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The Importance of Baselayers

We’re all used to layering to stay warm in the Autumn/Winter months, but do we do it properly? It’s a crucial step for outdoor enthusiasts and it all starts with a baselayer. Here are some tips to help you understand the importance of this simple yet vital step.

Next to skin comfort

Baselayers have many technical properties but one thing you will really notice is their next-to-skin comfort. They are purposely skin tight and are often designed with flat lock seams to keep them in place preventing unwanted chafing, so no matter what the activity you will able to move with complete ease and comfort.

Traps in warmth

The next-to-skin design successfully traps in your body heat to keep you nice and warm without making you sweaty. With a thermal base, mid and outer layer you’re bound to feel completely snug even when your tackling the harshest of weathers.

Breathable

Baselayers do not stop you from sweating, but they do prevent the sweat from sticking around like a bad smell. They are constructed with wicking properties to transfer moisture away from your body. They do this by releasing the excess sweat into the fibres of the baselayer which is then evaporated keeping you dry and moisture free. As well as keeping you warm, this property makes a baselayer perfect for wearing on its own in the warmer months to keep you cool, particularly those that are designed with an added SPF factor for that extra protection. How good is that!

There are two main fabrics which baselayers are made with, both having their own pros and cons: merino wool and synthetic fabric.

Merino wool

This natural fabric is known for its soft to touch comfort leaving you feeling, not just warm, but snug like you’re wrapped up in a cosy blanket. Merino wool offers natural odour resistant properties to keep you feeling fresh even when you’re taking part in strenuous activity. The only downside is that its wicking performance is less effective than synthetic fabric.

Synthetic fabric

This option is more lightweight and will dry much quicker than merino wool making the wicking performance more advanced. Although the odour resistance performance is less effective than it is in wool.

Top tip - Avoid cotton! It soaks up sweat and water leaving you feeling uncomfortable.

On those cold winter days you will really notice a difference if you start the layering process with a good baselayer, so why not have a look at what we have to offer.

 

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