Keep out the worst of winter with cold-beating baselayers combining warmth with close-fit comfort.

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

MF BEST BUY:
Runderwear Running Baselayer
£50, runderwear.co.uk

As comfy as they come, Runderwear’s Running Baselayer was made with cold-weather outings in mind.

Dynamic heat control provides the warmth, without becoming too stuffy, and the technical moisture-wicking fabric prevents sweat form sticking to your skin.

Uniquely, the top also comes equipped with built-in roll-over mitts to protect your hands on those early-morning runs.

Comfort: 5/5
Warmth:
4.5/5
Wicking:
4.5/5
OVERALL:
5/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

MF RECOMMENDED:
Finisterre Bora Bamboo Baselayer
£45, finisterre.com

Made with a vegan alternative to Merino wool and a new kind of bamboo fabric, this is one of the snuggest baselayers we tested, with supreme next-to-skin softness and real warmth without over-restriction.

Finisterre is all about functional, sustainable outdoor gear, and this top – which is naturally breathable, temperature-regulating, antibacterial and moisture-wicking – combines premium performance qualities with planet-friendly design.

Comfort: 5/5
Warmth:
4/5
Wicking:
4.5/5
OVERALL:
4.5/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

Le Col Unisex Pro Mesh Long Sleeve Base Layer
£65, lecol.cc

Le Col specialises in serious cycling kit made from premium materials, and this baselayer continues that high-performance theme.

Woven in one complete piece to eliminate seams means it sits under outer-layers without irritation, while breathability and warmth are provided with the Pro Mesh construction and long-sleeve coverage, respectively. Less importantly, it looks the business.

Comfort: 4/5
Warmth:
4.5/5
Wicking:
5/5
OVERALL:
4.5/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

Columbia Omni-Heat 3D Knit Crew II Baselayer
£70, columbiasportswear.co.uk

An all-purpose baselayer just as at home halfway up a mountain as it is blocking out stiff headwinds on a spin round the block, this heat-locking long-sleeve features Omni-Heat 3D tech to reflect body heat back the way it came.

Four-way stretch fabric brings the comfort, and antimicrobial treatment does a decent job of keeping sweat smells at bay. Another good-looking bit of kit, too.

Comfort: 4.5/5
Warmth:
4.5/5
Wicking:
3.5/5
OVERALL:
4/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

Megmeister DRYNAMO Winter Long Sleeve Base Layer
£64.95, shop.megmeister.com

DRYNAMO technology is designed to control the flow of sweat to keep skin dry and your body in a temperature equilibrium. That works well during low-intensity training, but when you’re working hard it’s difficult to notice much of a difference.

But while overheating could be an issue on mild days, when it’s Baltic outside this top comes to the fore, with top-notch thermal insulation to keep out the worst of the cold.

Comfort: 4/5
Warmth:
4.5/5
Wicking:
3.5/5
OVERALL:
4/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

Enertor Unisex Base Layer
£64.99, enertor.com

If you like your baselayers to squeeze and support, Enertor’s does a fine job of being both breathable and relatively comfortable while it clings to your torso.

Advanced Nilit® Innergy is supposed to reduce lactic acid build-up by converting the body’s energy into Far Infra Red Rays, which is difficult to judge, but any fans of compression will ergonomic fit and seam-free comfort.

Comfort: 3.5/5
Warmth:
4.5/5
Wicking:
3.5/5
OVERALL:
3.5/5

The Best Men's Baselayers For Cold Weather Exercise | Men's Fitness UK

Nike Pro Long-Sleeve Top
£31.95, nike.com

Nike’s slick good looks are on display here, but the Pro Long-Sleeve lacks some of the more technical features boasted by other tops in this list.

That said, if you’re looking for a simple baselayer that’s comparatively cheap and easy on the eye, you could do a lot worse than this. Lightweight, stretchy fabric moves as you do, and Nike Pro technology wicks away sweat.

Comfort: 4/5
Warmth:
3.5/5
Wicking:
3.5/5
OVERALL:
3.5/5

 

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