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

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

Midweight

“The best of both worlds,” says one tester of the WinterSilks Long Sleeve Silk Wool Crewneck and Pant. Silk (70 percent) adds warmth, while wool (30 percent) lends moisture management and prevents stink buildup. Wearing just this layer under a softshell, our tester stayed warm while hiking on a breezy, 30°F day in Colorado’s Pawnee National Grassland. The fabric proved durable through two months of testing and washing. Ding: Sensitive testers say it’s itchy. $42; 5.5 oz. each (m’s M); wintersilks.com

See all "essential" reviews from the 2011 Gear

Guide