Often when casual or brand-new fans of the techwear style see pictures of those who are deeply enveloped in this fashion, they wonder why there are so many layers involved in the techwear fit. Especially when it comes to the top layers that most are wearing. Jackets, shirts, and a performance layer are often used in uniformity.
Apart from looking great, most techwear is put together to maximize the capabilities of an entire outfit. Most techwear fits are based on a three-layer technique that is incorporated to complete a look.
Base layer shirt
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Often, an elongated shirt is used to start the three-layer techwear fit. Breathable fabric is a must in this situation, as the shirt is usually lightweight and functions in a way to keep the wearer dry.
Let’s push forward the science fiction aspect of techwear and use an analogy of your body as a base. The bottom layer shirt acts as the rendezvous point for the entire base, the first line of defense, if you will. Should the wearer want to start to protect the body or base, they start with the first layer of defense, which is the base layer shirt.
The base layer of any techwear fit often contains its own insulation or body temperature regulation property, such as the HEATTECH function. HEATTECH functions to absorb body moisture, converting it into heat, or to keep temperature down by expelling warmth to keep the wearer nice and chilled.
Insulated performance layer
Uniden 137 Insulation Jacket Military Green
The secondary insulated performance layer would be the secondary defenses for the base. It could be seen as the weaponry systems that keep enemy fire(heat) or the cold away. The insulation that is placed below the outer shell helps to keep the wearer warm in cold situations. That same insulation helps to regulate body temperature as well, allowing for moisture to escape in an event of warmer climates.
Insulation is all about the body temperature regulation function, so insulation is important when wanting to act as a secondary system to continue keeping the wearer comfortable.
Uniden 141 All Conditions Jacket
Some say that the outer shell is the most important aspect of a techwear fit. To drive home the body base analogy, let’s compare the outer shell to a force field protecting the base (your body). The final layer is the third most layer, but acts as the first in terms of protection, just like a force field. That is due to most outer shell techwear jackets coming standard with some powerful waterproof technology like GORE-TEX or using a variation of water repellent fabric coupled with a DWR treatment to offer the wearer near impervious water repellency.
The outer shell of a techwear fit is meant to protect those from even the most intense weather situations, like hard rainfall, while also remaining completely breathable. Sweat escapes while rain cannot penetrate.
This is the three-layer of protection that exits in the techwear scope. Even though the analogy of your body as a base was used, let’s not forget that these layers form a symbiotic relationship to create fantastic body temperature regulation, but the biggest idea is to also look sleek and well put together with these three layers. One does not exist without the other in terms of a complete techwear fit. The great thing is that these layers can all be altered and customized based on the personal preference and the environmental conditions.
Function and customization allow for all techwear fits to be changed. That’s the beauty of it all. The outer shell jacket isn’t the main aspect for warmth, but it works together with the performance layer to maximize warmth by not allowing moisture to get in. However, if one wanted to ditch the insulated layer for a base layer and outer shell, they absolutely could. They would even stay dry as a result of that alteration.