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I've recently started a university course focusing on outdoor activities such as walking, climbing, kayaking.. basically a mix of hot, cold, wet and dry throughout the year. We can borrow necessary kit such as safety equipment and specialised items (for kayaking etc) but there are some things that are required especially for walking/climbing/general outdoors. I've so far bought a climbing harness, walking boots, a Gore-Tex shell and waterproof over-trousers and I still need some more things. So far it's cost me about £320 for those, including discount on some. Money isn't a massive issue when buying, as long as it's justified, but again, I am a student so I want things that are going to be useful for a range of conditions, and year round so that I won't find myself having to buy new things in 6 months if possible.
It's mainly upper body layering that I don't understand. There seems to be massive price differences between various jackets etc, and a wide range of fancy fabric names used. Several shop assistants haven't been able to recommend much more than 'that's a base layer' etc. Are there certain fabrics to aim for for certain layers? Obviously I have the Gore Tex waterproof shell covered, but what about underneath? I was thinking maybe a soft shell, a microfleece and a cheap baselayer?
I'd like a jacket that I could use casually when I'm not out exploring, which is where the soft shell comes in since you can get some pretty good looking ones, then if it gets cold, I can add the microfleece underneath, then the other two if it gets colder/wet.
Does this sound good? Also, is all softshell material the same? There have been some that I've seen online that look like softshells, but don't say explicitly what they are, only a hint of the fancy material being used.
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the lack of knowledge. I may even follow up with more questions if I don't get shunned for my ignorance ;)