SYSTEM BUILDER

The BEYOND® LAYERING SYSTEM

The BEYOND® Layering System is a complete 8-layer technical survival clothing system, designed to optimize human performance in the worst climatic conditions. Purpose-built fabrics provide breathability and fast drying across every layer, protection from the elements, and functionality in climates as low as -70°F.

WHY A GOOD SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT

A system is only as good as its breathability: if it doesn’t breathe, then your moisture has nowhere to go and you’ll be drenched in your own sweat. Weather protection won’t help if you’re already wet, and insulation won’t count for much either if you’re soaked and it’s cold outside.

 

That’s why every one of our layers are designed to be highly breathable. If even one layer doesn’t breathe, your built-up moisture stops there. The Beyond system lifts perspiration out while retaining heat and repelling weather.

THE SYSTEMS

Beyond® currently sells two systems: AXIOS™ and KYROS™. The systems are completely interchangeable, allowing the user to craft a full system by pulling pieces from either.


AXIOS™

AXIOS™ is our flagship system, complete with all 8 layers. Every garment is Berry Compliant, which means everything down to the thread and zippers is made in the USA.


KYROS™

KYROS™ is our new imported system, designed with the same experience gained from outfitting professional expeditionary teams and fully compatible with all AXIOS layers.

UNDERSTANDING OUR LAYER DESIGNATIONS

Our system is built on a foundation of layers. The system builder is designed to show, at a glance, how to build out your layers based on temperature and climate range. Each of our 8 layers has a quick-reference label in the name to show where it sits in a system. Here’s how to read those labels:

L1

L = Layer, our general term in the system builder

A = Layer from our AXIOS System

K = Layer from our KYROS System

1 = Where the layer sits in a system, with 1 being next-to-skin and 8 being outermost

This is a quick reference to a garment’s function and where it sits in the layer stack

L = Layer, our general term in the system builder

A = Layer from our AXIOS System

K = Layer from our KYROS System

L1

1 = Where the layer sits in a system, with 1 being next-to-skin and 8 being outermost

This is a quick reference to a garment’s function and where it sits in the layer stack

EXAMPLES:

L6 = 6th layer of any system (basic reference)

K5 = 5th layer in the KYROS System (K5 - Testa Softshell Jacket)

A3 = 3rd layer in the AXIOS System (A3- Alpha Sweater)


The 8 LAYERS

Click on a layer below to learn more about how it functions in the system.

L1 - BASELAYERS

L1 - BASELAYERS

Baselayers are the foundation of our layering system. An L1 keeps you cool during periods of high output, and they’re the starting point for your system’s moisture transport and heat retention.

L2 - MIDWEIGHT BASELAYERS

L2 - MidWEIGHT BASELAYERS

Our Midweight Baselayers are warmer, slightly heavier alternatives to standard Baselayers, and can be layered over an L1 for extra heat retention without sacrificing breathability.

L3 - ACTIVE INSULATION

L3 - ACTIVE INSULATION

The workhorse layer when it comes to insulation. A midweight performance L3 provides exceptional heat retention while on the move and can also be used as a wind-resistant outer layer depending on the environment.

L4 - WIND PROTECTION

L4 - WIND PROTECTION

The lowest layer in the system designed first and foremost as outerwear. An L4's lightweight packability combines with wind- and water-resistant protection to make it an ideal choice for rapidly changing climates.

L5 - SOFTSHELLS

L5 - SOFTSHELLS

The working layer of your system, an L5 is responsible for the final step of kicking your moisture to the outside. Protection from the elements is balanced against breathability and mobility, making this the go-to protective layer when on the move.

L6 - RAIN PROTECTION

L6 - RAIN PROTECTION

A6 Rain layers offer complete wind and water protection in static environments. These garments have fully taped waterproof seams and are built out of wind and waterproof 3 layer Goretex. Our A6 layers are also extremely packable and abrasion resistant.

L7 - STATIC INSULATION

L7 - STATIC INSULATION

An L7 is a fortress against extreme-cold environments. Durable construction fight off rain and wind, and excellent, fast-drying insulation retains heat even while wet.

L8 - POLAR INSULATION

L8 - POLAR INSULATION

Our absolute toughest protection against the cold, an L8 is designed to retain warmth in climates as low as -70°F. Temperature-regulating insulation and windproof but still breathable micro ripstop make this an ideal layer in both active and static circumstances.


USING THE LAYERS

Here is a break down of all environments and which layers to use in each condition.

Active Use - Refers to when you're on the move (hiking, climbing, skiing, etc).

Static Use - Refers to situations when you are not moving (sitting, resting, eating etc)

Optional/Environment Dependent - Refers to situations where you might be in the temperature range but need more protection from elements such as wind or gusts or if you are more susceptible to the cold.


ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN

Navigate the tabs below to learn more about a specific environment.

EXTREME COLD (-40° - 0° F)

EXTREME COLD

-40° - 0° F

Extreme cold environments are usually dry and sunny. Win resistance and insulation are generally a higher priority than protection from rain. Depending on whether your activity is more static or active, high-loft layers like an L7 may be required.

EXAMPLE KIT

ACTIVE


L2

Midweight Baselayer

L3

Active Insulation

L5

Softshell


STATIC


L7

Static Insulation

COLD DRY (0° - 32° F)

COLD - DRY

0° - 32° F

Cold/Dry environments are usually windier. Wind protection and insulation are key considerations. Also ensure you are using layers that wick moisture away from your skin to keep you warm.

EXAMPLE KIT

ACTIVE


L1

Baselayers

L3

Active Insulation

L5

Softshells


STATIC


L7

Static Insulation

COLD WET (32° - 45° F)

COLD - WET

32° - 45° F

In a Cold/Wet environment, staying dry is the key to warmth. A waterproof shell will protect you from environmental moisture like rain and snow and highly breathable insulating layers will pull excess perspiration away from your body.

EXAMPLE KIT

ACTIVE


L1

Baselayers

L5

Softshells

L6

Rain Protection


STATIC


L3

Active Insulation

TEMPERATE (45° - 75° F)

TEMPERATE

45° - 75° F

In Temperate/Wet Environments, you want to balance breathability and protection from the elements. Our L5 - Softhsell layers will provide plenty of protection from light rain and wind while providing optimal breathability.

EXAMPLE KIT

ACTIVE


L1

Baselayers

L5

Softshells


STATIC


L3

Active Insulation

HOT (ABOVE 75° F)

HOT

ABOVE 75° F

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EXAMPLE KIT

ACTIVE/STATIC

L1

Baselayers

L4

Wind Protection

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