When you’re out hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or skiing in cooler temperatures, wicking base layers are essential. As discussed in Adventure Apparel: Layering, base layers need to be constructed of synthetic materials or wool in order to wick sweat away.
The Canadian company Watson’s has Performance Base layer tops and bottoms, which we’ve been putting to the test on some winter hikes in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
- Synthetic materials. Made of 85% micro polyester, 15% spandex.
- Stretch fit. The fit is comfortable and form fitting without being too tight.
- Low cut fit on bottoms. The Performance bottoms have a below the belly button cut, which makes them fit easily beneath hiking pants that are low waist-ed. Most hiking pants and even ski pants for women are cut this way nowadays, so it is nice that this base layer accommodates that.
- Brushed fabric interior. This makes these base layers feel extra soft against the skin! We liked this a lot.
- Anti static system. The label says this, though we didn’t notice any benefit. Apparently this is intended to make the fabric more comfortable and avoid static charges.
- Stain resistance. We haven’t stained it yet, but we’ll keep you posted!
- Sizes: S-XL.
- Colors Available: Black, White, Purple
- Price: Top: $21.99. Bottoms: $21.99
- Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.
- Where to Buy: Watson’s website.
If you’re looking for affordable base layers of good quality, this pair is recommended. Happy trails!