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Base layer

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Baselayers

Even if no one else can see it, you are going to notice the difference with these worthy baselayers.

Gear Review: MontBell Zeo-Line M.W. High Neck Shirt Baselayer

The best baselayer for the money.

Gear Review: Toast Heated Clothing Baselayer

Finally, a baselayer that holds hand-warmers for ultimate warmth.

Gear Review: Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck

When you want something thick to keep you warm, this baselayer has you covered.

Gear Review: Mammut Alpine Underwear Long All Year

You'll be feeling just right below the waist with this intricatly fitted long underwear.

Gear Review: Wild Things Power Stretch 1/4-Zip Hoody Baselayer

If you like going up and down snowy mountains, you're going to like this simple baselayer.

Gear Review: Polarmax Light Weight Tech Silk Men's Crew Baselayer

The most affordable baselayer that still get the job done right.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2012: Cabela's E.C.W.C.S. Thermal Zone Baselayer

Our top pick for baselayers in 2012.

Gear Review: Nau M2 Hoody Baselayer

We're still counting the uses for this versatile hoody for any layer.

Gear Review: The North Face Wool Base Layer One Piece

Stay warmer and bunch-free in this worthy one-piece baselayer.

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve and Bottoms Baselayer

This layer raises the bar in moisture wicking technology.

Gear Review: MontBell Highland

A warm, packable down sweater at an affordable price.

Gear Guide 2012: Terramar HotTotties Thermolator Pro Crew and Tight Baselayers

HotTotties is Terramar's women's-only line, and it emphasizes femme-specific fit details–this top and bottom set is no exception.

Readers' Choice Field Gear Test

Four trail-proven picks from the winners of our Be a Gear Tester Contest

Editors' Picks with Associate Editor Kim Phillips

This associate map editor likes to stay well connected.

Prep Your Gear: Pack to Backcountry Ski

Use this advice to hone your backcountry layers for any trip length or conditions.

Gear Review: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody

You’ll get your money’s worth out of this spendy but multifunctional merino hoody

Gear Review: SmartWool Lightweight Asymmetrical Zip Baselayer

This midweight merino top sports a hidden 7-inch diagonal zip

Gear Review: Columbia Omni Heat Half-Zip Baselayer

With Columbia’s Omni-Heat technology you get the warmth of a much thicker baselayer from a thin fabric

Gear Review: Icebreaker Beast 150 Boxer Brief with Fly

A wool boxer brief for him (even if he hates wool).

Gear Review: Patagonia Switchback Bra

A sports bra with a very supportive wraparound design.

Gear Review: Stoic Merino Boy Boxer

A little bit of spandex helps these boy boxers (for her) stay in place.

Gear Review: Patagonia Kid's Capilene 3 Midweight Crew Baselayer

For outdoor kids, a baselayer that will keep them dry and warm.

Gear Review: Ibex Shak Lite Half Zip Baselayer

A heavyweight baselayer that's soft and fitted, and stretch and warm.

Gear Review: WinterSilks Long Sleeve Silk Wool Crewneck and Pant Baselayers

This 70/30 silk/wool baselayer keeps you warm while also wicking.

Gear Review: Patagonia L/S Polarized Tee Baselayer

A 100% polyester t-shirt that feels just like cotton.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Pace SS Baselayer

A polypropylene/polyester blended baselayer that wicks away sweat.

Almost Editors' Choice

5 near-perfect pieces of gear in our 2011 Editors' Choice testing

Editors' Choice 2011 Gold Award: Icebreaker Hopper T

Buy now, wear forever.

As Seen on The Martha Stewart Show

Our own gear diva met with Martha on December 20th to talk about cold-weather layering. Here's the gear Kristin suggested:

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: REI Sahara T-Shirt

Made from 50% recycled polyester (and 50% virgin poly) the Sahara has a relaxed fit, a soft cottony feel, and no-fuss styling.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: I/O BIO Contact 1 Boy Short and Top (Sports Bra)

Active ladies need active undies, and this ensemble fits the bill and still looks cute.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Baselayers

Keep your bod warm & toasty all fall and winter long.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Baselayers

Keep your core warm & toasty with these baselayers.

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck

A new fabric makes this synthetic zip-t odor free.

Gear Review: SmartWool NTS Microweight Crew

A superthin merino layer that is deceptively durable.

Gear Review: Ortovox Supersoft LS Zipper

The softest baselayer we've tested...ever.

Gear Review: Icebreaker GT 260 Pursuit/Express Legging

Baselayer bottoms that you can wear solo.

Gear Review: Merrell Ashby Zip T

A bargain layer that's pretty and tough.

Gear Review: Dale of Norway 180 Short Sleeve Crew

A short-sleeved baselayer for year-round wear.

Gear Review: Sherpa Adventure Gear Khushi Top

A built-in neck gaiter for her and a built-in hoody for him give this shirt head and neck protection.

Gear Review: Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight T-Neck

Patagonia updates this perennial favorite making it lighter, faster-drying, and softer then previous Capilene layers.

Gear Review: I/O Bio Merino Pilot Suit

A full-body baselayer (a.k.a. pilot or "union" suit) that's as warm as they come.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Verglas Hybrid Baselayer

Nordic skiiers and runners will love this moisture moving layer.

Gear Review: Boxers or Briefs?

Although perhaps not as sexy as a brand new Gore-Tex Pro hardshell, the most basic of baselayers is a crucial component of your backcountry enjoyment. We put three mens' styles to the test.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Pandra LS Henley

Budget Apparel Guide: Bargain Baselayers

For $35 or less, keep your core warm and toasty.

Gear Review: Kenyon Eco-Therm Base Layer

Recycled polyester and bamboo makes this a super green baselayer.

Gear Review: Hot Chillys PeachSkins Performance Wear Base Layer

A fuzzy top that never smells.

Gear Review: Wickers Softsilk Thermal Base Layer

Lightweight and fast drying

Gear Review: Outlast Mid-Weight Base Layers

Outlast fabric regulates your body temperature for you.

Gear Review: PolarMAX Tech Waffle Crew Base Layer

Ski patrol approved

Gear Review: REI MTS Polartec Power Dry Midweight Base Layer

A baselayer made for high-exertion activities.

Gear Review: L.L. Bean Cresta Wool Midweight Base Layer Crew

A cheap(er) merino crew that stays stink-free.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Power Stretch Tights

Toasty, stretchy tights you don't have to hide.

Gear Review: Cloudveil Run Don't Walk Boxers

Winter skivvies at their finest.

Gear Review: Isis Henna Hipster Underwear & Day Bra

These chafe-free undergarments also wick away moisture.

Gear Review: Patagonia Active Boxer Briefs & Ibex Zepher Boxers

Underwear for the outdoorsy man.

Toughest Gear: Patagonia Capilene Baselayer

25 years later, this Patagonia model is still the baselayer to beat.

Almost Editors' Choice 2010

These five finalists were close to the tops for our editors–for you they may be perfect.

Editors' Choice 2010: Patagonia Merino 1 Baselayer

Settle the wool-versus-synthetic debate once and for all: Get the best of both.

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Delta LT Zip

A super-versatile, fleecy layering piece

Gear Review: Sugio MidZero Zip Jersey

A midweight base layer for cool to cold weather hiking

Gear Review: Kombi Bamboo 4-Way Stretch 1/4 Zip-Neck

A lightweight layering piece make of bamboo

Gear Review: I/O Merino Contact Long-Sleeve Crib

A superlight wool base layer that shines 12 months a year

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Baselayers

From shorts to tops, we've got your core coverings.

Gear Review: Patagonia Merino 4 Zip-Neck Baselayer

You could live in this Patagonia merino baselayer for weeks.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Banff Body Suit

When it's extra cold, don this full body baselayer by Outdoor Research.

Gear Review: Ibex Balance Runner Shorts

Worn as underwear, or solo, these "runner shorts" are a versatile bottom base layer.

Gear Review: Icebreaker Longsleeve Velocity Zip Baselayer

This Icebreaker top is great for trail running and other high aerobic activities.

Gear Review: First Ascent Bat Hang Hoodie

This First Ascent top works as a baselayer and a jacket.

Gear Review: Columbia Mountain Tech Long Sleeve Top

This athletic baselayer feels like cotton but works like high-priced synthetic, for only $35.

Fall Apparel Guide 2009

Goal: Help you stay comfortable in any weather. Solution: Hike through two-week-long downpours and hurricane-force winds to bring you the best new gear for every trip.

Apparel Guide 2009: Baselayers

From fit to fabric, this year's shirts upgrade performance on every front.

Women's Fall Gear 2008

Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.

The Denali Test: Gear for America's Highest, Coldest Peak

Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.

Extreme Layering: All-Purpose Clothing

For all-purpose performance year-round, this layering system works overtime through any weather.

Extreme Layering: Rainy-Weather Clothing

Don't let a crappy forecast keep you home for the weekend. Just pack this deluge-tested system.

Extreme Layering: Hot-Weather Clothing

From the Grand Canyon to sunshine-pounded Colorado peaks, stay cool and comfortable with this ultralight system.

Extreme Layering: Cold-Weather Clothing

Our testers faced raging blizzards, pounding hail, frigid temps, and 60-mph winds to select these top clothes.

Extreme Layering: Clothing for all Weather Conditions

Wild weather coming? We've devised a perfect system for every condition.

2008 Apparel Guide: The Outtakes

We couldn't fit all of our reviews in one spot. Here, read the outtakes.

Kids' Stuff

Rain Shells

From $500 to under $150, Backpacker has found the best rain shells for blowing snow or driving rain.

Editor's Choice Green Award April 2006

Patagonia implements the Common Threads Recycling Program to reuse your old Capilene long underwear tops and bottoms

Backpacker February '08 Gear Test

It's cold out there -- but don't fret. We've tested and reviewed all the best gear to keep you warm, dry, and comfy when the mercury drops.

Gear Test: Outdoor Research Motiva Pants

The Backpacker gear ladies try out these tough OR pants.

Exclusive Online Content: Layer Up

Ward off the chill of cooler temps with these Backpacker-tested base layers and shells

Apparel Review: Arc'Teryx Ether Crew Short Sleeve

A little extra money buys a lot of extra wear with Arc'Teryx's latest T

Apparel Review: More For Your Money

Budget shopper or big spender? We have the perfect three-season layering system for you.

Apparel Review: Eider Diko Racing T-Shirt

A bargain base layer designed to maximize wicking and enhance layering

Layering For Winter

How to dress smart and stay warm when Old Man Winter blows in.

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