The "Jon Moake Outdoor Clothing System" or JMOCS
|Summer tramping at its best, t-shirt and shorts weather|
I wont go deeply into comparisons of natural vs synthetic material, discuss layering theory or spend a lot of time comparing brands etc. There are multiple websites which explain all of this. What I am discussing here is the particular gear I use when tramping, commonly called a "clothing system".
What is a clothing system?
- material choice
We are looking for the maximum coverage of all the potential conditions we might face while carrying the least amount of weight. This set of gear does that for me.
|All my tramping clothing laid out|
|Trampinggear for warm weather tops/shorts|
|All synthetic base layers|
|I needed that sun hat, 30 Celcius... Kowai River Valley in December!!!|
I carry two tops: one for tramping and the other for wearing at night, that way I don't have to sleep in wet clothes.
Thermal base layers
|Merino/synthetic thermal gear|
|My thermal gear for tramping laid out|
|Wearing merino up a snowy Howden Valley|
|Wearing my fleece on top of a windy spur Banks Peninsula|
If it is very cold I will pair these with my long-johns, wet weather pants or wrap my sleeping bag around me.
If I am on a day tramp and it is hot and sunny I will often leave the over-trousers behind, otherwise I carry all three items on all my tramping trips.
|Tramping shell gear|
|Wet weather gear aka "the Outer Shell"|
|Windy conditions on the Lewis Pass Tops, 2015|
|In the rain but still walking, Summit Walkway 2016|
I imagine as I grow older this shift will become more appealing to me.
|Tramping boots and socks|
|Medium weight and lightweight socks|
|Boots and gaiters on the Lewis Pass tops|
I use both light and medium weight socks. I am currently using Lorpen socks, the T3 Lite Hiker is a light hot weather sock while the Merino Lite Hiker is a warmer medium weight sock. Both work well with my current boots and are made from a blend of synthetic materials and merino wool.
Here is a link to an article by Andrew Skurka (a well known American outdoor personality) about this kind of layering which he calls the Core 13. This is aimed at the US but the basic tenents are applicable right around the world.
Some examples of how the system would be used
|The entire Jon Moake outdoor clothing system laid out|
|Warm, dry weather layers|
|Thermal leggings added for total body coverage|
|Cold, dry weather layering system|
Wet, cold body draws away heat and can lead to hypothermia so minimising perspiration is important.
|Very cold, dry weather layering system|
|Clothing layering for cold wet conditions|
The actual Jon Moake outdoor clothing system or A-JMOCS
|Clothing worn 90% of the time: shorts, tee shirt and boots...|
|My summer tramping attire atop Mt Richardson...|
|...and on top of Mt Herbert, summer of 2014|
|On the Queen Charlotte Track in 2016...|
Otherwise it is simply ballast in my pack.