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Hello, I am a avid hiker who once used to go backpacking about 10 years ago and gearing up to jump back into it. It seems the gear has become a lot more diverse then it was, or maybe I just wasn't in the "know". But, I was hoping someone could look over my layering system and see if it's adequate, over kill, or just plain not going to work.
The destination is the Guadalupe Mountains, the highest elevation in West Texas, a little over 8k. I've backpacked through here a few times, only once in our version of winter. The temps are around high 40's in the day and low 20's to high teens at night. Usually a bit of snow on the ground, some mist, but usually dry with moderate wind. I'm going back in late January, and I expect the weather to be more or less the same.
My first time there, my layers were a basic long lightweight synthetic base, fleece vest, and rain/wind jacket. Lightweight synthetic base bottoms, convertible pants, and insulated pants just in case of snow. I remember being a little bit colder then I wanted to be, but nothing terrible. This time around I'd like to be more comfortable and after a bit of research I've came up with the following:
Base: Arc'teryx Phase SL Crew Top
Mid: Montane Prism Insulated Jacket
Shell: Outdoor Research Mithrilite Softshell Jacket
Base: Marmot Lightweight Bottom
Mid/Shell: Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Convertible Pant
To me the insulated jacket + the soft shell seems overkill. But, everywhere I've been reading is saying that insulated jackets are better than fleece as your mid-layer. I understand while I'm moving, all I will need is my base and insulated jacket. And while stopped I might want to toss on the soft shell. So, I'm hoping to gather some insight before pressing the buy button.