Snowboarders used to just throw a hoodie on under their jacket before going out riding. Then snowboarders used to overheat, work up a sweat that froze, get very cold and go home. Miserable. Luckily these days there are now a whole range of mid layer options available to help you regulate your temperature on cold days, ensuring you can keep shredding for as long as possible in comfort.

But we're not dumb, we know that as well as performing well snowboarding kit has to look good - you wouldn't want to be wearing something a road cyclist would for after shredding beers - so we've taken styling into account too.

We've got together some of the best mid layer pieces in the business and put them through their paces - just hit the left and right arrows to browse.

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  • Price: £110
  • Material: Merino
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Style: Apres Chillin'
  • Warmth: 5/10
  • WL Rating: 7/10

Although this looks just like a normal sweatshirt, this bad boy is actually made from merino wool which won't pick up smells, meaning you could probably wear it for a whole season before anyone would notice.

It looks damn good to - a nice simple style - so if it gets too warm you could easily ditch the jacket and cruise around the slopes whilst still looking good. Again, Icebreaker have really outdone themselves with this year's range should you wish to check it out.

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  • Price: £62.50
  • Material: Merino
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Style: Ninja Turtle
  • Warmth: 8/10
  • WL Rating: 7/10

Although this might not be the sexiest piece of gear you ever buy, it definitely was the most functional piece we tested. Warm but breathable with merino stink-free powers, it fits quite snug but still allows you to move around freely.

Designed for freezing Scandinavian winters, the best thing about this is the built in hood/balaclava that goes from nothing to neck warmer to full face mask in seconds, leaving no gaps for any cold air or snow to creep in. If you're going somewhere severely cold this winter you should think about bringing along one of these.

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  • Price: £170
  • Material: Synthetic down
  • Fit: Athletic
  • Style: Chamonix Cool
  • Warmth: 8/10
  • WL Rating: 8/10

Lightweight down jackets have been around for years, but this offering from The North Face goes synthetic with Thermoball tech. Clusters of round insulating material trap and retain heat within small air pockets to provide effective insulation that'll even stay warm whilst wet.

It folds up into it's own pocket and packs down pretty tight so you can have it nestled away in your pack whilst hiking up and bust it out at the top to keep you toasty warm on the way down.

It looks pretty sweet too, if Chamonix apres is your style, so don't be afraid to invest for an out-and-about jacket as well. Available in the UK at Blacks.

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  • Price: £335
  • Material: Merino felt
  • Fit: Tailored
  • Style: Saville Row Rad
  • Warmth: 8/10
  • WL Rating: 10/10

The absolute boss of mountain wear, this boiled merino shirt may have a hefty price tag, but considering it'll last for decades it's well worth the investment. Designed by Tignes local Neil McNair and made with traditional techniques in Yorkshire, this is old fashioned quality meeting snowboarding style and functionality head on.

You can wear this as a mid layer on cold days, but it's also snow and water repellent so it is possible to rock it on the piste or even on a pow day, though we'd recommend that you pair it with a thermal with thumbholes and some bibbed pants.

There are a ton of other features that we'll be putting to the test in a full review, coming soon!

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