Merino wool base layer for men has to be durable and warm. Depending on your activity you will want to make sure you have the right garments to make your day on the job site or out in the wilderness a little more enjoyable... show more ↓
Our Woolx merino wool thermals for men incorporate style from a world class designer. Our designs were tested again and again for functionality, durability, and warmth, which is probably the most important factor of all. Our men's merino wool base layers come in three different weights. With three weights you can pick what is best for you depending on where your adventures will lead you for the day.
Outdoor clothing is designed for practicality. You need gear that will keep you cool when it’s hot and keep you warm when it’s cold. Regardless of the temperature you always want to stay dry. But these aren’t the only concerns you need to account for when purchasing performance clothing. For many people, the weight, space, and expense of their gear are just as important as its functionality. Whether you’re filling your backpack for a long distance hike or just trying to cram all your gear in a carry-on for your next ski trip, properly layering your clothing is the key to getting the performance you need from as few pieces as possible.
Men's merino wool baselayer pieces are designed to work together as a layering system, providing superior temperature and moisture control to the wearer. By layering different weights of our Woolx 100% merino wool pieces you’ll be ready to face the elements without having to purchase or pack a different item for every type of weather condition you might encounter.
Base Layer – Moisture Control and Warmth
The primary purpose of a base layer is to keep the wearer warm and dry. This next-to-the-skin layer has to be soft and comfortable while it wicks moisture away from the body. Merino wool is naturally able to pull moisture away from the skin through the process of capillary action. Wool absorbs sweat away from your skin and the liquid then moves through the wool fibers to the drier surface area of the fabric where it can evaporate. The weight of your base layer controls the warmth level and is determined by the temperatures you’re facing.
On a hot summer day, our lightweight merino wool t-shirt may be the only top you need. At a weight of 170 g/m², the Woolx lightweight t-shirts and boxer briefs are our finest weave. Made of merino wool with 17.5 microns diameter fibers they are as soft as cashmere, providing the ultimate layer of comfort right next to your skin. The lightweight t-shirt is also the perfect first layer when temperatures are just starting to cool down or if you’ll be facing extreme temperature variations from hot to cold throughout your day.
If you’ll be out in colder temperatures or if you’ll be very active in freezing temps you’ll likely need a midweight baselayer. Woolx midweight merino wool baselayer tops and bottoms have a weight of 230 g/m² which provides the warmth you need while skiing, hiking or snowboarding. A set of Woolx midweights also makes excellent sleeping attire while camping in winter conditions. The midweight wool keeps you warm at night, while the antimicrobial properties of natural wool prevent you from transferring body odor to your sleeping bag.
If you plan to be sedentary for prolonged periods in freezing conditions, you’ll need the warmest base layer. The Woolx heavyweight merino wool base layer for men is made of 400 g/m² offering almost twice the warmth of the midweights. This is the ideal base layer to keep you comfortable in freezing conditions if you won’t be moving around to generate body heat. Perfect for ice fishing, running heavy equipment or snowmobiling.
Mid Layer – Insulation
The mid layer is where the magic of the Woolx layering system happens. Air trapped between each layer creates pockets of warm air adding even more insulation than would a heavier garment alone. The wicking process continues as water is wicked from the base layer to the mid layer, leaving the wearer dry and comfortable.
The most important feature of a good layering system is the ability to easily adjust your warmth levels as conditions change. The mid layer ¼ zip works perfectly over the lightweight t-shirt if temperatures start to drop at the end of a late-summer day hike. Try the ¼ zip over the midweight crew neck for extreme warmth. It can then be easily removed as your activity increases. By wearing multiple layers of non-bulky merino wool, you can comfortably transition from handling the coldest conditions to warmer weather with ease.
Outer Layer – Protection from wind, rain, and snow
The final piece of a good layering system is the outer layer or shell. This item should protect you from the elements. Depending on the conditions you may need a jacket and pants that offer varying degrees of waterproofing and/or windproofing. Shells may be made of a waterproof breathable fabric like Gore-Tex or a non-breathable coated nylon material. For non-freezing conditions that don’t require a waterproof or windproof shell, the Woolx heavyweight sweatshirt or midweight ¼ zip top may be all the protection you need.
A good layering system needs to be flexible, and each piece should work together without being redundant. You must be able to adjust your clothing to whatever weather and temperature conditions you’re facing. Ideally, each piece should be able to perform as a base, mid or outer layer depending on your needs. Your summer outerwear becomes your fall base layer and the midweight bottoms you wear as a base layer skiing can be worn under your summer shorts for a hike in the spring. Flexibility is even more essential if you’ll be facing multiple temperature changes in one day. It might be a sunny June day at base camp, but once you climb above the tree line, there can be snow on the ground. You need to be able to add and remove gear to regulate your temperature not just for comfort but, for safety as well.
Purchasing your outdoor gear with layering in mind will not only keep you warm and comfortable, but it's also good for your wallet and your backpack. Proper layering means you’ll need to buy and pack fewer pieces overall since each item performs multiple functions. Just ask any lightweight backpacking aficionado. If you return from a backpacking trip and haven’t worn everything in your pack layered together, you’ve over packed.