Gear Review: Wickers Softsilk Thermal Base Layer

Lightweight and fast drying

[lightweight]

Feels like silk, dries like polyester. Wickers delivers with a micro-denier poly fabric that has extra-fine fibers, which are incredibly soft while still performing like traditional polyester. The shiny, tightly woven fabric efficiently wicked sweat on a multi-day ski tour on Norway’s glaciers, and dried fast after rainy spring runs in Colorado. Though micro-denier fabrics are notoriously snag-prone, we encountered no problems during six weeks of testing. Both tops and bottoms run narrow and short, so size up. $22 (top or bottom); 4.1 oz.; men’s S-XXL, women’s S-XL; wickers.com