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I am trying to wear just a warmass baselayer and my Arcteryx stinger shell.  What baselayer/midlayer would be best to accomplish this?
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silk
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silk is the best for warmth to weight, but it weights nothing.

try both wool, and synthetic,   maybe silk as a base layer, wool/synthetic second, and shell outer.
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The job of a baselayer is to wick in order to keep you dry. Thinner the better for this job.

The job of an insulation layer is to hold heat. Thicker the better for this job.

Add to one and you compromise the other......so whattayawant?? Warmer or dryer??

SJ
post #5 of 13
To add to  Sierra Jim's observations: wool for warmth, synthetic for moisture transport.  The question then is, do you sweat a lot?  
post #6 of 13
I agree with Sierra Jim that you would be better served using two layers for better comfort control. But to answer your question you might try the Patagonia Expedition Weight Base Layer.Very thick and warm.
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Cashmere from Himalayan goats & Alpaca for the Andes. These 2 are among the 3 warmest and 2 of the 3 most expensive. 
Midrange - High quality wool in varying weights/constructs. Patagonia has varied weights of wool base layers & their weight 4 is about the heaviest baselayer avail.

Temps, conditions, individual need - Base layer & outer layer need to work together and should be varied for conditions.   
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...to answer your question you might try the Patagonia Expedition Weight Base Layer.Very thick and warm.

Point of order - Patagooch no longer calls their heaviest base layer 'Expedition weight,' it's now called Capilene 4, on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4=heaviest.  
post #9 of 13
The heavier modern hybrid layers, particularly those that are "brushed," feel good against the skin and provide a lot more warmth than most traditional base layers. These pieces are designed to be either base or mid layer. But really, why limit yourself to two layers when three lighter ones gives you so much more flexibility?
post #10 of 13
I ski in Canada with the Arctyrex Stinger shell and a merino base layer from from Icebreaker.  Go with a 260 or 320 weight layer.  If it is really cold I add a Patagonia down sweater.  This keeps me warm and dry whether I am riding the lifts or climbing hard on AT gear at minus 20 C (-5 F).  They are a little pricey to start but if you plan to use them for a while your cost per wearing is better that any other product I have found.  They hold their shape, look good, never smell bad and feel great on your skin.  All in all a sweet set up.
post #11 of 13
LL bean expedition wt stretch.........the best!
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 Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Tights. Omigod. Soooooooo soft and warm. And they wick. They have them for both men and women.
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