The Best Base and Midlayers of 2019
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Tights and insulators to keep you warm and feeling strong
Direct Alpine Mountain Series Bora Jacket ($230)
We appreciate an athletically cut jacket that doesn’t bind up. No wonder the Bora (women’s pictured) is at the top of our list—the waist flares and the arms moved with us as we swung our ski poles. Supple Polartec Alpha Direct on the interior wicked moisture and kept us warm on the slopes.
Corbeaux 3/4 Centennial Leggings ($89)
Layered under ski pants, the polyester-spandex Centennial (men’s pictured) kicks ass. “Felt great against my skin, and excellent temperature regulation kept it from getting too hot,” one tester said. On top of that, the three-quarter-length leg and wide waistband didn’t bunch.
Saxx Black Sheep Merino Tights ($96)
These soft, flat-seamed bottoms for men feature Saxx’s much loved BallPark pouch, adding a welcome dose of support and protection against chafing. That meant exceptional comfort on a four-hour ski tour. The mix of stretchy merino and spandex help them ski and hike effortlessly.
Eddie Bauer Fluxlite Stretch Midlayer ($179)
This midlayer shines for its simplicity. “It’s streamlined and hoodless, so it works underneath a jacket the way it should,” said a tester. More remarkable was how well the Fluxlite (men’s pictured) insulated and breathed on 40- and zero-degree days alike, thanks to synthetic knit insulation.
Big Agnes Tiago Down Sweater ($180)
The women’s Tiago is clearly built with athletes in mind. “Big Agnes gave it a longer cut and more room, which increased the functionality and wearability considerably,” a tester said. With 700-fill down, the Tiago was perfect for subzero lift rides at Bridger Bowl; at just 13 ounces, it’s a good choice for the backcountry, too.
Outdoor Research Alpine Onset Half Zip Hoodie ($129)
Testers lauded the Alpine Onset (men’s pictured) as the most versatile base layer of the bunch. A full-coverage hood delivered amazing sun protection on spring ski outings, and that warm-weather performance was made even better by a deep zipper that drops low on the chest—perfect for dumping (or retaining) heat.