by Joe Henry | October 01, 2018
The temperature is dipping and the winds are picking up. It's time to start adding more layers to stay protected from the cooler weather kicking in. 

This is where companies like Icebreaker, the North Face, and Patagonia really show why they are among the best at what they do. 

Icebreaker, which was recently acquired and is now part of the same corporate parent as The North Face, still retains its laudable ethos around sustainability. And it's gearing up for the coming fall and winter with some fantastic items that'll keep work commuters toasty warm in the face of an onrush of cold weather.

The Helix line -- which includes a vest, zip and a hoodie -- are fantastic outer layers. They're all lightweight and easily packable, yet they do a great job keeping your body heat in and the wind and cold out.

Each item has quilted construction around the core to ensure warmth and longer hems for added coverage. The men's version has a pocket on the outside front and the women's version has an interior security pocket. They have 100 percent merino wool linings and are packed with Icebreaker's patented MerinoLOFT insulation, designed to be ultra-light and ultra-warm.

The Helix line can be had through Icebreaker's corporate sales unit.

Another option is the North Face's ThermoBall line, which includes a jacket and a vest. It can be used as an outer layer for brisk Autumn days or, if you're braving real winter winds, use it as a midlayer beneath your parka.

But one of the real beauties of the ThermoBall products is how packable they are -- each item can be stuffed into its own hand pocket. It's one of those items that you can carry without even knowing you're carrying it, but if the weather takes a sudden and nasty turn, you can whip it out of your purse or satchel, unfurl it, and presto, instant protection.

Packed with PrimoLoft synthetic down, it traps heat like real down, but works even when wet.

The ThermoBall and other North Face products, can be found through their corporate reseller Premco Associates.

Finally, there's Patagonia. Like Icebreaker, Patagonia is big into sustainability. And its apparel has become increasingly popular as a corporate wardrobe. Patagonia's vests, layered over collared button-downs, are near ubiquitous among the yuppie class. And for good reason -- they're sharp-looking and ridiculously well-made. Check out the Nano-Puff jackets and vests. Light, warm, and windproof, they're stuffed with PrimaLoft and have a recycled polyester shell perfect for keeping the wearer dry as well.