There are many options for Base Layers…why wouldn’t there be!!

There is a choice of Merino and synthetic, so the differences?

Merino wool is a responsive natural material that adapts to your body’s temperature, unlike synthetic fibres. This means it keeps you cool when you’re hot and warms you up when you’re cold thanks to lots of tiny air pockets. the wicking properties mean that merino wool takes sweat away from your body. It absorbs the sweat and locks away the smell-causing molecules, which neutralises the smell. You get to keep your friends! Disadvantage…its price.

Synthetic underwear do have good moisture-wicking properties that will help move sweat away from your body, to the outside of the garment where it can evaporate. Most synthetic fibres don’t absorb water either as they are hydrophobic,  so they don’t get particularly heavy when wet and they dry fast. Most synthetic underwear will dry a little bit fast than lightweight merino, but not by much. There is also the ‘stink’ factor. Some manufacturer’s try to treat synthetic fibres with an anti-microbial coating, but this will fade over time. Although we have found using Grangers Active Wash for synthetics helps keep the smells away…at least when you first wear it after a wash. You’ll find that synthetics are cheaper than wool.

There is such a choice of brands, models and prices, that we can’t put them all on here…so please contact us for more information, but here is a sample of which brands we stock and various models…



This PERFORMANCE WARM ECO Long-Sleeve Baselayer for women is a truly versatile solution to challenging winter temperatures. Using 100-percent recycled technical fabrics for reduced environmental impact, it offers both protection against the cold and superior moisture management. It’s designed to keep you feeling fresh and dry during intense exercise thanks to its intelligent ventilation zones. This slim-fitting top naturally maps your body’s shape for optimum protection, also offering superior comfort when worn under larger outer layers.

The WARM ACTIVE pants from ODLO deliver warmth and help keep you comfortable on the mountain when you want to keep focus on your sport. Effective moisture-wicking properties efficiently move perspiration away from your skin to keep you dry and warm during skiing, snowshoeing and more. Very good insulation offers excellent warmth to your large muscle groups for better performance and efficiency.





Warm in cooler temperatures while remaining breathable, the Ladies Torres is ideal for use as a baselayer for any activity. Merino wool is one of nature’s most comfortable fabrics. It lets you warm up quickly and, because of the exceptional breathability of Merino wool, you’ll not overheat. This means merino wool garments are ideal for almost all activities – You’ll look good and you’ll definitely feel good.