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The Importance Of Baselayers in Sports

by Nick Baines November 10, 2018

Essential knowledge for anyone serious about outdoor pursuits…

Your baselayer is arguably one of the most important parts of any outdoor activity. The best skis and equipment is all well and good, but if your body gets too cold, your performance is going to suffer. Maintaining core temperature when out in the backcountry is even more critical and when not maintained, can have severe consequences.

Ok, so we are a company that's starting life by Kickstarting our Backcountry Baselayer... so of course we would extoll the importance of baselayers.

But, all you have to do is look at the explosion of the humble baselayer over the last decade and you'll soon see what we're talking about. Pretty much every sports company worth their name has a baselayer of some form, usually, if they are good it's a Merino one.

As our founder Fergie mentioned in the video (below) Merino was 15 years ago, and yes, it is great, but it's also needing a bit of an update.


How Layering Works


A series of layers works well for insulation as it traps air in between each item of clothing. However, we also need each layer to do different jobs.

Our outerwear layer needs to protect us from snow and moisture penetrating into our toasty internal layers. Meanwhile, our middle layers help to trap that air and retain warmth.

The most important layer regarding warmth though, is the one we put against our skin. The base layer’s job is to keep our skin dry and warm, which is fundamental to our core body temperature and ultimately, our performance…


Why Staying Warm Is Important To Performance


Good muscle function is paramount when out in the mountains. We rely on them for the simplest of movements.

When muscles get cold, they contract, which can have an impact on your movement and stamina. More importantly, it can have a detrimental effect on your muscle recovery.


But Not All Baselayers Are Created Equal


Why are we pointing out the importance of baselayers vs other layers though? The fit of baselayers can vary widely, which has a significant impact on how well they’re going to keep you warm.

Comfort is most certainly key, as chaffing or rubbing is not only going to make you sore, but take focus away from your performance, which is going to make it even harder to achieve a flow-like state.

This is why we’ve employed the latest seamless manufacturing techniques and yarn construction to give you a smooth, soft fit with no discomfort or distraction.

As well as getting a good fit on your baselayer, you’ll want to consider the material it’s made from. One of the primary jobs of a decent baselayer is to wick away moisture from your skin when you sweat.

If your baselayer fails to do this, then your sweat will remain in the material nearest your skin, which will eventually make you cold, and begin chaffing.


The Holy Grail Of Baselayers


Today there are a number of different fabric technologies available and finding that perfect balance between breathability, ergonomic fit, flexible comfort and that all important moisture wicking is now at our fingertips.

As well as factoring all these vital elements into our baselayers, we have also introduced mapped compression through the arms and legs to increase blood circulation and alleviate muscle fatigue.

If you’re serious about winter sports, then you’ll appreciate the inherent value of a high performance baselayer which is not only fundamental to being warm and dry, but to help you ride at your absolute best.

You're in the right place to see what our baselayer looks like - but have a look here to see more of the benefits.



Importance of Baselayers


Nick Baines
Nick Baines


With an insatiable thirst for travel, Nick Baines is a journalist based on the UK’s south coast. With more than 20 years experience in snow sports, he’s contributed features to publications all over the world.


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