Top 10 Things You Should Never be Without on the Ski Hill – Number 10: Base Layer

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Base layer: Arguably the most important piece of your outerwear kit. It is the only material that touches your skin. The base layer wicks moisture away, leaving you dry and warm. When picking out a fabric for your base layer, look for materials that wicks moisture away from you. Most popular are Merino Wool (our favourite due to the fact that it wicks at the vapour stage, unlike others that need the sweat to form as water droplets) synthetic (works well but can get an odor after awhile), Bamboo/Rayon (a newer fabric which makes it harder to find) and silk (expensive). The only material that we would say to avoid would be cotton. Untreated cotton, once wet, will stay wet and does not provide any insulation. When reaching for a towel in a warm bathroom, a wet towel feels cold to touch, now take that cool sensation outside in the winter and you have a recipe for disaster. Base layers are a commonly overlooked item, but they’re crucial to keeping you warm and dry on your day on the slopes. Paramount stocks a wide variety of options, ranging in price, material and sizing.

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