We picked the best layers for skiing that can get the job done keeping your body temperature regulated. Thermal underwear for men can be used for skiing and riding, and even year-round activities depending on the material and weight.
The Best Base Layers for Skiing 2020
The tried and true Patagonia Capline Base Layer continues to improve year after year. Don’t just think of base layers and thermal underwear for skiing and riding either. Everyone you know should own one of these essential pieces of clothing. Its easily one of the best base layers for skiing ever made. What’s great about Patagonia’s Capilene is it works wonders when used as intended as a base layer, yet can double as a nice around the town piece with a great fit that’s not too baggy. Once you experience the temperature regulation that’s offered in Patagonia’s Capilene you may find yourself reaching into your underwear a lot more often.
Fabric: Polartec Power Grid 100% polyester (93% recycled) double knit.
Take away some of the fancy features of the Patagonia Capilene and you get your less expensive, fully functional, traditional ski base layer. Made of “super-lightweight” and “high-performance Helly Hansen Lifa Base Layer material, this base layer will certainly keep you cool on those long tours, with quick dry-technology protecting you from getting too cold at the end of the day.
For the fair price of 45 dollars, grab this base layer which is modestly priced and highly functional. This base layer can be best used for anything from a solid resort pow day to your everyday outdoor activities off the snow such as running, hiking, biking. And camping.
Fabric: HH LIFA
Fit: Form-Fitting to Tight
Weight: Midweight to Heavy
The Burton Midweight Base Layer top can have you feeling comfortable and warm on the hill while also looking good off the hill.
This base layer is not without its special features as well. The thumb holes in the sleeves along with a built-in neckwarmer help make Burton’s piece a stylish and versatile piece of clothing. Burton designed a well priced, functional, and relatively stylish base-layer.
This quick-drying fabric stretches for comfort and breathes so that during any activity, you can stay dry with Scent Prevent™ Anti-microbial technology. One of the best base layers for snowboarding, skiing and just about anything outdoors in the winter, and it looks rad.
Fabric: 93% Polyester, 7% Spandex Fabric
Made in the USA with a low carbon footprint Polarmax Base Layers that can be used 365 days a year. Constructed out of 96% TransDRY cotton, a revolutionary moisture-wicking material, and 4% spandex that combining together for a comfortable fit that is quick-drying and breathable.
Comfortable, flat seams to keep this breathable thermal underwear fabric close to your skin, so Polarmax fits easily and comfortably under any clothing.
Polarmax technical base layers focus on “next to skin” comfort that combines only the finest in innovative textile chemistry and fabric development.
After you get all sweaty not to worry as Polarmax underwear features Acclimate fresh anti-microbial protection that will keep the stink on the other guys and off you. Comfortable flat seams that sit next to the skin make wearing Polarmax under bike jersey or running pants a breeze, no more rashes!!
Fabric: 86% Acclimate Dry Polyester / 14% Spandex
One of the best lightweight base layers on the list comes from Ridge Merino based in Mammoth Lakes, California. What Ridge Merino Base Layers offers is a lightweight, breathable piece of gear that can be worn throughout the year. This gear was built for skiers and riders by locals in Mammoth. Ridge Merino is the perfect Merino wool base layers for trail running in the spring, hiking early mornings or for spending a long day skiing and snowboarding.
Fabric: 84% Merino Wool, 16% Nylon
Fit: Form Fitting
My favorite base layer as of late goes to a new company called Kora. Developed in the Himalayas, the Kora Shole 230 Yak Wool Base Layer has been the go-to piece of insulation in the high mountains for a heck of a long time. Kora has a great story behind this wool, it’s harvested by nomad families in the Qinghai Tibet plateau in the Himalayas, talk about stuff you can feel good about wearing. Plus Yak Wool is super soft, doesn’t itch and according to Kora, it’s 66% more breathable and 40% warmer, weight for weight than traditional Merino wool.
Fabric: Kora Yak Wool
Fit: Tight, Form Fitting