Base Layers are an essential part of your outdoor clothing, especially in severe cold weather conditions.
A good quality base layer will not only help to keep you warm, but will wick moisture away from the skin passing it through to the outer layers to evaporate. This adds to the thermal qualities of the base layer.
Layering your Outdoor Clothing
In cold weather it is important that your outdoor clothing is layered. These layers help to trap the warm air, and so several layers of thin material are much better at keeping you warm than one thick layer.
Another advantage of layering your outdoor clothing is that as you get warmer, you can peel off a layer to help you cool down.
Functional & Warm Base Layers
A quality base layer is the essential start to a good system of layers for keeping warm and dry in the most adverse of conditions.
It is the layer that is closest to the skin and so should be comfortable and high wicking.
Wet or damp clothing is cold clothing.
For anybody who is embarking on a chilly outdoor adventure, base layers should be an integral part of their outdoor clothing.
Snugpak & Helly Hansen Base Layers
There are some superb base layers around, including Lifa base layers from Helly Hansen, and Coolmax base layers from Snugpak.
Whatever your outdoor activity - skiing, hunting, shooting, fishing, or just enjoying the great outdoors - start your layered outdoor clothing with a good quality base layer.