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Best Base Layer Leggings?

post #1 of 14
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Can anyone recommend good leggings for skiing in 20-30 degree temperatures?  Something that will wick away the sweat but also keep your legs very warm?

post #2 of 14

I love the 3/4 length merino Stoic one's from Backcountry.com

post #3 of 14

I was just going to start a topic on what people wear below their ski pants.   I've been getting cold just wearing my thermal leggings and my Burton shells.

 

I need a good mid layer suggestion I guess.

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Not tested yet (soon) but I've just bought some Icebreaker Sprint Merino "Legless". Apparently their 200 Lightweight stuff is amazing and works in a wide range of temperatures. Will update with a test later this month.

post #5 of 14
I've been using the Icebreaker 200 merino 3/4 length under lined Goretex pants in colder conditions for 3 seasons (down to -30c) and have always been comfortable.
post #6 of 14

Probably one of my favorites has to be the new Hot Chillys MIT MicorElite. 

They have a silvering agent (antimicrobial) to keep from getting funky and stay super warm and cozy. 

post #7 of 14

I've had a few different types, but the CWX insulated 3/4 leggings I'm using now have been absolutely awesome.

post #8 of 14

skied last night and it was so cold I wore running pants under my Burtons with my Hot Chilli's base layer under that.   Legs stayed nicely warm, but it was more bulky than I'm used to...

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I've had a few different types, but the CWX insulated 3/4 leggings I'm using now have been absolutely awesome.

+1 one of the best pieces of ski clothing I've ever bought. Pricey, but worth it.

post #10 of 14

Go with a 3/4 length leggings because full leggings can bunch up in your boots, otherwise you have to fold them back up your legs so the bottoms stay out of the way.  Better to go with 3/4 length to begin with.

 

Merino 200 or 260 weight will work fine, depending if you have insulated pants and whether you run hot or cold in your legs normally.  Of the Merino brands, Icebreaker is good, but SmartWool is better.  Reason is design of the seam layout.  Icebreaker have seams up the front (crotch) and rear in the middle, which can often tug in parts unwanted.  SmartWool, however, has the seams offset, so the back doesn't ride up the crack, and the front seams go around your......package.

 

If you don't go with Merino, synthetic can be warm, something like an UnderArmor ColdGear 2.0 should suffice.  Seam design on the UA stuff is smartly done, but finding a 3/4 length may prove difficult.

 

I'd recommend SmartWool 3/4 length, 200 weight.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Wade View Post

I've had a few different types, but the CWX insulated 3/4 leggings I'm using now have been absolutely awesome.


 



This.

Great for running too...
post #12 of 14
Sierratradingpost and Campmor have a great line of base layer products that won't break the bank.

I still wear my $19.00 Campmor 200wt fleece pants I bought back in 1993 over a light weight base layer, paid $8.00 for the bottoms $8.00 for the tops years ago.
post #13 of 14

I discovered Paradox at Costco a couple of seasons ago.  Unbelievable performance at a spectacular price.  No more $50.00+ stuff for me.

 

http://www.costco.com/Paradox-Men's-Base-Layer-Pant---Black.product.100036912.html

post #14 of 14

I have a really thin I/O Bio 3/4 merino for the cool-ish day when wearing nothing under my shell pants is too cold.  Don't get use too much though.
I took an older pair of Polartech Powerstretch pants and had them hemmed just above my boot tops.  They've become my go to piece now.  Legs usually don't get too cold or hot though for me, so less of an issue. 

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