8th Day: Base Layers

On the 8th day, I re-confirmed the theory that the best way to stay warm in 4 degrees is to wear proper base layers, a great secondary layer, and your favorite jacket. Now if only I could find a way to keep my face warm on normal days without looking like I’m going to go rob a bank…

So, I know that while all the other posts so far have been about a specific brand or company, base layers are kind of a free for all. As long as they’re the right material, are comfortable, and durable – you have yourself a perfect way to keep warm. Personally, I use a brand that I can’t even find a website for (same for my snow pants too). The reason is pretty simple. I was able to get 5 of these base layer shirts for the price of one of the better known brands (Under Armour). I also have a bunch of other random brands thrown in my collection too.

Now, if you’re reading this and you know what a proper base layer is, then don’t feel compelled to read any further. Just know that places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls are oddly awesome at carrying this type of stuff, for both women and men.

If you don’t know what a base layer is, I’ll sum it up:

  • It’s the layer that is closest to your skin
  • It shouldn’t be cotton!
  • It’s usually made of polyester or some type of synthetic, but there are some awesome wool varieties
  • They’re designed to wick away moisture from your skin to keep you dry and WARM

Up tomorrow: Dakine Tuning Set


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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!