Base Layers and Underwear

Category

Tops
Bottoms
One-Piece Base Layers
Boxers, Briefs, Bikinis
Sports Bras
Arm and Leg Sleeves

Brand

The Elixir
Helly Hansen
Fjallraven
Ridge Merino
Toad&Co
Woolx
ExOfficio
Avalanche Wear
Coldpruf
Icebreaker

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Base Layer Reviews

The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Arm covers to protect you from the sun. Sun protection using lightweight arm sleeves that have numerous color choices. In the hot summer, a long sleeved shirt may make you feel too warm. While wearing a short sleeve shirt, the arm covers prevent sunburn and help keep your arms cool. In the shade, take them off it you want. They compress to a baseball size. I have another pair from a bike gear company that costs $30+ and liked them a lot. I looked online and found lots of black ones that seemed they… Full review

Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Pant

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 that this is a companion review with the Helly Hansen LIFA Merino 1/2 Zip top.Product Description Helly Hansen (HH)… Full review

Helly Hansen 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 Longjohns

rated 5 of 5 stars The Fjallraven Bergtagen Long Johns is a base layer pant that utilizes wool in three different weaves to maximize heat retention in key areas (butt, groin) and breathability in others (thighs, calves). It’s a total home run of execution and since I received this base layer 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

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

Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Bottoms

rated 4 of 5 stars A warm and comfortable pair of baselayer pants that work particularly well below freezing temps, but they do have sizing limitations. Fit and Comfort: At 6’2” and 190 lbs. (1.88m and 86.2 kg), I typically wear pants with a 31” or 32” waist and a 34” inseam. I tested a men’s medium size, due to its accurate waist size, realizing that the length might be slightly shorter than desired, according to the manufacturer’s sizing chart. In fact, I’d have to jump up two sizes to a men’s… 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

Helly Hansen Women's HH Wool LS Crew

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Sturdy, warm, and straightforward. This is not the most comfortable wool base layer out there, but it performs beautifully in terms of fit, warmth, and durability. This top is well made and will keep you warm. No bells, no whistles. Fit & Comfort - Fit in arms, shoulders, and torso is true to size, keeping in mind that the desired fit of this top is very snug. I'd recommend trying it on before buying if you have concerns about the sizing. The wool was fine on my skin, but other backpackers found… Full review

Top-Rated Base Layers and Underwear

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves reviewed Jun 20, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Pant reviewed Mar 31, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen LIFA Merino 1/2 Zip reviewed Mar 31, 2018
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Bergtagen Longjohns reviewed Mar 12, 2018
$140 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Bergtagen Woolmesh Sweater reviewed Mar 1, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Crew reviewed Feb 13, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Bottoms reviewed Feb 13, 2018
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Toad&Co Pacer Slim Long Sleeve Quarter Zip reviewed Jan 31, 2018
$49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen HH Wool LS Crew reviewed Jan 26, 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 (9)
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief reviewed Nov 22, 2017
$17 - $26
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Avalanche Wear Mogul Pant reviewed Nov 9, 2017
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coldpruf Platinum II Pant reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$33 MSRP
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
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Minus33 Acadian Lightweight Boxer Brief reviewed Aug 11, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Beyond Clothing Aether Crew reviewed Aug 8, 2017
$75 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ExOfficio Sol Cool Boxer Brief reviewed Jun 8, 2017
$26 - $28
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves reviewed Mar 4, 2017
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Inversion Midweight Bottoms reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Avalanche Wear Mogul Fleece Legging reviewed Jan 9, 2017
$50 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)
MyPakage Pro Series 2-in-1 reviewed Dec 12, 2016
$90 MSRP
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Terramar Mesh Pro Boxer Brief 6" reviewed Sep 7, 2016
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Lacy Bikini reviewed Sep 2, 2016
$14 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kora Shola 230 Zip reviewed Aug 4, 2016
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
MyPakage Action Series Boxer Brief reviewed Jul 29, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$16 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Bottoms reviewed Jul 10, 2016
$35 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt reviewed Feb 22, 2016
$20 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Performance Underwear 9 Inch Inseam Boxer Brief reviewed Nov 29, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Crew reviewed Nov 19, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Stoic Merino 200 Boxer Brief reviewed Nov 16, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino Air Bottoms reviewed Nov 9, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino Air Hoody reviewed Sep 30, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Olympia Crewe reviewed Sep 24, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Brief reviewed Sep 20, 2015
$18 - $26
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody reviewed May 21, 2015
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Equipment Crux LS Crew reviewed Mar 3, 2015
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)
Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Bottom reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$47 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
First Lite Chama Hoody reviewed Jun 5, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Sport Performance Flex 360 Boxer Brief reviewed Apr 22, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Original Series 9-inch Boxerjock reviewed Mar 11, 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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Verve Cassandra Bra reviewed Oct 9, 2013
$38 MSRP
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