What are base layers?
Base layers are light-to-wear articles of clothing—such as underwear, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and leggings—that are worn under your clothes to provide extra warmth. Base layers not only provide an extra layer of warmth when it’s cold out, but they also wick away and absorb moisture & sweat, ensuring that you’re always comfortable and dry while on the move. They’re an absolute must-have in your closet if you spend a lot of time outdoors during the chillier months of the year!
Base layers can be used for all kinds of outdoor activities and sports when it’s below 15°C. But not all base layers are made the same. One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing base layers is the material. Most are made from polyester, a polyester mix, or wool such as Merino wool. All are designed to wick away moisture or allow sweat to evaporate through the fabric, while still keeping you warm. Cotton, on the other hand, is not a great material for base layers, as it absorbs moisture. When you break a sweat, it’ll begin to feel heavy and when you stop for a break, the damp cotton will make you feel chilled. Best to avoid that!
So which material is superior? Merino wool! Why? Because while Merino wool and polyester share many qualities, Merino wool has that one added bonus — it’s odor resistant. Plus, it’s incredibly soft to the touch and non-itchy (given that it’s wool).
Run, bike, hike—without the stink
Considering they are often worn while doing strenuous activities, the fact that Merino wool base layers won’t start to seriously smell after one day is amazing. In fact, you can wear them for a couple of days without any major odor problems. Just air them out over night, and you’re good to go the next day!
This also means that your base layers will last longer, since the lifetime of clothes gets shortened with every wash. So, while Merino wool costs more than their polyester counterparts, they’re higher quality and won’t need to be replaced as quickly with proper care.
Shield yourself from the cold
The Copenhagen-based brand MESSYWEEKEND™️ has recently launched a line of 100% Merino wool base layers and snow accessories perfect for this autumn/winter season. The black, long-sleeved Base Layer Shirt has a looser fit, so you can wear it under another shirt/sweater or as a shirt itself. The Base Layer Pants – well, they’re more like capri leggings – have a tighter fit, making them perfect to wear under jeans or pants without them sticking out below the hem.
MESSYWEEKEND™️ also sell a Neck Tube and Balaclava both made out of double-layered prime Merino wool that is extremely soft and comfy. They’ll keep your neck and face warm when out walking, biking, running – any outdoor activity really. Additionally, since they are dual-layered, you can even use them as a mask when you pop into a store or take public transportation—just pull it up over your nose and you’re good to go!
Very nice, but what’s the price?
The shirt and the pants will each set you back €90 (so €180 for those of us useless at math), while the neck tube costs €45. Currently they are running an Autumn offer: get a FREE MESSYWEEKEND™️ beanie (made from 100% recycled polyester) with every purchase with the discount code “AUTUMN”. All you have to do is add the beanie to your cart and use the code at the checkout to redeem the offer.
But wait, there’s more! For each product sold, they donate part of the revenue to their Clean Oceans parterns Plastic Change and ReSea Project to clean up the equivalent of 5 plastic bottles / 100 straws / 10 plastic bags from our oceans! We love a brand that goes above and beyond what is expected of them, as do most of their Trustpilot reviewers, who gave MESSYWEEKEND™️ 4.7 out of 5 stars. Very impressive for a small startup!