Unless you only travel to tropical climates, there’s always a reason to have good baselayers. Not just for skiing, baselayers come in handy for staying warm in general—whether that’s while you’re camping, hiking, or walking on glaciers.
On my recent visit into the Arctic Circle, I brought a Kari Traa Rose Half-Zip top and Rose Pant to layer under my clothing when I traveled in open boats, hiked in the wilderness, and climbed around on a glacier in Svalbard. Sure, summer in the Arctic is warmer than winter, but it’s still cold, and layering up kept me toasty warm enough to enjoy my adventures without shivering.
Both pieces are made from super-fine 100 percent Merino wool with 4-way stretch, which moves with you while you’re active (or even just lounging at home or in the local pub), allows air to flow through the fabric, dries quickly, and is naturally odor resistant so you can wear them a few times without having to wash them. All those qualities are ideal in any piece of outdoor gear.
The top and pant fit tight, and have a sweet (but not cutesy) design. The pant has an elastic waistband that doesn’t dig and stays comfortable no matter what you’re doing in the great outdoors.
I’ve worn these pieces while camping in the Himalayas in winter, skiing in North America, camping in California, and now, out in the Arctic wilderness. I can think of plenty of reasons to wear them again on upcoming adventures. They’re top on my list.
There are plenty other Kari Traa baselayer and midlayer pieces, in case you need more than the Rose top and pant.