Guide to Baselayers
Thinking about buying a baselayer? Don't know which one to buy? Keep reading.
With a baselayer you can stay comfortable when in the mountains (or anywhere outdoors for that matter). Baselayer sits right next to your skin and may help remove the sweat away from your skin.
Before you buy a baselayer there are a few choices you need to consider:
- Merino Wool
Merino Wool is a great natural baselayer. It is warm, breathable and lightweight. Fibres of Merino wool are lighter than other sheep wool. Merino is also very comfortable to wear and it stretches easily. It deters bacteria (it's antimicrobial) and it helps deter odour.
Note: I've used Merino baselayer before (I spent quite a fortune on that when I got recommended a "reputable" brand to buy) and honestly I couldn't tell a difference between this Merino I bought and a synthetic baselayer or a bamboo one.
Synthetic baselayers use fibres which are great. They remove the moisture from your skin and spread it over a large surface area, which accelerates moisture evaporation, which we produce as we sweat. This keeps you dry and keeps your skin comfortable.
Synthetic baselayers are also quick drying and they stretch easily. Many of the synthetic baselayers are also anti-bacterial, which prevent odours.
Synthetic baselayers are also cheaper than baselayers made from natural materials.
Bamboo baselayers are the newest kind of baselayers available. They're still quite new and not that widely available. Usually they're made from a bamboo fibre mixed with cotton or lycra. They're more tight than merino baselayers and they're very good at holding their shape.
Bamboo baselayers are great for people with sensitive skin and bamboo is a very eco-friendly and sustainable material, which dries very quickly.