Base Layer Tops

Recent Base Layer Top Reviews

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

Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars A merino wool baselayer that is soft and warm. Perfect for cold-weather activities of all kinds. Fit and Comfort: Finally, a baselayer top that has a little extra length in the sleeves and torso and stays in place, no matter the activity. I’ve worn several merino products over the years and this is as comfortable as any that I’ve worn with a soft-to-the-skin and no-itch feeling. This top fits close but not restrictively tight to the body. The length of the torso and arms are both generous, meaning… Full review

Toad&Co Pacer Slim Long Sleeve Quarter Zip

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A versatile garment from a philanthropically-minded company that strikes a compromise between backcountry base layer and in-town casual wear. With grime-concealing colors and a poly-wool blend, the Pacer Quarter Zip is a thermoregulating, moisture-wicking, low-odor option for travelers with limited wardrobe space and for anyone who doesn't mind giving up some performance or style for a garment that offers a viable trail-to-town option. A Trail-to-Town Quarter Zip The Toad & Co. Pacer Slim Long… Full review

user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Capilene Air Crew reviewed Jan 17, 2019
$90 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Warm Ice Crew reviewed Jan 8, 2019
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MEC T3 Zip-T reviewed Oct 3, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen HH Lifa Merino 1/2 Zip reviewed Mar 31, 2018
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Bergtagen Woolmesh Sweater reviewed Mar 1, 2018
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Crew reviewed Feb 13, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Toad&Co Pacer Slim Long Sleeve Quarter Zip reviewed Jan 31, 2018
$45 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen HH Wool LS Crew reviewed Jan 26, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Hoody reviewed Jan 23, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Everyday Long Sleeve Crew 230 Midweight reviewed Dec 1, 2017
$74 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 CN LS Top reviewed Nov 29, 2017
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
$52
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Beyond Clothing Aether Crew reviewed Aug 8, 2017
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Gen III, Level 2 ECWCS Top reviewed Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kora Shola 230 Crew reviewed Sep 26, 2016
$145 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Patagonia Capilene 2 Lightweight Zip-Neck reviewed Sep 21, 2016
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 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Jun 15, 2016
$35 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt reviewed Feb 22, 2016
$17 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Crew reviewed Nov 19, 2015
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Crew reviewed Jan 22, 2014
$42 - $95
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: 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
$45 - $100
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Terramar SmartSilk Crew reviewed Mar 7, 2013
$60 MSRP
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 (2)
Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck reviewed Dec 29, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Scoop reviewed Nov 1, 2012
$45 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 1/2 Zip Geo Fleece Top reviewed May 9, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Crew reviewed Feb 28, 2012
$85 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Microweight Tee reviewed Feb 23, 2012
$56
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Funnel Zip reviewed Feb 23, 2012
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Minus33 100% Wool Mid Weight Turtleneck reviewed Feb 21, 2011
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Midweight Crewneck Baselayer reviewed Jan 28, 2011
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Wool 2 Crew reviewed Nov 30, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Catalyst Longsleeve T reviewed Oct 25, 2010
$35 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Polarmax TransDRY Cotton reviewed Feb 24, 2010
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