by Joe Henry | October 24, 2017
As the fall season approaches, it's time to start thinking in terms of layers. Because by the time winter rolls around, you'll want to be sure your employees to be bundled up warm and cozy to the core for their frigid commute. So, strongly consider adding jackets and midlayers from mainstays like The North Face and Patagonia, as well as upstarts like Icebreaker.

The North Face has always been a major player in the incentive markets, and a lot of great deals can be had through Premco Associates. The Bionic 2 jacket (pictured center) is a tried-and-true favorite. Faced with cold snaps and windy weather, this lightweight soft shell keeps you warm and comfortable, and it has a relaxed fit to accommodate your movements, whether that entails rushing to catch the evening train or shoveling snow.

If you're dealing with frigid rain or the dreaded wintry mix, you'll want a garment that can handle wetness -- and that would be The North Face Resolve 2. While it's wise to layer if the temperature goes subzero, this jacket will keep out the wind and precipitation while its breathability will keep you dry and comfortable from the other direction.

If you need more insulation, hop over to REI corporate sales for some eco-conscious Patagonia Nano Puff Jackets (pictured right), which use 55 percent post-consumer recycled content in their insulation. But don't think that hinders performance, as the insulation will seal in the heat even when wet. The elasticized cuffs, drawcords, and storm flaps will also ensure that the inclement weather stays out. This is a great all-around jacket that can be used either as an outer layer or as an extra layer of insulation beneath a parka or bulky greatcoat.

Speaking of great midlayers, Icebreaker is a relative newcomer to the incentive space, but it offers some sleek options made of merino wool. Merino wool is an ideal fabric for high-output activities because it breathes better than cotton and polyester, doesn't retain odors -- so employees wearing it are good to go after sprinting into the office -- and doesn't overheat you if you've added a layer too many.

Two of the most popular jackets in Icebreaker's arsenal are the Helix and the Ellipse (pictured left). Both coats blend merino wool with polyester panels. The Helix is especially versatile -- use it for skiing as well as the office. And the Ellipse works great for milder autumn evenings or as a midlayer to stave off the winter freeze.