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Base Layer Clothing

Layering in the outdoors is important, but materials matter. Base layers made of synthetics and wool are vastly better at keeping one dry and warm in the outdoors.

Heat is conducted 25 times faster through water than through air - which means that removing sweat and moisture from skin surfaces is paramount to retaining body heat. The action of drawing moisture from the skin surface to the outside of a garment is known as “wicking.” A lightweight wicking base layer made from Merino Wool provides ultimate wicking performance and dries quickly to keep you warm day after day.

Merino Wool Clothing vs Cotton

We’ve all been told that layering clothing is the best way to dress when going outdoors, and it’s true, but materials matter too. The ubiquitous cotton t-shirt is perfect in hot summer weather, as the cotton will hold the moisture next to your skin, and help cool you down. But that same cotton t-shirt in February, even if layered under other garments is guaranteed to work against your core temperature, for the exactly the same reason.

Cotton doesn’t wick, and therefore it doesn’t make a good base layer. It can make an excellent outer, or top layer, but cotton right on the skin is best left to hot climates and muggy summer days. Synthetics and wool do a much better job wicking, so base layers made from these materials are vastly better at keeping one dry and warm. A lightweight wicking base layer can be removed and dried overnight, then worn the next day, ready to provide wicking duty on the “front line” of thermal protection.

Types of Base/Mid Layers

Woolpower LITE Woolpower's LITE is their thinnest fabric, woven as a flat knit from a mix of fine merino wool and nylon.
Ullfrotte Original - 200g/m² Base Layers Woolpower's Ullfrotté Original 200g/m² features a terry-loop weave for superior wicking and temperature regulation.
Ullfrotte Original - 400g/m² Base Layers Woolpower's Ullfrotté Original 400g/m² also features a terry-loop weave in a heavier, thicker fabric.
Ullfrotte Original - 400g/m² Mid Layers Mid-weight terry-loop weave material designed to be used over base layers.

Our Base/Mid Layers

We stock only the best in Base/Mid Layers so you can rest assured knowing you're COEC Equipped.
Woolpower Full Zip Jacket
Woolpower Full Zip JacketThe perfect mid layer jacket- full zip sweater has high, reinforced collar and cuffs with thumb holes, and has a longer back to avoid gaps.
Woolpower Crewneck
Woolpower CrewneckA perfect cold weather base layer - extremely effective at wicking away moisture, while retaining precious body heat.
Woolpower LITE Crewneck
Woolpower LITE CrewneckThe Woolpower LITE crewneck is great as a base layer in cool weather, can be used in combination with other Woolpower layers, or used as a thermal layer during aerobic activity in colder weather that wicks moisture, and combats odour and bacteria.
Woolpower Long Johns
Woolpower Long JohnsYou haven't felt what a difference a great pair of long johns make until you've tried these long johns form Woolpower - made of acircularly knit fabric, and as a result, have no lengthwise seams down the legs. A gusset in the back ensures optimal comfort, and leg cuffs are sewn in.
Woolpower Zip Turtleneck
Woolpower Zip TurtleneckA perfect base or mid layer - the short zipper on the Zip Turtleneck allows for ventilation. Made of a circular knit fabric, it has no lengthwise seams, can be machine washed and dried, and is available in two weights: 200g/m² or 400g/m².
Woolpower Long Johns with Fly
Woolpower Long Johns with FlyYou haven't felt what a difference a great pair of long johns until you've tried these - made of a circular knit fabric, they have no lengthwise seams. A gusset in the back ensures optimal comfort. Cuffs are sewn in.
Woolpower LITE Tee
Woolpower LITE TeeThe Woolpower LITE tee shirt features Woolpower's new LITE material constructed with a rib knit and made with 80% merino wool (superfine, 19.5 microns). The merino wool is combined with 20% of synthetic polyamide fiber (nylon), to create a stronger and more durable garment.
Woolpower LITE Zip Turtleneck
Woolpower LITE Zip TurtleneckThe Woolpower LITE zip turtle neck is a highly versatile merino base layer that allows for venting and covering the base of the neck - making it perfect for fall or early spring weather with cold mornings and evenings, or for aerobic activity like running, hiking, or cycling. Made in Sweden, and sewn by a single seamstress (who outs her name tag in each garment), the Woolpower LITE zip turtleneck is a high quality, functional, adaptable merino wool base layer.
Woolpower LITE Women's Long Johns
Woolpower LITE Women's Long JohnsWoolpower LITE long johns for women are great as a cool weather base, or as a thermal layer during aerobic activity in colder weather (jogging, running, skiing, skating,etc..)
Woolpower LITE Men's Boxer Brief Underwear
Woolpower LITE Men's Boxer Brief UnderwearWoolpower LITE men's briefs solve that one piece of the puzzle that was always elusive - how to avoid cotton underwear under other Woolpower layers.
Woolpower LITE Men's Long Johns
Woolpower LITE Men's Long JohnsWoolpower LITE long johns for men are great as a thermal layer during aerobic activity in colder weather (jogging, running, skiing, skating,etc..) or as a lightweight cool weather base.
Woolpower LITE Xlong Men's Boxer Briefs
Woolpower LITE Xlong Men's Boxer BriefsNew Woolpower LITE Xlong men's briefs provide more leg coverage and better thermal protection in cool spring or fall weather, or under cycling or athletic shorts or leggings while jogging or skiing.
Woolpower LITE Tee (Discontinued Style)
Woolpower LITE Tee (Discontinued Style)The Woolpower LITE tee shirt features Woolpower's new LITE material constructed with a rib knit and made with 80% merino wool (superfine, 19.5 microns). The merino wool is combined with 20% of synthetic polyamide fiber (nylon), to create a stronger and more durable garment. The black with green stitching style is now discontinued.

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