Two Distinct Styles, Two Performance Fabrics
To complement our Backcountry base layer range, we recently introduced the All Action. Available in three colourways, this synthetic based 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 our Merino based Backcountry base layer remains our highest performing thermal, we thought it was time to take a run down of the key details and differences between the two ground breaking collections.
FLOA-MAP v FLOA-SOFT
Each FLŌA collection incorporates a uniques approach to base layer design. The Backcountry uses FLŌA-MAP technology - through a combination of targeted ventilation and mapped compression provides you with the performance and dynamism you need in the big mountain.
Meanwhile the All Action focus more on comfort - its FLŌA-SOFT technology blends ultimate comfort with a highly breathable fabric that is designed in a minimalist style and luxury finish.
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.
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. Closed Hole Mesh sections are located in the areas you need it most, under the arms and behind the legs, preventing you from overheating and to facilitate cooling.
In addition the Backcountry has Closed Hoel Mesh down the back to reduce sweat under the rucksack and has cooling channels placed on the chest and lower back to help you recover from the high intensity work out of your mountain descent.
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.
One of the main points of difference between the Backcountry base layers and the All Action, is that the Backcountry features mapped 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.