Cozy Layers

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. 

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  1. Dave,

    Thanks for your kind comments. I know, lot of people probably thought about it before but strangely nothing like this in the market.

    The water bladder in the front also helped to keep the tip from not freezing as no water stays in the tip after sipping. It was great to constantly sip water and munch all the way to the summit of Denali.


  2. Hi Robin,

    Thanks for posting on your blog. We are currently using 3 inch baffles but that design could change slightly depending on how our stress tests on Peak Lenin in Krygyzstan (7000m+) and on Mt. Washington (200mph/300kph+ winds) work.

    We are open to your suggestions, reviews and recommendations.

    Thanks again,

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