Base Layer in Review
While hiking in fall or winter seasons, we all know that layering is the most key factor in order to stay warm, safe and comfortable during a hike. It's also important to layer so that is easy to remove a piece of clothing while hiking when you begin to overheat because you don't want to overheat. Your layers need to be made out of materials that won't hold sweat - like cotton! So below is an overview of some of the base layers that I use from a company called Duckworth.
Back over the summer, I was searching online for a company to purchase some merino wool tshirts and this is where I found Duckworth! Duckworth is a company based in Montana and is the world’s only source-verified, single-origin, Merino wool apparel company. 100% Made-in-USA.
Their wool is from open-range Montana Merino sheep that live between 5,000’ and 9,500’ elevation. The specific conditions of the Northern Rockies result in a rare wool, a soft durable fiber with exceptional loft and breathability.
Not only is durable and breathable (something you need in a base layer) but also environmentally friendly! Duckworth wool is sorted based on the specific end use, with yarn spinning, knitting, dyeing and finishing carefully managed on site by Duckworth’s technical team. This reduces the environmental footprint all the way from sheep to shelf.
Once I learned about this company and their mission and all the benefits their wool had to offer me with a product - I knew I wanted to test out their base layers!
When I hike I start with their Women's Vapor Tee https://www.duckworthco.com/collections/womens-shirts/products/womens-vapor-tee
I wear this teeshirt year round. Summer time and in winter, it's always my bottom base layer because it wicks and doesn't hold sweat.
It's a tee I can rely on, and should be a staple for every outdoorsman's wardrobe,
For a second layer (or just a breezier hike) I wear Duckworth's Vapor Loose Crew
This shirt is the same style as the Vapor Tee just long sleeved - which is perfect as a second layer or as a bottom layer on a cooler day!
Another layer I love to add over the Loose Crew or the Vapor Tee I like to wear the Polaris Hooded Henley.
Warm, woven and sweat-wicking and even has a hood which is awesome. I like wearing this top while hiking, skiing or even just when going to the grocery shopping. An all-purpose thin wool hoodie.
Duckworth has a large stock of Merino wool clothing for all of your needs, I highly recommend their products, service and mission as a company - make sure to check them out and if you sign up for their newsletters you can get 25% off your first order!