I’m with Bob. I have a cotton anorak that only gets worn in the coldest, windiest of days. I wear it over a Lester River Boreal wool hoodie. If it’s not cold enough for the anorak, I wear the Lester river or wool shirt only. I haven’t even had the chance to wear the cotton anorak this year in PA. There’s a lot of elevation gain and woods here in the mountains so once I get moving with a pack on my internal boiler goes to high fire.
Size wise my cotton anorak is huge. It will fit over any layer I want to wear. Two Chessies could sleep inside the torso while camping probably.
I have a Fjallraven wind anorak. Most of the time I wear it in camp with my base layer, either a Terramar merino wool top or a 32 Heat top (both long sleeve). Sometimes, when it is colder, I wear a Patagonia fleece sweater or vest as an additional layer.
Always wear different weights of a long sleeve wicking shirt. Sometimes lightweight, sometimes medium and sometimes expedition weight. With the exception of the lightweights all are zip t necks. Often times a combination. Gets colder a fleece vest.
Depends on the time of year, the activity I'm intending to do and what the temperature is when I start out. When I'm xc skiing or snowshoeing I will usually wear a light long underwear top, a light wool shirt and then the anorak. If it's a bit cooler I'll probably add a wool vest and adjust layers as I go. Hope that helps.
That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.
Well I just got back from an experimental run. Temp was 7-12*f. I wore a medium weight merino wool base, and a light merino wool sweater (not as thick as my standard crew sweater), and wool pants. I was ok just standing around taking in the scenery, but got pretty hot when moving. Think I'll leave the sweater off and carry it in my pack. I had no idea that anorak would be that warm.
Just an update a year later, with plenty of use under my belt. The anorak is a great outer garment up to 20* F. An expedition weight merino base is plenty when active above 15* (no mid-layer). I carry a heavy wool sweater in my pack for emergency comfort. I've used the anorak below 0 and I'm fine with the addition of the wool sweater and a down vest. Definitely takes some experimentation, although I stopped short of creating a spreadsheet.