Good baselayers are not only essential for backpacking excursions, they are just as practical for a run in the park or an outdoor market trip. Backpacker tests a wide range of styles and fabrics to find out which baselayers perform best in different active and everyday life situations. We check for comfort, durability, moisture wicking, and other vital performance features.
Best value baselayer
From a precision-engineered jacket with a built-in mask to a titanium fire pit to a rollicking adventure book, our writers pick their favorite backpacking gifts of the year.
Unique design makes these layers extra-breathable.