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…



The Dart shirt collection is a classic, all-season, all-mountain technical baselayer. The 100% recycled APEX ECO fabric perfectly balances warmth, wicking and breathability and is finished with POLYGIENE® permanent odour control for multi-day freshness.

Montane Women’s Dart Zip T-Shirt

 Classic, recycled zip neck technical t-shirt.
The Women’s Dart Zip Neck is the classic, all-season technical baselayer from Montane, ideal for an all-day trek in the mountains. The 100% recycled Apex Eco fabric perfectly balances warmth, wicking and breathability and is finished with permanent odour control for multi-day freshness. Additional features include non-chafing flatlocked seams for comfort, 20+ sun protection and a YYK 1/4 length zip with zip guard for extra breathability.










The Montane Women’s Dart Nano Zip T-Shirt will be your go-to base layer for your fastest and lightest missions. Made with supremely lightweight fabric, the technical Dart Nano works hard during high-output activities, enabling you to really go beyond this season – whether you’re taking on an ultra, or pushing personal boundaries in the mountains. Made with 100% recycled fabric and finished with POLYGEINE permanent odour control means you can wear more, wash less and fully concentrate on going further, faster.







When out in the wilderness a good base layer is indispensable.

Our 200gsm Merino is designed to keep you warm in cooler temperatures yet remain breathable, and is able to help your body regulate its temperature when you’re pushing yourself to the limits. Naturally odour resistant, this Merino base layer is the best partner for any expedition.