Seven lightweight hiking layers for your Hong Kong winter walks

Whether you’re on the Dragon’s Back or making an assault on Lantau Peak, lightweight layers are the best way to stay warm. PLUS see our interactive guide to nearly 80 Hong Kong hikes for all abilities

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 January, 2017, 7:02am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 January, 2017, 7:02am

Royal Robbins Go Everywhere Merino Crew

Merino wool from New Zealand sheep is a firm favourite of hikers as the main fabric in base layers. This versatile long-sleeved crew neck for women (HK$520) uses a 32 per cent merino wool blend to keep you warm under a jacket, and it also wicks away sweat. Find it at overlander.com.hk

Haglofs Pile Hood

A classic hoody design using ultra-warm Polartec fabric, this warm layer for men (HK$1,559) has elasticated sleeves and wind flaps behind the front zipper to stop cold air getting in. There’s also a handy chest pocket accessed from the outside. Available at protrek.com.hk.

The North Face Torpedo Stretch Pant

Designed for all-season use but great in the cold, these versatile hiking pants (HK$590) have elastane in the fabric and an elastic waist for comfort. The two zipped hand pockets help keep valuables safe. Available at Asia Pacific Adventure, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, tel: 3153 4091.

Black Diamond LightWeight ScreenTap gloves

Keeping your hands warm in the cold and wind is wise, but what about taking photos or using map apps on your smartphone? Stay protected while also being touchscreen-ready with these special ‘screen tap’ gloves (HK$249), which have silver threaded into the index fingers. Available at: protrek.com.hk.

Icebreaker Quantum Plus

This long-sleeved hoody for women (HK$2,017) is made from mid-weight merino, making it good for chilly weather. Made from 98 per cent merino wool and 2 per cent Lycra for a bit of stretch, its slim fit and thumb loops help keep your warm. Available at Action X Store, 28 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, tel: 3102 2977.

Marmot ThermalClime Pro LS Crew

It’s winter, and that means thermal underwear. This sporty technical baselayer for men from Marmot (HK$580) uses a mix of ultra-warm Polartec fabric and recycled polyester. Available in black or grey. Get it from roundtheworld.hk

Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody

Headwear is always a good idea for when the wind gets up, and this lightweight hybrid hoody for women (HK$2,300) is all about having a warm layer when you need it most. Coreloft insulation and stretchable fabric make it a comfortable fit, and it’s lightweight enough to carry in a small backpack. Sold by overlander.com.hk.