How to Choose the Right Base Layer for Your Next Adventure

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Today, we're going to chat about how to choose the perfect base layer to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable on your next wilderness escapade. We’re a company obsessed with fabrics and we understand the unique struggles women face when looking for the perfect fit, so we hope this article helps you in some small way.

Why Choosing the Right Base Layer is Important for Outdoor Adventures

Temperature Control and Comfort

The right base layer is crucial for maintaining your body temperature and providing comfort during your outdoor activities. A base layer that effectively regulates your body heat ensures that you stay warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. Alpine Fit's STERLING™ and Merino Wool Collections are designed with this in mind, offering top-notch temperature control for all your adventures.

Moisture Management and Breathability

A high-quality base layer should wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry and preventing chafing. Our STERLING™ base layers, made from smooth-spun polyester and real silver strands, are lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying, making them ideal for extended outdoor trips where moisture management is crucial.

Odor Control and Hygiene

Let's face it—nobody wants to smell bad during a week-long backpacking trip. Merino wool base layers are naturally odor-resistant, ensuring that you stay fresh even after days of wear. On the other hand, our STERLING™ base layers are odor-eliminating: as a synthetic fabric, infused with silver, STERLING™ will protect you from odors longer than its wool counterpart. This is especially important when you're spending prolonged periods of time in the great outdoors without access to laundry facilities.

Durability and Longevity

When you invest in outdoor apparel, you want it to last. Alpine Fit's base layers are made from high-quality materials that are built to withstand the rugged wilderness. Plus, we offer support with repairs and alterations upon request, so you can trust that your investment will stand the test of time.

What to Consider When Choosing a Base Layer

Material: Merino vs. Synthetic

The material of your base layer plays a significant role in its performance. Merino wool base layers, like our Merino Wool Collection, are known for their natural temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant properties. Synthetic base layers, like our STERLING™ Collection, offer similar benefits and are often more lightweight, durable, and quicker-drying. When choosing between the two, consider your personal preferences, activity level, and the environment you'll be in.

Weight: Lightweight vs. Midweight vs. Heavyweight

The weight of your base layer is another important factor to consider. Lightweight options, like our STERLING™ base layers, are suitable for warmer temperatures or high-intensity activities, while mid-weight or heavyweight options are better for colder climates or lower-intensity activities. Consider your typical outdoor adventures and the climate you'll be facing when making your choice.

Fit: Tight vs. Loose

The fit of your base layer can impact its performance and your overall comfort. Alpine Fit offers Azalea Fit and Wild Iris Fit options to accommodate different body shapes and preferences. Choose a fit that allows for freedom of movement and feels comfortable against your skin. Remember, a well-fitted base layer will help optimize its moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating capabilities.

Style: Crew Neck vs. Zip Neck

Consider whether you prefer a crew neck or zip neck style when selecting your base layer. Zip necks offer more versatility in temperature control, as you can unzip them for increased ventilation, while crewnecks provide a classic, simple look, and offer more flexibility: you can easily use the top in warmer temperatures without the high neck of a zip and it works better in multiple layer situations to reduce bulk around your neck. What you lose in warmth around the neck, you can make up for with a neck gaiter. Choose the style that best suits your personal taste and the types of activities you'll be participating in.

Why Merino Base Layers are a Popular Choice

Natural Properties of Merino Wool

Merino wool has long been a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts due to its remarkable natural properties. It's praised for its temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant capabilities. Our Merino Wool Collection, made from 87% responsibly certified merino wool and 13% recycled nylon, provides these benefits with added durability, ensuring your base layer performs optimally in various conditions.

Benefits of Merino Base Layers over Synthetic Base Layers

While both merino and synthetic base layers have their merits, merino wool is often considered the superior choice for several reasons. Merino base layers tend to be more effective at trapping heat and controlling odor, and they're made from a renewable and biodegradable resource, making them a more sustainable choice compared to synthetic materials. However, it is worth noting that our STERLING™ fabric – our proprietary take on the synthetic base layer – is not subject to the same defects as most synthetic blends on the market. The careful addition of silver, along with the calculated curation of other materials – some of which are recycled fibers – makes for a base layer that is on par with merino wool in terms of temperature regulation, but which keeps odors at bay for longer, is more durable, and more versatile.

Sustainability of Your Base Layers

At Alpine Fit, we're committed to sustainability and ethical practices. Our Merino Wool Collection is certified to the international Responsible Wool Standard, ensuring that our wool production processes adhere to ethical and sustainable guidelines. On the other hand, as a synthetic blend, which incorporates recycled fibers, our STERLING™ base layers are 100% vegan: a smart choice for the environmentally conscious consumer.

How to Care for Your Base Layers

Washing and Drying Tips

To maintain the longevity and performance of your base layers, wash them on a gentle cycle or hand wash them and lay them flat to dry. If you must use a dryer, opt for tumble drying on low heat to prevent shrinkage. Proper care will ensure that your base layers remain in top condition for many adventures to come.

Storage and Maintenance

Proper storage is essential for preserving the quality of your base layer. Store your merino garments folded in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent any damage from moths or excessive heat, ensuring your base layer stays in optimal condition between uses.

Repairing and Replacing

At Alpine Fit, we believe in the longevity of our products and are dedicated to providing ongoing support to our customers. If your base layer needs repairs or alterations, reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist you. Our small business guarantees big support for our fellow outdoor enthusiasts.


In conclusion, choosing the right base layer for your next adventure depends on factors like material, weight, fit, and style. Both our STERLING™ and Merino Wool Collections offer fantastic options for outdoor apparel, catering to various preferences and activities. As a brand focused on quality, sustainability, and providing clothes that fit well, Alpine Fit is committed to helping you find the perfect base layer for your unique needs. So gear up, ladies, and let's embrace the great outdoors together!


Here at Alpine Fit, we're passionate about creating quality gear that can handle your next adventure in the wilderness. Every garment is carefully crafted and tested to ensure it's ready for your next hike. 

We take pride in every piece of gear that leaves our doors and we're committed to ensuring that it's ready for whatever the wilderness may bring.

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