by Joe Ryan | December 21, 2017
Winter is the perfect time to perfect the art of layering. True, you can splurge on a big, heavy parka. But for many commuters, hopping through bouts of frigid weather on their way to the car or subway stations, a big down coat can often be too much jacket. 

The most comfortable commuters -- those who don't feel like they're trapped in a sauna during the busy morning train commute -- are those who can regulate their temperature. And while that means having a great outer layer, it also means investing in midlayers that'll keep the wearer warm without baking them alive.

Patagonia, for instance, has a great pullover in its R1 Regulator. It's light and stretchy -- with raglan sleeves for maximum maneuverability. Yet it also regulates temperature extremely well, keeping the wearer warm despite its thinness, while also letting the body breathe. The R1 is available through Patagonia's corporate sales division. And for the environmentally- or socially-conscientious, know that Patagonia offers Fair Trade Certified products and also promotes environmentally sound practices across its supply chain.

Arc'teryx also has a number of midlayers available through its corporate sales unit, including the Atom LT jacket, a lightly insulated midlayer designed for mobility, breathability, and with a shell resistant to wind and light precipitation. It has side panels that can dump heat during the days that require more exertion. And like Patagonia's R1, the Arc'teryx Atom LT is highly compactible and can be squeezed down into a small size to accommodate the needs of employees living out of their suitcases.

For fans of The North Face, head over to Premco Associates, which has a tremendous list of apparel that will keep your incentive winners toasty. The women's Agave full zip, for instance, is light, warm, and stylish -- made with stretchy fabric and with raglan sleeves so wearers stay nimble and they run to catch the evening train. It also has a DWR finish, which gives it water repellency during the shoulder season, when it can be worn as an outer layer. 

For men, there's the Canyonwall Vest, which is wind-resistant and warm enough to keep its wearer's core at the perfect temperature for comfort. It's made of a material called WindWall, a wind-resistant fleece. And even when not used as a midlayer, it can be used when traveling, when employees are particularly susceptible to drastic temperature changes. Like the Agave, the Canyonwall Vest also has a DWR finish, so it can be used in the great outdoors.