Ditch that cotton hoodie this winter and treat yourself to a quality baselayer – something that will actually keep you dry and comfortable beneath your outerwear. Whether you need something light and stylish to hike the park in, or are looking for something packable and warm to stuff in your pack during your next splitboard mission, the following pieces promise to perform.
The North Face Ventrix Hoodie
An ultra-packable midlayer, the Ventrix Hoodie is an ideal, and more breathable, alternative to a micro-puff style jacket. It’s especially ideal as a piece to put on atop an ascent or at the end of the day, back at the car while enjoying a beer. The slim fit also wears well beneath a shell on cold days.
Smartwool Shirt Jacket
What sets Smartwool’s Shirt jacket apart from the many layering options is its in-town wearability. With understated styling not as technical as the materials it’s made from, this midlayer capable of deep backcountry ascents disguises itself as a shirt jacket, appropriate for a night on the town.
Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit
Airblaster’s Ninja Suit is the apex design of one-piece base layers. With Merino wool full body coverage from your ankles to the very top of your head, the Ninja Suit made frosty necks and lower backs a complete non-issue. An innovative 350-degree zipper at the waist also means number two bathroom stops are as efficient as possible.
Dakine Snorkel Fleece
Geared for optimal warmth on those days that might warrant a snorkel, this quarter-zip fleece base layer from Dakine offers better-than-advertised versatility. While the midweight stretch fleece material fits comfortably beneath a jacket due to its slimmer cut, the Snorkel is still loose enough to be worn by itself when trekking up spring skin tracks.
Volcom Puff Puff Give
There’s no denying that a reliable and packable down jacket is essential to any snowboarder’s quiver of outerwear, and Volcom’s Puff Puff give is among the best. As cozy as a sleeping bag, this toasty duck down micro-puff even functions as a perfect pillow beneath your actual sleeping bag thanks to its included stuff sack.