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Best Baselayers

Baselayers are probably the most crucial, least interesting, part of your ski kit. To shorten your selection process, here are our faves.

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Merino with a touch of Lycra to give it stretch, the wicking, quick drying Sprint Crewe, from Icebreaker’s GT line is the perfect layer to wear on…

Merino with a touch of Lycra to give it stretch, the wicking, quick drying Sprint Crewe, from Icebreaker’s GT line is the perfect layer to wear on uphill-downhill missions, especially if you want everyone to be able to see your muscles. 

$100; http://icebreaker.com

Developed in the 70s, HH Dry Revolution technology uses ultra-soft Lifa® fibers designed to push moisture away from the body. This slim-fit long…

Developed in the 70s, HH Dry Revolution technology uses ultra-soft Lifa® fibers designed to push moisture away from the body. This slim-fit long sleeve has a minimalist design that cuts down on seams, giving you maximum comfort and range of motion.

$40; http://shop.hellyhansen.com

This stretchy mid-weight layer is marketed as Patagonia’s “most versatile synthetic baselayer,” meaning these are your go-to skivvies no matter what…

This stretchy mid-weight layer is marketed as Patagonia’s “most versatile synthetic baselayer,” meaning these are your go-to skivvies no matter what the occasion. The double-knit fabric is brushed on the inside for warmth, and has a smooth, jersey exterior for sliding beneath layers. Also features a gusseted crotch for freedom of — ahem — movement.

MSRP: $49; http://www.patagonia.com

Montanian-owned Phar North makes thermal layers that are useful on and off the snow. The Alpine High uses a polyester waffle material to regulate…

Montanian-owned Phar North makes thermal layers that are useful on and off the snow. The Alpine High uses a polyester waffle material to regulate temperature in both warm and cold conditions. In addition to keeping you warm, the thermal’s graphic design and tall-tee fit with undoubtedly keep you steezy as well.  XXL only.

$25; http://pharnorth.com/  

From the Backcountry.com-owned Stoic brand comes this lightweight bottom layer, which is ideal for off-piste enthusiasts. Highly breathable and soft…

From the Backcountry.com-owned Stoic brand comes this lightweight bottom layer, which is ideal for off-piste enthusiasts. Highly breathable and soft merino wool retains body heat while wicking away moisture, and also resists odor-causing bacteria. Ending just below the knee, the ¾ length eliminates bunching in your boots, and flatlock seams limit rubbing while on the move.

$70; http://stoicgear.com

The problem with most baselayers is that they look like baselayers, i.e. dorky, tight, and not appropriate for après unless you still have your boots…

The problem with most baselayers is that they look like baselayers, i.e. dorky, tight, and not appropriate for après unless you still have your boots on. Enter the Chester, a baselayer that looks like a normal everyday shirt.  Sneaky, awesome.

$60; http://dakine.com

On the non-dorky layers for ladies front Nau offers up the merino M1 Rib Crew, which is stink resistant, warm and wicking, and cute enough to wear…

On the non-dorky layers for ladies front Nau offers up the merino M1 Rib Crew, which is stink resistant, warm and wicking, and cute enough to wear even when you aren’t skiing.    

$90; http://www.nau.com