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Move over merino — brilliant baselayers for skiing

27th November 2013, by Abi Butcher

The ultimate onesie — Patagonia's Capilene with Polartec fabric is our top pick

The ultimate onesie — Patagonia's Capilene with Polartec fabric is our top pick

Move over merino! This year there are some amazing base layers around — from one-piece suits to cashmere to yak’s wool. We’ve picked a few of our favourites here.

Patagonia Capilene 4
This is the most amazing onesie. Who would have thought these would come round again? Patagonia has teamed up with Polartec Power Dry and Polygiene on its Capilene 4 — a soft, breathable baselayer that eliminates any cold spots. The odour-resistant, moisture-wicking one-piece base-layer has flat seams and ultra-soft material for extra comfort. The high colour and thumb loops work brilliantly, and the side-zip drop-bottom means ladies don’t have to, ahem, go easy on the Gluhwein. 
£140, patagonia.com


Kora ShoLa in yak’s wool
New to the market this year, Kora is the first company to make a technical baselayer in yak’s wool. Made with a unique fabric for active use called Hima-Layer™ (boom, boom) it is extremely soft and the wool is sourced directly from remote nomadic communities in the Himalayas. Apparently in tests, Hima-Layer™ fabric is 40% warmer than merino wool weight for weight; wicks efficiently [about the same merino] and is 17% better at transporting water vapour through it than merino.
£95, kora.net

Helly Hansen Dry Charger Windblock 1/2 zip
The first company to make a technical baselayer (in the 1970s), Helly Hansen this year launches a great, sporty-looking half-zip top for “high-intensity training or ski sessions in cold conditions”, featuring LIFA®Stay Dry Technology, flatlock stitching, a windblock front panel and a mesh back.
£55, hellyhansen.com

Dhu Performance Cashmere base layer
The Scottish sportswear brand launched in 2011 have introduced their first base layer this season. The garment for men and women, with a close-fitted body shape, uses a blended cashmere fibre - a mix of cashmere, silk and merino wool. The base layer was nominated in The Great Outdoor Awards 2013 as ‘Clothing Innovation of the Year’.
£139, dhuperformance.com

BAM bamboo zip neck baselayer
This top, new last year, is made with bamboo, which is moisture-wicking and antibacterial, so you can wear it for days without a whiff. It cuts out 98% of UV rays and keeps you cool when you’re too hot and keeps you significantly warmer than other baselayer fabrics and, best of all, it is soft and good for sensitive skin.
£45, bambooclothing.co.uk

Helly Hansen Warm Freeze
Not new this year, but one of Helly Hansen’s best-sellers and you can instantly see why — the traditional snowflake pattern is fab. It’s made with 57 per cent merino wool and 43 per cent polypropylene for superb insulation and moisture management.
£65, hellyhansen.com

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