Sometimes, it’s the things you don’t notice that make a baselayer shine. That’s the case with this set. From fat bike rides to backcountry ski tours, we never had to worry about restricted movement, soaking in sweat, or shivering when temps dipped. The Base 2.0’s polyester-elastane blend (the reason for the wallet-friendly price) is gridded to trap heat and wick moisture, which kept us comfortable from 0°F to 40°F when paired with a shell. Tradeoff: Although it’s treated with an anti-stink agent, the material got pretty funky after
a few wears.
The separate neck gaiter and hood sealed out gusts and slid easily under a helmet. The pants work nicely for skiing, too, thanks to a bunch-free knicker cut and a yoga-style waistband. Gripes: The fabric has a “crunchy” feel and Under Armour’s usual tight fit, which left some testers feeling constricted and exposed.
“I had to wait for my ski tour group in an open basin with gusty winds and expected to go from burning hot to freezing cold, but these bottoms kept me cozy,” says a Colorado tester. “I cooled down, but the tights didn’t trap sweat against my legs.”
Hoodie: $65; 9.3 oz.; Pants: $55; 6 oz. underarmour.com