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Warm Base Layers Needed

post #1 of 18
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Planning for my trip up north, I realized I need some warm base layers.  Any suggestions for a good warm base layer?  For pants I would prefer 3/4 length.  I have some old Under Armour that has seen its better days.

post #2 of 18

I've had good luck with CWX; warm whatever you think about the muscle compression thing. But for less, you can buy heavy fleece underwear.   Mine are Arcteryx, have kept me warm in temps below zero. IMO, though, unless "north" means AK or central Canada, normal poly underwear like yours is fine, concentrate on middle layers. 

post #3 of 18

What he said.  I like the CW-X 3/4 length tights, especially for early season skiing when my legs aren't used to it yet.  This year I may be wearing them all season we have such bad conditions.

post #4 of 18

I wear two layers of long underwear and when it gets colder the layers get a bit thicker.

post #5 of 18

I use a hockey compression base layer. It's perfect for skiing though, because when I'm cold it insulates me quite well, but when I'm active and starting to sweat it is phenomenal at wicking away moisture. Plus it has a bit of padding for the inevitable tumble down the mountain. It's pretty cost effective too because I use it for both hockey and skiing.

 

Shirt: http://www.bauer.com/hockey-apparel-on-ice-base-layer/elite/padded-goalie-ls-base-layer-top

 

Pant: http://www.bauer.com/hockey-apparel-on-ice-base-layer/elite/padded-goalie-base-layer-pant

post #6 of 18

If you're not down with the compression thing for whatever reason, I find UA Base 3.0 to be super-warm.  

It's thick and kinda quilted.  

post #7 of 18

UA base 3.0 shirt has a small neckline and the piping adds much to much thickness to the already tight fitting neckline. Terribly uncomfortable layering! I can't wear it.

I found the 3.0 pants to be just as odd fitting. The legs are tight around my knees and instead of stretching as i bend they tug and pull on my knee caps:( 

 

I like TNF flashdry Warm 180g long-sleeve crew neck. Has a nice wide neckline that layers well for me.

 http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/mens-shirts-tops-filter-category-baselayers/men-8217-s-warm-long-sleeve-crew-neck.html?variationId=044&variationName=GRAPHITE%20GREY#close

 

I also like Smartwool NTS MID 250g merino wool crew neck. 

http://www.smartwool.com/clothing/mens-nts-mid-250-pattern-crew.html

 

I often layer the TNF flashdry 180g crew and Smartwool NTS together, then a down jacket mid layer under the shell. 

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by neonorchid View Post
 

UA base 3.0 shirt has a small neckline and the piping adds much to much thickness to the already tight fitting neckline. Terribly uncomfortable layering! I can't wear it.

I found the 3.0 pants to be just as odd fitting. The legs are tight around my knees and instead of stretching as i bend they tug and pull on my knee caps:( 

 

I was able to try it on before buying, and I found the fit super-comfy.  Still do.  

Since we're all different sizes, the OP should try on his possibilities first if possible...or make sure of return policy.

post #9 of 18
UA can be hit or miss on fit depending in body shape but it can't be beat in terms of durabiliy. Their stuff lasts forever.
post #10 of 18

I had real good luck with mid-weight merino wool base layers from Minus 33 this year -- very warm in the cold New England winter. And the bottoms do come 3/4 length as well as full length.

post #11 of 18

I used my http://www.aclima.no/products/warmwool/men/overall-3-4 after X-mas at Ruka in Northern Finland, temps were -30C / -22F and I was fine.

 

These ones are even warmer for 2nd layer http://www.aclima.no/products/herre/hotwool

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post
 

If you're not down with the compression thing for whatever reason, I find UA Base 3.0 to be super-warm.  

It's thick and kinda quilted.  

I love the 4.0 stuff, double duty for skiing and hunting.

post #13 of 18

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Patagonia Capilene. I've been using it for about 30 years now and it works better than anything new I've tried while also lasting forever. 

 

In 15-30 degree weather I'm comfortable with a Capilene 3 crew neck, and R1 zip-T, and a shell. Under shell pants I either do two layers of Cap 3 or R1 tights. Or CW-X tights and Cap 3. 

post #14 of 18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaZqAfgHXvE  go to 4m:28s, he had terrible test results with Cap 3 and suggest it be avoided. No problems with Cap 1, 2, and 4.

 

I think Cap 4 is nice stuff, practically a fleece! I had ordered the 1/4 zip from patagucci, body fit great, neck strangled me and hit the wrong spot at the back of my neck. Would try the crew neck if on sale in my size.

 

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Long-Underwear-Reviews

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by CASkiDad View Post
 

 

 

In 15-30 degree weather ..... Under shell pants I either do two layers of Cap 3 or R1 tights. 

 

That's...waaaaaay warmer than I dress.     For that range I'm in Cap 1 + shell.      Below that, Powerstretch + shell. 

post #16 of 18
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That's...waaaaaay warmer than I dress.     For that range I'm in Cap 1 + shell.      Below that, Powerstretch + shell. 
I meant 15-30 F. Maybe you thought C?

If we're talking about the same temp then you run really hot. Most people think I dress pretty light to ski.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by CASkiDad View Post

I meant 15-30 F. Maybe you thought C?

If we're talking about the same temp then you run really hot. Most people think I dress pretty light to ski.

 

I don't wear patagonia, so I can't speak to Cap 3 specifically, but they call it midweight.  I can't imagine wearing 2 layers of midweight under shell pants at 30F.  I personally wear 1 layer of lightweight between 15-30F (I pretty much never ski under 15F in WA).  Above 30F, I usually skip the long underwear all together and just wear shorts under the shell.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by CASkiDad View Post
 
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

That's...waaaaaay warmer than I dress.     For that range I'm in Cap 1 + shell.      Below that, Powerstretch + shell. 
I meant 15-30 F. Maybe you thought C?

If we're talking about the same temp then you run really hot. Most people think I dress pretty light to ski.

 

I had it right, 15-30F :) - my reaction was due to the hindsight observation that  if you guys really do dress that warm, I can toss out a few seasons' worth of advo in the layering threads.:eek 

 

 
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post
 
  Above 30F, I usually skip the long underwear all together and just wear shorts under the shell.
 

 

 

Yup.    Same here.    

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