Which base layer?

2 04 2011

Good evening you crazy kids. I was awoken this morning, not by the characterless alarm set on my phone, but a smell. Now I’m not adverse to awaking from my slumber to the smell of breakfast steadily rising up the stairs, but this was not a delicious breakfast. After some initial investigation, it appeared to be emanating from under my bed. I wont leave you in suspense any longer – I began my Saturday by discovering a dead pigeon. Not ideal.

Unless Mrs D. is hiding some pretty severe psychotic tendencies, I strongly suspect a certain feline who resides here. Given the choice of gift, I would have just taken vouchers.

Not long now until the Promax competition comes to a close – you can enter here. Make sure you come back tomorrow to see if you are winner! This kind of ties in on a sport related note to today’s article. I was thumbing through the new Evans Cycles catalogue where they had a range of base layers that differed greatly to the kind I have for football or running. I thought I’d take you through a few so you’ll be able to tell your Helly Hansen from your Under Armor.

Cycling – If you’ve been watching the news recently, you’ll have noticed that Prince Harry and a team of soldiers who have been seriously wounded serving their country are trekking to the North Pole unaided. It truly is an impressive feat (see here for details) as conditions will be severe, but they have all been kitted out with the latest Helly Hansen technology. Started by the fisherman Helly Hansen back in 1877, the brand made fishing gear for extreme conditions. As well as sailing, the brand have branched into trekking and sport so if you’re going to be cycling in bad conditions, you’ll need warmth and ventilation. The Helly Hansen Freeze Prowool 1/2 Zip Turtle Base Layer has a mix of Lifa fabric and Merino wool with flat lock stitching and low bulk cuffs.

The Castelli Core Mesh Sleeveless Base Layer is perfect for moisture management in warm weather. It works by creating a layer of air between your body and your jersey, keeping you drier. An unbelievable amount of stretch means that you don’t even feel it on your body.

The Icebreaker Tech Top Base Layer features a three way collar (zip up, down or up and rolled), thumb loops, a dropped tail and raglan sleeves. It breathes brilliantly and refuses to hold odour.

Helly Hansen Freeze Prowool 1/2 Zip Turtle Base Layer - 29.99

Northwave Dry Plus Sleeveless Base Layer - 14.99

Icebreaker Tech Top Base Layer - 49.99

Football, Running, Rugby – Unlike the cycling garments, you’re going to need something with a bit more maneuverability. Sports companies state that compression technology employed by the base layers below increases blood flow to your muscles, improves body posture to give you more energy, power and endurance during sport. From personal use, I really like how the layers keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s a rainy January evening playing 7 aside football!

ISC Compression Mens Sleeveless Top - 34.99

Adidas TechFit Seamless Compression Top LS - 15.00

Skins Sport Compression Short Sleeve Top - 39.99

Triathlon – If you’ve done a Triathlon before you’d know that having the freedom of movement in your arms and a suitable fit is essential for any gear you wear on the day. The tri-suit fits under your wetsuit like a second skin and when you come to that first transition (from the swim to the bike) every second counts – changing into a pair of shorts isn’t an option for any aspiring triathlete!

Scott Plasma Tri Suit - 49.99 (Was 99.99)

Pearl Izumi Tri Shorts - 19.99 (Was 39.99)

Orca Core Tri Tank - 24.99 (Was 54.99)

Come back tomorrow when I’ll announce the lucky Maximuscle competition winner and I’ll also be reviewing the movie Source Code.

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