Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Baselayers

Outdoor Research Sequence Boxer Brief

81

2016

Outdoor Research Sequence Boxer Brief

An all day comfortable fit positioned these boxers into our weekly rotation, whether we were planning a workout or not.

Lululemon Lock ’em Down Boxer

85

2016

Lululemon Lock ’em Down Boxer

When it comes to a pair of boxers for getting sweaty and maybe a little crazy these are the ones we’d want on. They were the fastest drying boxers in the test, soft next to skin with no irritating seams or tags and were by far the most supportive.

Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief

85

2016

Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief

We balked at the idea of wool next to our important bits too, but in the name of testing we gave it a go and emerged happily surprised. Not only were these boxers soft next to skin, but they wicked moisture and dried fast while remaining one of the most comfortable pairs we tested.

Helly Hansen Warm Boxer

84

2016

Helly Hansen Warm Boxer

With Helly’s wicking LIFA synthetic fabric on the skin side and a layer of merino wool on the outside, these boxers optimize the benefits of both fibers. 

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer

88

2016

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer

Fashion and function in your underwear. A tie with the Lululemon boxers for sexiest in the test—if we do say so ourselves—these boxers left nothing to be desired when buried under a pair of pants, either.

The North Face Flashdry Baselayer –Crew Neck - Warm

89

2013

The North Face Flashdry Baselayer –Crew Neck - Warm

The North Face Flash Dry Baselayer is a polyester baselayer designed for medium to high intensity activity in cool to cold conditions and treated with an evaporative treatment called “Flash Dry.”

SmartWool Teller Tech Tee

94

2012

SmartWool Teller Tech Tee

Powderchaser Steve loved the features SmartWool fit into their Teller Tech Tee, but it's the performance that won him over.

Craft Zero Extreme Concept

94

2012

Craft Zero Extreme Concept

The Craft Zero Extreme Concept provided one of the lightest layers we tested and especially did well in active performance activities.

Rab MeCo 250 Midweight

95

2012

Rab MeCo 250 Midweight

The Rab MeCo Midweight is a high performance midweight baselayer designed to increase wicking and moisture transfer from the skin.

Ibex Indie Zip T

92

2012

Ibex Indie Zip T

Powderchaser Steve's full test of the Ibex Indie Zip T.

Ibex Woolies Zip T Stripe

94

2012

Ibex Woolies Zip T Stripe

A versatile item that can be used during warm single layer days as well as cool to cold days on the slopes for use as a base layer.

Redington RediLayer Wool Crew

89

2011

Redington RediLayer Wool Crew

Redington's focus is on fly-fishing. But as Powderchaser Steve finds out, the people behind the brand know a thing or two about baselayers as well.

SmartWool Midweight Funnel Zip

90

2011

SmartWool Midweight Funnel Zip

From Bhutan to Boulder, Powderchaser Steve gets up close and personal with SmartWool's Midweight Funnel Zip.

Cabela's Mock T-Neck

91

2011

Cabela's Mock T-Neck

Cabela's baselayer collaboration with Polartec gets a full workout, and results in a fully impressed reviewer.

Stoic Breathe Composite

89

2011

Stoic Breathe Composite

Fall is here. Which means Powderchaser Steve is right on time with his Stoic Breathe Composite midweight review.

L.L. Bean Polartec Power Dry Base Layer

82

2011

L.L. Bean Polartec Power Dry Base Layer

Powderchaser Steve goes skiing, mountain biking, and then to the lab with L.L. Bean's Polartec Power Dry Base Layer. Here are the full results.

Rab's MeCo 165

90

2011

Rab's MeCo 165

Powderchaser Steve gives Rab's MeCo 165 high marks for its superior breathability.

Columbia Omni-Heat Baselayer

82

2011

Columbia Omni-Heat Baselayer

Powderchaser Steve takes Columbia's Omni-Heat baselayer to extremes, and returns to tell the tale of just how well it worked.