Provisions 050: Base Layers That Give a Comfort Boost
When it comes to your snowboard outerwear, what’s under it is just as important as your snow pants and shell. Base layers are key, and they’ve come a long way since the days you wore your windpants and cotton long-sleeves. We’re talking extremely technical, beyond cozy, and even stylish. Continue below to get into a few that we recommend for the season and what each one is good for, and as always make sure to check back next week for more trusted Provisions.
Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit
Don’t fuss with having two pieces for your base layers — get all your coziness from one garment with the Airblaster Classic Ninja Suit, the original one-piece hooded long underwear. It’s been constantly improved year after year. Now, with ten years of innovation built in, this base layer will feel like second skin. It has a 350-degree waist zipper for easy full bathroom access for when nature calls, a 7-panel ergonomic hood that tucks nicely under helmets and beanies, and a full-length front chest zipper, so when things start to heat up you can let in some airflow. As Airblaster says, stay wild!
Women’s Mountain Standard Hoodie
All you ladies out there, the Women’s Mountain Standard Hoodie is the ultimate under layer to wear under your jacket this winter. The heathered fleece body fabric is made of soft polyester and spandex, while the back is graced with a brushed fleece for the ultimate in coziness and movability. Our favorite aspects of the jacket include the built-in neck gaiter, the under-helmet hood that will keep you warm on the coldest of days, and the thumb holes which ensure that no snow gets into the area between your mitts and your jacket cuff. Wear it alone or wear a cami under it for even more warmth. Last but not least, we can’t help but point out how stylish it is, so when you get hot in the lodge, you don’t have sacrifice your good looks when you take your coat off.
Burton Midweight Base Layer Crew
All around, the Men’s Burton Midweight Base Layer Crew is the perfect first base layer to wear under your jacket alone or to use for layering. And because it’s midweight, you can rely on it from early season to late. But whichever season you’re getting after it, don’t hold back. The DRYRIDE Ultrawick™ Midweight 200 fabric allows sweat to transport from your skin to the outside of the crew so that you feel dry when you’re adrenaline is pumping. Plus it has UPF 50+ protection against ultraviolet rays so skin stays protected when you ditch your jacket in spring, four-way stretch 360° for mobility so you don’t have any restrictions going for that tail grab, and Agion® Stink-Proofing so your homies continue to ride the chairlift with you.
The North Face Wool Baselayer Tights
There’s a reason many snowboarders seek out merino wool in a base layer. It comes from the merino sheep, and, in addition to being very warm, is particularly fine and soft. The The North Face Wool Baselayer Tights will feel super comfortable against your legs as they ollie, press, and make beautiful turns in pow. The tights lightweight feel, breathable construction, and integrated crotch gusset will ensure things don’t get too stuffy in there, and the boot-top length prevents extra bunching that typically occurs from other tights near the top of your boots.
Rome Arctic Hoodie
For all the die-hard Rome fans that also need a comfortable base layer, the Rome Arctic Hoodie is the one for you. This one hoodie includes a face mask, a neck gaiter, and thumbholes, killing three birds with one stone. The camouflage design adds style points for when you wear it on it’s own, camping, or to the gym, while the ThermalWick Arctic Weight provides added warmth and dryness.