Keep out the worst of winter with cold-beating baselayers combining warmth with close-fit comfort.
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Runderwear Running Baselayer
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.
Finisterre Bora Bamboo Baselayer
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.
Le Col Unisex Pro Mesh Long Sleeve Base Layer
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.
Columbia Omni-Heat 3D Knit Crew II Baselayer
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.
Megmeister DRYNAMO Winter Long Sleeve Base Layer
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.
Enertor Unisex Base Layer
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.
Nike Pro Long-Sleeve Top
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.