Lady shredders, here are seven base layer sets you need to get your hands on

Lady shredders, here are seven base layer sets you need to get your hands on

Featured Image: Courtesy of Kari Traa

When it comes to winter exploration in the mountains, what you’re wearing next to skin will arguably make or break your day. Having the right fabric and fit in your base layer accounts for adequate body temperature regulation, moisture wicking and overall comfort. From natural fibers like Merino wool and synthetics like nylon and polyester to the weight of the fabric to added performance features like thumb holes and hoods, there’s a lot to consider when snatching up a new set of underwear. Below are seven sets of base layers that I’ve tried over the course of the season and have successfully stood up to sweaty ascents, below-zero temps and waist-deep powder days.

Mauna Kea Raglan and Legging, Wild Rye

PHOTO: Courtesy of Wild Rye / Ray Gadd

First of all, this may very well be the most stylish set of base layers on the market right now. With a design inspired by Hawaii’s highest peak, the Mauna Kea base layer set from Wild Rye performs as well as it looks. Made of 100 percent Merino wool, this top and bottom keep you warm, dry and smelling fresh no matter what you just accomplished in them. This set also has a more contemporary fit, meaning the top is a bit looser and boasts a longer silhouette to promote ease of movement. Meanwhile, thumb holes keep the sleeves in place and a wide, iridescent waistband on the legging ups the comfort ante so you can go from bagging peaks to aprés drinks sans outfit change.

Women’s Classic Ninja Suit, Airblaster

PHOTO: Courtesy of Airblaster

For frigid ski days, the Classic Ninja Suit from Airblaster has become a go-to for me. This one-piece, mid-weight base layer is made of 94 percent polyester and 6 percent lycra for superior moisture wicking and stretch and does an incredible job of holding in body heat. A full chest zipper makes stepping in and out of this baby super simple, and a 350-degree waist zipper makes for quick and easy bathroom breaks. One of my favorite features of this piece has to be the hood with a hole in the back for a ponytail so I can keep my hair tied back without sacrificing a draft down my back on blustery days. If hoods aren’t your thing, the Classic Ninja Suit is also available without one.

The Gentoo and Serval Bra, Matek

PHOTO: Courtesy of Matek

Matek made its debut this year offering Technical Performance Intimates and, let me tell you, the brand hit the nail on the head with its one-piece base layer, the Gentoo (pictured above), and the Serval bra. By combining technical materials with a performance-enhancing fit, the Gentoo is a dream next-to-skin layer thanks to its recycled nylon material. By incorporating mesh on the calves, Matek ensures you won’t experience sock slide or bunching underneath your boots for all-day comfort. Last but not least is the easy-access butt flap, making bathroom breaks a breeze. Pair the Gentoo with the Serval bra and you’ve got yourself a killer combination for slaying the slopes.

Women’s Le Base 200 Lightweight Crew and Bottom, Le Bent

PHOTO: Courtesy of Le Bent

When it’s from Le Bent you know it’s going to be le good. That sentiment is certainly true with the new Le Base 200 top and bottom. Made from the brand’s signature blend of Rayon from bamboo and Merino wool, the Le Base 200 is one of the most versatile base layers I’ve come across. Despite being lightweight, this layer has proved time and time again that it will keep me warm when it’s cold and dry when I start working up a sweat. Boasting a compression-like fit with flat seams and a high-waisted band on the bottoms, the Le Base 200 is the perfect piece for sun-up-to-sun-down wear.

Women’s Aspect Midweight Merino Wool Long Sleeve and Bottoms, Ridge Merino

PHOTO: Courtesy of Ridge Merino

When the going gets rough the Women’s Aspect Midweight Merino Wool base layer will stand up to any challenge.The Aspect top and bottom are both made using a nylon-core spun Merino wool the brand has dubbed (m)Force Technology, which adds some multi-season durability to these layering pieces. A crotch gusset and a slightly higher back rise improves the fit of the bottoms and a longer silhouette in the top ensures you’ll stay tucked and loaded all day long, no matter how rigorous the activity. Added bonus: the top comes in several different colors for an extra dose of style.

Women’s Fair Lines Long Sleeve and Long Johns, Pally’Hi

Go from the slopes to the streets in the Women’s Fair Lines long sleeve and long johns. Made from 100 percent Merino wool, this base layer is function-focused, keeping you toasty warm when the thermometer drops, dry when things start heating up and stink free all of the time. Featuring screen printed hand-drawn hoops on the left arm and leg, the Fair Lines top and bottom are effortlessly rad and totally functional.

Akle Long Sleeve and Pant, Kari Traa

PHOTO: Courtesy of Kari Traa

When you see a Kari Traa product, you know it. Founded by Norwegian Olympic skier, Kari Traa, the brand was developed “by girls for girls,” and has become one of the fastest-growing sports brands in Europe. Combining 100-percent Merino wool with unique designs, Kari Traa base layers are quickly becoming a fan favorite in the U.S., including the Akle long sleeve and pant. Whether you’re hitting the resort or stepping onto the skin track, the Akle base layer is the perfect match for any winter activity thanks to it’s temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking capabilities, plus its natural ability to diffuse stink. With a multitude of colors, the Akle is made for every mountain woman.

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