Our selection of men's base layers here at Gear-Zone is second to none.
We have every main baselayer, from Icebreaker and its superfine Merino wool to Helly Hansen's classic Lifa technology.
Our best-selling Adidas, Nike and Puma base layers and wicking T-shirts are a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.
Base Layers (sometimes referred to as thermals) are the foundation of the layering system, and we believe, the most important layer to get right. You can have the world's most expensive Gore-Tex jacket, but wear a cotton t-shirt underneath and you may as well be wearing a bin-bag for all the benefit you'll feel.
There is a bewildering variety of men's and women's base layers available on the market today, suitable for all activities and weather conditions from Arctic exploration, to running in the Desert (which is why we don't call them the generic 'thermals').
In this guide we'll look over the main types of base layer, and some of the things you may wish to think about when purchasing.
What does a Base Layer do?
Worn next to the skin, a Base Layer is designed to fulfil two main functions.
>> They are designed to remove moisture (sweat!) from your skin to aid your body's natural cooling process, which is called 'wicking'.
>> They are designed to trap air next to the skin to provide insulation (remember, it's your body warming trapped air that keeps you warm, not the fibres themselves.)
In the most basic terms this means that when you're working hard, your base layer is removing sweat from your skin cooling you down, and when you're cool (and therefore not sweating) the trapped air is keeping you warm. The other benefit is that if you've been working hard and then stop for a brew, there's little to no moisture on your skin, which prevents a sudden chill effect...if you've experienced it, it's is rather unpleasant! Read More.