When your skin is wet, your body can cool down up to 40 times faster! This is why base layers are such a crucial piece of kit to any snow lover and form the foundation of the layering system (base layer, followed by mid-layer, followed by outer shell).
The purpose of a base layer is that it keeps you warm and dry, which in turn creates comfort. This is achieved by a very specialized fabric working hard to maintain your bodies peak condition.
Keeping you dry
Your base layer keeps you dry by absorbing any sweat away from the skin and encouraging it to evaporate. Due to the fabrics large surface area (which is massively increased by its highly porous feature) the evaporation takes place very quickly and easily, through the mid-layer and outer shell, without even being noticed by the wearer. This system of drawing moisture away from the skin is known as 'wicking' and is very important.
A base layer keeps you nice and warm by creating a thin layer of insulation around the body. This is achieved by trapping a small layer of warm air which feels very similar to a hug. The wicking process also plays an important role in keeping you warm, by leaving no excess moisture on the skin which, if left, will cause a severe drop in body temperature.
Apart from the comfort a base layer provides by keeping you warm and dry, there is a huge amount of added comfort from the advanced contour fit which comes as standard with any Surfanic base layer. This promotes a perfect, snug fit whilst promoting complete freedom of movement so none of those moves of yours are hindered.
What if a base layer is not worn?
Your time on the slopes will be rudely interrupted by that notorious clammy feeling, which is the effects of no wicking. You shall also experience drastically lower body temperatures then your friends who wear base layers!
Future of base layers
Surfanic are always experimenting with different materials and features in order to prolong your time on the slopes and getting the most out of your season. Our lab geeks have collaborated the base layer with mother natures most sustainable material...bamboo!
Benefits of Bamboo as a Performance Fabric
Thermo control: The super-breathable nature of bamboo fabric makes it an un-rivaled material for all round use - it keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold.
Anti-static: causes a bamboo garment to sit perfectly against the skin, which is an extra valuable feature when being used for base layers.
Antibacterial properties: Bacteria have a tough time living in a bamboo fabric so even after days and days of use, there is no bad smell!
Sensitivity: For allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect for avoiding any flareups.
Sustainable: Bamboos growth cycle makes it 100% sustainable without having to use any pesticides or fertilizers.
These are just a few of the reasons why bamboo is such a great material, especially when used for base layers. Surfanic are hugely proud and excited to bring you its first line of bamboo fabric base layers in the winter season 2013 so look out for them.
Whether your lifting weights and want to keep cool or on the slopes and want to keep warm and dry, a base layer is a crucial piece of kit to allow your body to maintain peak conditions and ultimate comfort (they also double up as a great pyjama!). If your still unsure, ask one of our dedicated staff members for all the advice you could want and need.
If you are more of an internet shopper, then here are a few links which will take you directly to the correct department of the Surfanic website.
Girls base layers http://www.surfanic.co.uk/girls/winter/base-layers/
Boys base layers http://www.surfanic.co.uk/boys/winter/thermal-ski-base-layers/
Mens base layers http://www.surfanic.co.uk/mens/winter/thermal-ski-base-layers/
Womens base layershttp://www.surfanic.co.uk/womens/winter/thermal-ski-base-layers/
It is super fun and easy to shop on the Surfanic website. We even eradicate the oldest internet shopping dilemma of 'what if I buy the wrong size', by including a free post returns label.