Is your list for hiking, for camp, or is this the entire list of clothing you plan to bring?
It's going to be too much for actual hiking unless the weather is unusually cold (and even then I try to avoid wearing my insulation layer when actually hiking -- I need it to be dry when I stop.) For me, your list would not be enough in camp. The 1/4 zip microfleece makes a nice camp base layer, but I would want an insulated jacket instead of a vest.
Hat? Gloves? Base layer for your lower body? Rain or shell pants?
Looks like the right set up to me, as long as you manage wearing it properly as already noted in previous replies.
I'm starting March 9th for my thru, and close to the same set up.
That's pretty much exactly what I bring, except my vest is warmer down, but I also acknowledge it's cutting it close. As mentioned above, there's no leeway for making a mistake, like hiking while wearing your insulation and getting it wet. And you won't be sitting around outside on cold nights. You'll be in your bag, and there's nothing wrong with that. You haven't mentioned your sleeping bag. Hopefully you have an excellent 20F or lower down bag. I carried a 15, and definitely needed it, in April.
You'll figure out if it works for you. Keep an eye on the forecast and if low teens and snow are predicted, be careful.
I was mostly referring to my upper body insulation.
For my lower body I have a base layer, and convertible pants, not sure if i want rain pants or not.
I figured what I listed was too much for hiking, but I was not sure about camp, whether I should pick up another insulated jacket.
i'd suggest putting all of that stuff on and going outside now, in the winter, and seeing how low you can comfortably stay sitting or doing mundane choirs as you would around camp. you'll want to be good into the teens imo
I personally don't wear any insulation when I'm hiking, even at night when temps are below freezing. As long as all my skin is covered, I can stay warm enough, even too warm. My insulating layers are planned for long breaks, setting up and breaking down camp, and especially for zero & nero days.
I think you may be okay to mid-20's as long as you have at least something comparable to fleece underwear, mittens and head protection. Just make sure you plan to keep breaks short and don't take zeros or neros on cold days.