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Recent Base Layer Top Reviews

Coldpruf Platinum II Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars ColdPruf has better quality materials (not cotton) than the old stuff I have, and the fit is much better. There are excellent sizing charts and sizes for tall people, like myself. The fit is great. I could comfortably play sports or other activities in the Platinum II without any range of motion restrictions. It is tight enough fitting for a base layer (the modern name for long underwear), but not too tight. Recommended for active people in cold climates. As a member of another website, I get products… Full review

Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Very expensive crap. I am in New Zealand where Icebreaker comes from and this brand has gone downhill in the last year or so. The quality is not what it used to be and is mostly no longer 100% pure Merino wool as their general advertising would have us believe, instead having other artificial fiber incorporated into the yarn I am informed. At the beginning of winter I bought three Icebreaker items. A scarf, a sweater, and a base layer. The first two were returned to the retailer as they were not… Full review

Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S

rated 5 of 5 stars This 100% merino wool t shirt is great for most outdoor pursuits and workouts. 200 weight merino is a bit heavier weight than the "ultralight" wool t's and has benefits, namely more warmth and durability. The ability to wear while damp, wick moisture, and stay warm is wonderful. Smooth finish is not itchy. This is really a tale of two t-shirts. In 2010, I purchased Icebreaker's Hopper Lite t shirt and still wear it today. That model was later discontinued. A couple of years ago, I searched for and… Full review

Beyond Clothing Aether Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars A great short sleeve base layer shirt that can be used on its own for hiking or under other items if the weather is colder. The shirt is super soft and extremely comfortable with ridges that help wick the sweat away from your body and keep you cool even during strenuous exercise. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who will be doing heavy outdoor activity and wants something lightweight and breathable. I got the Aether Crew base layer shirt as a reviewer and got to test it out on a recent… Full review

U.S. Armed Forces Gen III, Level 2 ECWCS Top

rated 5 of 5 stars U.S. made Polartec Power Grid fleece top for $20. Compare to the $100 Patagonia R1 which is now made overseas. I find myself wearing the level 2 grid fleece top (aka waffle top) more than any other garment when playing outdoors. Here's why: Ultra breathable Great wicking properties Warm, even as an outer layer Versatile: can be used effectively as a base, mid, or outer layer Thumb holes to facilitate the donning of other layers Half zip for venting Even if I do sweat while wearing this, the impressive… Full review

Sherpa Adventure Gear Men's Baans Tech Quarter Zip

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Used this for basecamp warmth after hiking 7 to 9 hours in the fall Maine weather. After hiking all day relied on this to stay warm while setting up campsite and in the cool fall Maine mornings to stay warm while breaking down. Keeps you extremely warm and comfortable during these critical times. This pullover fits great and is extremely comfortable after a long day of hard hiking. Provides essential warmth in the cool fall Maine weather after a great day's hiking, or in the early cold fall mornings. Full review

Kora Shola 230 Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars Warm, soft, well-fitting, comfortable even in warmer temperatures. It's been years since I've lived in a climate cold enough for a base layer. Actually it's been 13 years... I remember them as itchy, uncomfortable, and most of the time I would rather freeze than wear them. I definitely have needed them since returning, and I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a set for the upcoming winter, which the Farmer's Almanac says will be one of the coldest winters in some time. I typically would not… Full review

Patagonia Men's Capilene 2 Lightweight Zip-Neck

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super lightweight at 6.5 oz. Very quick dry. Super open breathability without giving up warmth. Great light, breathable, super quick dry base layer. Fits snug to body, but doesn't stick. Allows for easy layering without that cramped tight feeling. Don't leave home without it!!!! Full review

Kora Shola 230 Zip

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Kora’s yak wool Shola 230 Zip base layer beats the itch of other wool. It provides a lot of warmth without a lot of weight or thickness. This zippered base layer top is constructed using Kora’s own Hima-Layer Original 230 yak wool fabric. All testing of the Kora Shola 230 base layer was done on the ski hill. I am very sensitive to lamb’s wool, and was pleasantly surprised when I first put the Kora zip base layer on. Immediately it became evident that not only is yak wool not itchy, it has… Full review

Top-Rated Base Layer Tops

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coldpruf Platinum II Crew reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$33 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S reviewed Sep 7, 2017
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Beyond Clothing Aether Crew reviewed Aug 8, 2017
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
U.S. Armed Forces Gen III, Level 2 ECWCS Top reviewed Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sherpa Adventure Gear Baans Tech Quarter Zip reviewed Oct 13, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kora Shola 230 Crew reviewed Sep 26, 2016
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kora Shola 230 Zip reviewed Aug 4, 2016
$160 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Voormi Thermal ll Baselayer Top reviewed Jul 20, 2016
$129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Jun 15, 2016
$8 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$60 - $70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Olympia Crewe reviewed Sep 24, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody reviewed May 21, 2015
$125 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Woolx X704 reviewed Mar 2, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Turtleneck reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$85 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
First Lite Chama Hoody reviewed Jun 5, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Microweight Crew reviewed Feb 2, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Wild Country Lightweight Base Layer Top reviewed Jan 1, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Dec 21, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight T-Shirt reviewed Oct 28, 2013
$65 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ibex Swerve Long Sleeve Top reviewed Oct 2, 2013
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Midweight Zip T reviewed Oct 1, 2013
$50 - $100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Icebreaker 260 Midweight LS Crewe reviewed Aug 8, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Terramar SmartSilk Crew reviewed Mar 7, 2013
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker GT 200 L/S Chase Zip reviewed Feb 13, 2013
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Gordini Lavawool Midweight 1/4 Zip reviewed Jan 18, 2013
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Crewe Scroll reviewed Jan 16, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Stoic Alpine Merino 150 Crew - Long-Sleeve reviewed Dec 29, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Scoop reviewed Nov 1, 2012
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Hoody reviewed Jul 29, 2012
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker 150 Ultralite LS Atlas reviewed Jul 21, 2012
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Terramar Thermawool Merino Crew Top reviewed Jul 16, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Lightweight Crew LS reviewed Feb 26, 2011
$45 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Minus33 100% Wool Mid Weight Turtleneck reviewed Feb 21, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Wool 2 Crew reviewed Nov 30, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Polarmax TransDRY Cotton reviewed Feb 24, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face XTC Midweight Crew reviewed Feb 23, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ibex Indie Zip T reviewed Feb 22, 2010
$95 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Under Armour ColdGear Sub Zero Mock reviewed Dec 20, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Zip T reviewed Aug 25, 2009
$95 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helly Hansen L/S Crew reviewed Jan 22, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene MW Variable Knit Crew reviewed Feb 18, 2008
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 2 Lightweight Crew reviewed Jan 17, 2008
$34 - $49
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Isis Wool Zip-Neck Turtle reviewed Oct 15, 2007
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Slalom Zip reviewed Aug 2, 2007
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck reviewed Dec 29, 2012
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Lightweight MTS Long-Sleeve Crew reviewed Apr 27, 2007
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ibex Zepher Zip T-Neck reviewed Dec 6, 2006
$105 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Olympia Zip reviewed Oct 14, 2006
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
GoLite Endurance Zip Top reviewed Jul 18, 2006
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip Neck reviewed Feb 6, 2007
$40 - $125
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