Let’s talk base layers. This might not be the sexiest topic to everyone, but for me it’s as curvy and delicious as it gets. Base layers are with you through thick and thin. They keep you warm in the winter and protect you from sun in summer.
You—or at least I—use them for everything from yoga to skiing to running to sleeping. True story: Back in my college days I would dream wistfully about becoming an entrepreneur. A big reason for this was that I wanted to be able to wear base layers to work. I’m happy to report that I’ve made it, I actually do wear base layers to work.
So let’s just say that when it comes to base layers, I can be particular. I’m also always on the lookout.
When Give’r introduced its new All Sport performance base layer this summer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. (In case you missed our profile of the Jackson Hole-based company Give’r, check it out here)
The long and the short: the Give’r All Sport is near perfect. I had to stretch to think of the items on my con list below.
- Soft as cotton, but made out of moisture-wicking materials (95% polyester, 5% spandex).
- That 5% spandex makes it just enough stretchy.
- It has a hood (I LOVE hoods).
- It has thumb holes (the only thing I love more than hoods are thumb holes).
- The All Sport is not too light and not too thick; it’s really that ultimate mid-weight moisture wicking base layer.
- It also isn’t too long or too short; it falls just below the pocket lines on my jeans.
- The All Sport fits me well.
- And a bonus, it has the rad Give’r logo on the back right shoulder. (I love broadcasting the message of “giving it your all,” even if it is perhaps unnecessary encouragement to a competitor right on my heels in a race.)
- It’s made in China
- There is only one color option. That said, I really like the one color that is available; it looks good on both men and women.
- There’s an elastic loop on the bottom left hand side of the shirt. I’m not sure what it’s meant for (I should e-mail the good folks over at Give’r to find out, or if you know, please comment below). This elastic loop has been a bit scratchy at times.
Bottom line: There’s no other shirt I’d rather have with me climbing the Middle Teton!