After almost getting frostbite on a climb of Aconcagua, Swamy Karnam knew there had to be a better layering system for use in cold environments that would give you easy access to inner layers for keeping your hands, camera, or water from freezing. The resulting Cozy Layers Passage System consists of four layers of upper-body apparel (base layer, fleece, down jacket, and shell) that work seamlessly together.
Using advanced technical fabrics such as Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft, along with Schoeller c_change and Nanosphere, each of the outer layers features a zippered passage inside the hand pockets that allow easy access to the inner base layer. The merino wool base layer features two large elastic pockets where you can store hydration bladders, food, electronics, or an extra pair of gloves, keeping those items warm against your body that would otherwise freeze during cold weather adventures.
Each layer can either be worn on its own or as a complete layering system. A transparent pocket in the outer shell layer is perfect for storing your watch, GPS, or phone in a place you easily check without having to open pockets or remove your backpack.
After showing off some prototypes at SIA in Denver last winter, Cozy teamed up with Werx Designs to build the full tech packet for the Cozy Layers Passage System. Werx creates gear for many top brands, including Eddie Bauer's First Ascent series.
With a lofty goal of raising $50K on Kickstarter, you can get your hands on the entire layering system for $700. Individual pieces are available as well for $100-$275. Estimated delivery is January 2014.