The Multi-Use Benefits Of Base Layers
Seasonal change and cold weather are upon us, and to some, this means heading on multi-day adventures, searching for that first sprinkling of mountain snowfall. For others, it means beautiful frosty morning walks with the dog. Whatever activity this seasonal change brings for you, it's best to feel your most comfortable and warm doing it.
So, now is the time to invest in versatile clothing that will keep you feeling snug and smug during those work-from-home days or your usual outdoor activity schedule.
Investing in top quality clothing that you can use in different circumstances will not only save you cash, but it will also last you for many years to come.
What's A Base Layer?
Base layers are an essential part of a winter outfit because they act as a second skin ensuring the insulating layer (the mid-layer) and outer shell can function properly. Thermals prevent cold from getting inside and stop body heat from dissipating by protecting you from windchill and keeping your blood flowing. Not only that, but they also help keep the surface of your skin dry and reduce friction and chafing, all in the name of comfort, enjoyment and performance.
Base Layer For Camping
Camping and a good set of thermal layers go hand-in-hand. And, cold weather camping can offer magical lighting or a chance to see more day time wildlife. So, in order to make the most of it, enhance your warmth and prepare for weather adaptability by treating yourself to a fail-safe camping outfit that will ensure comfort in all seasons. For an experienced camper, staying warm is not always the issue – it’s staying dry. So, prepare your must-have kit list by choosing the appropriate base layer to regulate your body temperature. Don’t let the fluctuating temperatures get in your way, and cherish those multi-day treks or impromptu camps under the stars.
Choosing A Base Layer
Most of our base layers will provide you with their top benefits for comfort at home and on the mountain. However, the materials used in constructing base layers are integral to several factors, including the intended activity, climate, duration and intensity. So, to help you choose the best base layer, we've highlighted our experts’ innovative selection of Merino wool, synthetic and hybrid pieces so you can pick the perfect thermal to suit your winter.
We prioritise quality kit that's fit for purpose and built to last, and prefer to stock brands who share our values. Below are a selection of products selected with performance, durability and the planet in mind.
A Merino Wool base layer is an excellent choice for low-paced, cold-weather activities and keeping you cosy at home. They are your go-to for exceptional breathability and irresistible softness against your skin. Additionally, Merino is naturally anti-bacterial, which will resist odours leaving you feeling fresh for multiple wears.
Make these layers an essential addition to your multi-day trip kit-list when washing facilities are far and few. A perfect investment for a versatile wardrobe, these layers are ideal for cold days on the trails and tucked up at home with a cuppa.
Being a more cost effective solution, manufactured fibres are fantastic for high-paced activities where you're likely to get sweaty or as a stand-alone layer for in-between seasons. Our low-friction and quick-drying range of synthetic base layers provide excellent next-to-skin thermal insulation for multi-day trekking and hill walking or for those chilly days at home sorting out the house.
These hardwearing but soft layers stop your skin from getting sticky with sweat by evaporating water droplets quickly to prevent wetness. So, make sure to add extra warmth to your kit list with these ideal all-rounders.
A hybrid base layer is made from diverse and adaptable materials that make an ideal thermal addition to your layering set-up. They’re designed to insulate and breathe during cold, high-output days up in the mountains or along the running trails.
By combining synthetic fabrics with fleece or wool, these base layers help regulate your temperature during high technical exertion, running in cold conditions or when getting cosy in front of a film with the family.
Top Tips From Janie Ramsay
Layering is a great way to keep ourselves warm whether we're out exploring or at home and isn't just limited to base layers. Here, Jamie Ramsay shares his top tips on using all his layers to keep him warm at home when the weather turns cooler.
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