I'll admit that I'm a bit of a base layer fan. The fabric tech appeals to my geeky side, and the insulation appeals to my "not freezing my butt off in the Peak District" side...
Base layer technology has advanced a lot in the past few years. Gone are the days of simple polypropylene fabrics like the classic Helly Hansen blue tops. They were great at wicking away sweat, but also tended to get stinky within hours and were frankly more suited to hiking or climbing than cycling, where they could actually cause you to overheat.
Modern tech has brought new fabric ingredients and new ways to weave them, and the spread of merino wool from niche to mainstream brings non-itchy insulation that gives an unrivalled balance between light weight and high performance, and naturally resists odour.
Pas Normal Studios' Heavy Base Layer rapidly established itself as a top seller on it's launch last year. This is a proper high-performance baselayer for the depths of winter, and despite the name it's remarkably light in weight (the "heavy" purely refers to the level of insulation).
Buy Online - Pas Normal Studios Heavy Long Sleeve Base Layer
The Mid short sleeve base layer also uses Polartec® Power Wool™ fabric, but is optimised for less cold conditions.
With a merino wool interior and a synthetic fibre exterior the fabric works just as hard as in the heavier weight option to optimise moisture control, breathability, and durability.
A new style for Autumn/Winter 2018, the Mid base layer is, as the name implies, a lighter weight than the Heavy base layer. This gives it more versatility through autumn and spring weather as well as in the milder days of winter.
The Mid may be lighter weight, but it is still optimised for cooler conditions, just less extreme than the 'deep winter' capabilities of the Heavy.
The Autumn/Winter 2018 collection from PNS is now online and in-store at Bespoke. Let's look at some of the highlights...Read more