A Breakdown of Baselayers

A Breakdown of Baselayers

  • 08 June 2020
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  • First Ascent

Arguably the most important layer, the baselayer helps to regulate the bodies core temperature by wicking moisture away from your body to keep you dry and comfortable. From hiking to cycling, select a base layer which is optimally suited to the type of activity and conditions, cause staying dry is key to staying warm. 

Each baselayer offers its own unique properties, from quick-drying, odour control to improved recovery post-exercise.

Derma-Tec Baselayer:

Derma-Tec is unquestionably the most advanced performance baselayer. Featuring cutting-edge Body Mapping Technology (BMT) for differential insulation, and compression benefits for accelerated recovery, this is the baselayer of choice for every high-performance activity.

First Ascent - Derma Tec Long Sleeve Baselayer First Ascent - Derma Tec Long Johns
Derma-Tec Long Sleeve Baselayer Top Derma-Tec Long Johns Baselayer

Best use: Running, Skiing and Cycling

Fit: Close fit for maximum performance. Polypropylene blended with elastane creates a super stretchy fabric for optimum moisture-wicking and heat retention.

Fabric: Fabric is created using a differential knit, providing different fabric coverings on specific body areas.

Fabric Composition: 60% Polypropylene 34% polyamide 6 % Elastane

Fabric weight: Mid-weight: 225g/m2

Tech Features: Use of body mapping technology (BMT) allows for better regulation of your body’s temperature, providing warmth to areas that need it most and increasing breathability in areas of the body that tend to overheat.

First Ascent - Derma-Tec - baselayer

Heatshield Long Sleeve Tops:

Polartec® Power Dry® pulls moisture directly from the skin and transfers it to the outer surface to quickly dissipate. This continuous evaporation process helps to keep you cool, as your body heat increases and warm when temperatures begin to drop. The technology used to control moisture is the highest priority for baselayers and next-to-skin surfaces, making the Heatshield long sleeve the ultimate cycling baselayer.

First Ascent - Men's Heatshield Long Sleeve Top First Ascent - Ladies Heatshield Long Sleeve Top
Men's Heatshield Long Sleeve Top Ladies Heatshield Long Sleeve Top

Best use: Running, Hiking and Cycling

Fit: Slim fit.

Fabric Composition: 100% Polyester

Fabric weight: Mid-weight: 134g/m2

Tech Features: Superior wicking and fast drying for added comfort. Lightweight, easy-care fabric for hassle-free washing. UPF50+ protection.

First Ascent - Heatshield Top

Polypropylene Baselayer

Whether you’re a mountaineer or sports enthusiast, Polypropylene is the definitive choice when quick-drying thermal retention is at stake. Also incorporating Bamboo Charcoal for odour combating benefits.

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Polypropylene Long Sleeve Baselayer Polypropylene Long John Baselayer

Best use: Cycling, Running and Hiking

Fit: Bamboo has a silky, natural feel, making for a comfortable fitted garment.

Fabric: Polypropylene does not absorb moisture due to the closed cell structure of the Polypropylene yarn, keeping you dry, fresh and odour free.

Fabric Composition: 85% Polypropylene 15% Bamboo

Fabric weight: Lightweight: 160g/m2

Tech features: Keeps you warm, even when wet. Excellent body heat retention due to polypropylene’s low conductive properties.

First Ascent - Polypropylene Baselayer

Bamboo Baselayer

Feel exceptionally comfortable in this versatile blend of Polyester and natural Bamboo baselayer.

First Ascent - Men's Bamboo Long Sleeve Baselayer First Ascent - Men's Bamboo Long John Baselayer
Men's Bamboo Thermal Long Sleeve Baselayer Top Men's Bamboo Thermal Long John Baselayer
First Ascent - Ladies Bamboo Long Sleeve Baselayer First Ascent - Ladies Bamboo Long John Baselayer
Ladies Bamboo Thermal Long Sleeve Baselayer Top Ladies Bamboo Thermal Long John Baselayer

Best use: Active, Running and Hiking

Fit: Bamboo has a silky, natural feel, allowing for a more comfortable next-to-skin garment.

Fabric: Bamboo aids in moving moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry. Anti-bacterial properties, ensure that you remain odour free.

Fabric Composition: 85% Polyester 15% Bamboo

Fabric weight: Lightweight: 162g/m2

Tech Features: Carbonised bamboo absorbs excess UV rays before they make contact with your skin, preventing sun burn.

First Ascent - Bamboo Baselayer

Viloft Baselayer

Made from a unique blend of Polyester and VILOFT© with Spandex , the Viloft baselayer is lightweight, soft and a comfortable next-to-skin garment.

First Ascent - Men's Viloft Long Sleeve Baselayer Top First Ascent - Men's Viloft Long John Baselayer
Men's Viloft Thermal Long Sleeve Baselayer Top Men's Viloft Thermal Long Johns Baselayer
First AScent - ladies Viloft Long Sleeve Baselayer Top First Ascent - Ladies Viloft Long John Baselayer
Ladies Viloft Thermal Long Sleeve Baselayer Top Ladies Viloft Thermal Long Johns Baselayer

Best use: Camping, Outdoors  

Fit: Viloft features great stretch and an extremely soft touch.

Fabric: Viloft’s flat fibre cross-section gives it excellent thermal insulation properties. The modified cross-section creates air chambers in textiles, which act as a buffer against the cold.

Fabric Composition: 48% Viloft© 47% Polyester 5% Spandex

Fabric weight: Ligthweight: 160g/m2

Tech Features: Viloft’s fabrics have up to 30% higher thermal insulation than Cotton fabrics. Just a small percentage of Viloft is enough to make a significant difference in textile warmth. Viloft transports moisture away from the body and inhibits the growth of bacteria.

First Ascent - Viloft Baselayer

BASELAYER AS A LAYERING ITEM

Baselayers are an essential garment and form the foundation layer within the layering system. It is important that when selecting your outerwear, to consider items which can be layered together for ultimate warmth, yet preserve your ability to move freely and in comfort.

Baselayers should be fitted on your body in order to maintain temperature and wick-moisture away from the body's surface. It is extremely important to select the correct baselayer for the type of activity, in order to improve its efficiency.

CARING FOR YOUR BASELAYER

Looking after your baselayer has never been easier! To increase the lifespan of your baselayer, we recommend using a technical apparel wash and wash by hand, else alternatively a cold machine wash. We do not recommend the use of a fabric softener, or the tumble drying of your baselayer.