Gear Review: BOLDGEAR Merino Mens Baselayer

A good quality base layer is a critical item on any adventure. Regulating body temperature in varying conditions is very important and having a base layer that can be worn a number of consecutive days whilst adventuring is an added bonus. The BOLDGEAR Merino Mens Baselayer ticks all these boxes and a perfect base layer for winter activities.


Main Features


  • Breathable
  • Soft feel (non-abrasive)
  • Lightweight
  • Quick drying
  • Odourless









Merino are an ancient breed of very tough sheep and they are able to survive in extremely cold climates and very hot climates. The Merino base layer is made from 100% Merino yarn and has a very fine, lightweight and soft feel. They are also breathable in summer and warm in winter. This provides a base layer that is versatile and adaptive to varying conditions. For longer or multi-day adventures they are perfectly suited, where space and weight are at a premium. They do not retain body odour, allowing them to be worn multiple days in a row. These properties make them ideal for expedition length adventures as well as short training sessions – no need to wash them after these sessions.

The versatility and functionality of the base layer is really impressive and has the added benefit of being very comfortable with a slim fit design. The Merino wool also dries quickly after being fully immersed in water and even retains about 40% body heat when wet. It packs into a neat size and can be stored (when dry) in a bag or backpack and unfolds with minimal creases. In very cold conditions it works very well when paired with a mid layer and outer shell.

BOLDGEAR Merino Mens Baselayer is highly recommended and is an essential item on any adventure gear list.


Best Use Hiking, Adventure Racing, Casual

Weight (g) 246g (medium)

Comfort Temperature Rating 5°C (base layer only)

Dimensions 75cm X 48cm

Packed Size 20cm X 9cm (rolled)


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Craig Giese is an Outdoor Adventure Photographer and Media Content Developer from the Eastern Cape, South Africa