Base Layer Buying Guide

February 01, 2019

Base Layer Buying Guide

A base layer provides the critical foundation to any layering system, whether it is in hot climates or cool temperatures.

Facilitating temperature regulation and perspiration management, a base layer helps to keep you warm and dry in the winter, and cool and dry in the summer.

There is no one base layer that is optimal for all conditions. Base layers come in a variety of materials, cuts and styles. To maximise performance in any given environment, it is necessary to consider the different varieties of base layers.

To provide optimal comfort and performance in all conditions, GripGrab has developed a complete range of base layers, for all budgets and riding environments.



Cold Conditions Winter Base Layers

Most winter base layers are long sleeved. The insulation of the lower arms helps warm blood from the body's core to flow down to the hands, keeping the extremity region warm.

Cold condition base layers are also available in some short-sleeved varieties. This is because in the transition seasons you might want added protection and insulation for your core, but you want to retain the ability to regulate temperature by wearing arm warmers.

Winter base layers are available in a variety of materials too, each with benefits.

Merino Wool Winter Base Layers – Merino wool is unique, because its ultra-fine yarns make it beautifully soft; as well as a superb insulator, even when wet. The finer yarn also helps to provide greater stretch than other natural materials. These properties make it an excellent choice for a winter base layer.

Seamless Winter Base Layers Seamless garments are made using a circular knit technology, which means they require no stitching. The technology provides a high-stretch synthetic fabric that is cost effective to create; with good insulation and good wicking capabilities. Consider the GripGrab Expert Long Sleeve Thermal Base Layer as a superb example of a seamless base layer.

Windproof Winter Base Layers– The latest man-made fabric technology has allowed the creation of superfine knits, which provide a protective windproof shield. Despite their protective nature, these fabrics retain a high breathability level that allows the body to breathe, and perspiration to escape. Windproof panels on the front of a winter base layer give added protection from the elements.

Warp-Knit Winter Base Layers – For the ultimate fit, consider warp-knitted base layers. The pioneering technology allows fabric thickness to be contoured throughout a garment, as well as it being seamless. The result is that you can place added insulation in specific areas of a winter base layer, yet also integrate high-stretch areas to provide a superb fit. This is the height of base layer technology. View the GripGrab Freedom Seamless Thermal Base Layer as an example of a state-of-the-art winter base layer. 



Hot Conditions Summer Base Layers

The primary role of a summer base layer is to wick (transport) perspiration away from your body and allow it to evaporate. This aids comfort by keeping you dry, and by delivering a cooling effect.

Summer base layers are either sleeveless or short sleeved. In some conditions, you value the added protection for your shoulders, but at other times you want minimal fabric under your outer layer.

Ultralight Mesh Summer Base Layers– In the heat of the summer, an open weave mesh base layer will deliver the greatest wicking performance. With minimal fabric surface area, it allows moisture to be transported away from the skin quickly, whilst only trapping the smallest amount of heat beneath the fabric. Consider the GripGrab Ultralight Sleeveless Mesh Base Layer as the ultimate layer for when you are working hard in the summer heat.    

3-Season Mesh Base Layers– The key with 3-season base layers is to maximise versatility; with a layer that is both effective at wicking away perspiration, but also lightly insulating. The mesh material is heavier weight than the Ultralight base layers, but still provides a second-skin feel. Consider the GripGrab 3-Season Sleeveless Base Layer and GripGrab 3-Season Short Sleeved Base Layer as notable examples of this versatile layer for warm and mild conditions.

Light Insulation Multi-Sport Seamless Summer Base Layers– Using similar technologies to those found in the seamless winter base layers, the GripGrab Expert Seamless Lightweight Base Layer SS is a short sleeved variation of the performance layer. Because the fabric is less of a mesh material than other summer base layers, this base layer is also ideal for use as a technical tee when taking part in any outdoor sports activity; it helps to keep you dry, comfortable, and take the chill out of cooler summer days. 


A complete range of base layers, with a variety of materials and knits, will mean there is a base layer for every budget, and all weather conditions.


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