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Base Layer Decisions: All Action Vs Backcountry

Base Layer Decisions: All Action Vs Backcountry

by Fergie Miller October 07, 2019

To complement our Backcountry base layer range, we recently introduced the All Action. Available in three colourways, this dynamic base layer is perhaps the most versatile set of garments you’ll ever own, lending themselves to a wide range of sports and fitness applications. 

But while the Backcountry remains our highest performing base layer, we thought it was time to take a run down of the key details and differences between the All Action and the Backcountry. 

 

Comparing Fabrics

The new All Action base layer is made from a luxury Dri Release fabric that combines hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibres. This poly blend and Tencel fabric significantly improves the way sweat and moisture is drawn away from the skin, which means you stay dry, which increases thermal efficiency. Removing moisture also means less chaffing and irritation from wet fabrics. 

Meanwhile, in the Backcountry collection we developed a Merino-poly fibre blend. Merino was brought in for its incredible thermal properties and its unique moisture wicking properties. Blending this natural material with polyester allowed us to deliver full range of movement, giving you more freedom to perform airs and rotations while still benefitting from unparalleled warmth and breathability.

 

Comparing Ventilation

Both base layers benefit from targeted ventilation. Our senior designer Sean Pankhurst brought a wealth of insight and garment technology from his time working on technical sportswear for Nike. Ventilation sections are located in the areas you need it most, preventing you from overheating and to facilitate cooling. 

Beyond the ventilation, both the All Action and the Backcountry collections also feature thumb holes on the sleeves, which prevents them from riding up and becoming bunched on the forearms and elbows. This can prevent full range of movement and hinders thermal efficiency of your base layer.

 


Comparing Compression

One of the main points of difference between the Backcountry base layers and the All Action, is that the Backcountry features FLŌA Map compression. This technology gives further support to arms and legs and alleviates muscle fatigue and improves circulation. This means you can stay up on the mountain for longer, riding harder and faster. 

However, while the All Action doesn’t feature compression technology, it does provide you with an incredibly versatile option. As well as delivering the warmth, comfort and breathability up on the mountain, it’s adaptive for a number of other fitness pursuits including yoga, trail running and mountain biking to name just a few. From shredding in the powder, to lounging in the chalet later that evening, the All Action helps you to maintain your core body temperature in all environments. 

The Crux Of It…

If you’re looking for a high performing base layer for your time in the mountains, but would like to have versatility through other outdoor pursuits, then the All Action could be a solid choice. However, if you are a dedicated alpinist and are honed in on performing to the very best of your ability in comfort, warmth and free from distraction, the Backcountry collection offers the added benefits of compression technology and a second skin fit with 4-way stretch. 

 

SHOP ALL ACTION | SHOP BACKCOUNTRY

 




Fergie Miller
Fergie Miller




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