Base Layer Tops

Recent Base Layer Top Reviews

Mont Slinx LS Zip

rated 5 of 5 stars The single most comfortable fleece base or mid-layer around. I have to say, I've never been a fan of fleece, but this item changed my mind! Also, there is a distinct lack of Australian brands on this site and I think it's time to rectify that. The Mont Slinx LS Zip shirt is a long sleeve "polar base-layer" made from Polartec Power Stretch Pro. The cut is very form fitting, but the material moves with you like a second skin. I first tried this garment when on a guiding trip a co-guide (pictured right)… Full review

Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Hoody

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody is Patagonia’s newest base layer design which utilizes a unique seamless knit construction that is composed of 51 percent merino wool and 49 percent Capilene recycled polyester that results in a very stretchy insulation layer that is both light and warm. The integral hood is close fitting and works well under other hooded jackets, hats, or a climbing helmet, but I found it most useful as a scrunchie for keeping my neck warm. Overall this is a great base layer,… Full review

Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Crew

rated 3 of 5 stars Feels comfortable. Arms are pilling. Costly. Been wearing for three weeks. Shirt is comfortable to wear all day, under another shirt or by itself. Crew neck is higher than my other shirts, but it is still comfortable. Washes well, and I like that it does not retain smells. Bottom side of sleeves are pilling, even after light use. The price is really high—being my highest price baselayer. Seems to be an excellent overall design, but the fabric should not show really early wear signs. Cost to benefit… Full review

Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars A relatively loose, very stretchy, and ridiculously breathable base layer. Due to the loose weave, wind runs almost literally right through it. This is a combination wool/synthetic layer that provides great warmth (under a shell or in still air) and wicks moisture well. Durability...well, be careful with it. Good for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. THE BASICS A couple of years ago, Patagonia started selling a line of base layers it called "merino air." The fabric was a very stretchy… Full review

Helly Hansen Men's Warm Ice Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars Best winter base layer period! This base layer is made with polypropylene inside and merino wool outside. It's just a merino wool without the wool itching. I own other brands of winter base layers, but this is the one I prefer. I loved it so much I bought four (4) of them! Compare to Icebreaker base layer, it doesn't shrink. I bought the medium and it fits great! I'm 6 feet and 155 pounds. Full review

Patagonia Men's Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight base layer that works in a wide range of temperature and weather conditions. Outstanding at wicking moisture. Extremely air-permeable worn alone, quite a bit warmer under a shell. Not as warm as previous "expedition weight" Capilene, but it wicks better and dries faster. Relatively slender fit is also unlike previous versions. This is the warmest of Patagonia's fully synthetic Capilene base layers, the thermal weight zip neck has evolved into something more of an all-purpose shirt than… Full review

MEC T3 Zip-T

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent thermal base-layer top. This review is for the standard (Synthetic) T3 Zip-T, not the more expensive Merino Wool version. The photo shows the 2-tone Eclipse Heather/Coal colouration. The T3 is the thickest in MEC's own line of thermal base layers. The T2 and T1 are each lighter and thinner than the previous. The Zip-T model of the shirt has a half-length zipper (as the name implies) and a tall collar when fully zipped, almost like a turtle-neck. No pockets; no cinches or draw cords; no… Full review

Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino 1/2 Zip

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An excellent base layer choice from a company that understands cold and wet weather. The HH LIFA Merino 2-layer construction keeps you warm and dry in all kinds of conditions, and feels great when wearing it. Watch out for the “athletic” fit when purchasing, but if you get the right fit this base layer will keep you comfortable in rain, sleet, and snow well below freezing. Note: This is a companion review along with the Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Pant. Product Description Helly Hansen (HH) LIFA… Full review

Fjallraven Bergtagen Woolmesh Sweater

rated 5 of 5 stars The Fjallraven Bergtagen Woolmesh Sweater is a base layer top that utilizes wool in three different weaves to maximize heat retention in key areas (chest, back) and breathability in others (stomach, underarms). It’s a total home run of execution and since I received this top for testing I have worn nothing else. It’s exceptionally well tailored, durable, doesn’t stink on multi-day trips, and you’ll have no fear around a fire. The only possible negatives are more inherent to wool, than this… Full review

686 Airhole Thermal Airtube Top
686 Airhole Thermal Bala Top
686 Therma Base
Airblaster Ninja Shirt
Arc'teryx Phase AR Crew LS
$75 - $320
Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck LS
$62 - $89
Arc'teryx Phase SL Camisole
$34 - $49
Arc'teryx Phase SL Crew LS
$75
Arc'teryx Phase SL Crew SS
$25 - $69
Arc'teryx Phase SL Zip Neck
$47 - $85
Arc'teryx Phase SV Crew LS
$69 MSRP
Arc'teryx Rho LT Hooded Zip Neck
$139
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip Neck
$65 - $125
Arc'teryx Rho LTW Zip
$129 MSRP
Arc'teryx Satoro AR Crew LS
$89 - $119
Arc'teryx Satoro AR Zip LS
$104 - $139
Arc'teryx Satoro SV Zip Neck LS
$110 - $159
Armada Contra Merino Crew Long-Sleeve
ashmei Long Sleeve Baselayer
ashmei Short Sleeve Baselayer
Backcountry.com Lightweight Crew Neck
Backcountry.com LIghtweight Snap Henley Neck
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Beyond Clothing Aether Crew
$75 MSRP
Burton Expedition 1/4 Zip
$60
Burton Lightweight Crew
$40 MSRP
Burton Midweight Crew
$35
Burton Midweight Union Suit
$60 MSRP
Burton Tech Long Sleeve Tee
$45 MSRP
Cabela's E.C.W.C.S. Medium-Weight Crew
$55
Cabela's E.C.W.C.S. Polar-Weight 1/4 Zip
Cabela's MTP Polar-Weight 1/4 Zip
$50
Cloudveil Lightweight Crewneck Top
Coldpruf Extreme Performance Crew
$38 MSRP
Coldpruf Platinum Crew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coldpruf Platinum II Crew
$33 MSRP
Columbia Arctic Trek Long Sleeve
$54
Columbia Baselayer Heavyweight Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip
$68 MSRP
Columbia Baselayer Midweight Half-Zip Top - Long Sleeve
$60 MSRP
Columbia Baselayer Midweight Mock Neck Long Sleeve
Columbia Baselayer Midweight Top - Long Sleeve
$55 MSRP
Columbia Coolest Cool Sleeveless Top
Columbia Heavyweight II Baselayer Long Sleeve
$40
Columbia Heavyweight II Baselayer Long Sleeve Half Zip
$40 - $51
Columbia Midweight II Long Sleeve Half Zip Top
Columbia Midweight Stretch Long Sleeve Baselayer Half Zip
$45 - $60
Columbia Midweight Stretch Long Sleeve Top
$36 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 CN LS Top
Craft PC Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Crew
$50
Craghoppers Nosilife Long Sleeve Base T-Shirt
DaKine Arella Crew
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