Base layers are a great way to add to your outfit when exercising or participating in sports – this is when base layers can thrive and are particularly useful.
We are here today to discuss the function of base layers and why you should wear baselayers, along with answering the question – can you overheat while wearing base layers?
If you would like to learn all about this and more about the wonders of a top-quality base layer and how they can impact your body and performance, then keep reading.
INTRODUCTION TO BASE LAYERS
Base layers are pieces of clothing that are worn closely and next to the skin – specially designed to be worn during exercise to benefit the body in various ways. Base layers should fit snug against the body without limiting or restricting your movement in any way.
These snug-fitting layers can benefit you by absorbing moisture from the body quickly and effectively, keeping the body comfortable and dry at all times. Base layers also give compression to the muscles and benefit them and the body whilst it performs, which can enhance your overall performance.
Quality base layers will be made from specially formulated fabric which allows for quick drying, making sure you are not weighed down by damp clothing. This is one of the many benefits of base layers that you should be aware of.
CAN YOU LAYER OTHER CLOTHES WITH BASE LAYERS?
The type of base layers you choose to wear largely depends on the weather. The best base layers for colder weather may include base layers with long sleeves and perhaps leggings for the added layer and warmth. In warm weather, short sleeves or sleeveless base layer tops would be best, along with shorts to accompany your top.
You can also wear other regular layers of clothing on top of your base layers if you wish to layer up in cold weather. This is greatly advised when participating in various sports in the cold – for example, cycling. Being too cold and trying to exercise can cause the body to seize up and not move freely.
Remember that your base layer must always be the very first item of clothing, touching the skin is essential in order for the base layer to work.
HOW BASE LAYERS CAN KEEP YOU COOL?
Base layers can help to keep you cool as well as help you to stay warm. Often wrongly confused with the standard thermal layer – a thermal layer is only intended to keep you warm.
When the weather is warm outside, it may seem counterintuitive to add a layer of clothing underneath other layers of clothing or sports uniforms. You may want to opt for loose-fitting and breezy garments as opposed to those tight-fitting base layers.
Base layers can actually help you in warmer weather, read on to find out why and how.
Base layers can help you stay cool and stop you from overheating whilst wearing them. They help with moisture management and heat regulation. As you begin to sweat, moisture from the body will be quickly absorbed by the base layer.
The thin and lightweight nature of the fabric will ensure the moisture is wicked away from the skin and body and is evaporated effectively and swiftly out of the garment – keeping you cool, dry and comfortable at all times. This means that your temperature will always be regulated.
The moisture-wicking abilities help you to never feel hot, clammy or wet when participating in exercises and sports such as football, rugby, hiking, walking or cycling. Being uncomfortable affects your performance and lowers your standards.
Having that buffer between your skin and your clothes can help you stay as comfortable as possible anytime you raise your heart rate.
Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria which in turn will create odour from perspiration from our bodies. Having a moisture control base layer garment can catch the moisture and evaporate it before it has a chance to linger and create an odour and/or bacterial growth.
Base layers limit the bacteria that is produced in your clothing – it does this by drying your layer quickly and effectively which means they are also more hygienic than your other standard clothing garments – especially when sweating.
CAN YOU OVERHEAT WEARING A BASE LAYER?
Due to base layers’ moisture-wicking abilities and temperature control, you cannot overheat wearing a base layer. They are specially designed to control the wearer’s temperature and so whatever the weather and no matter how hot or cold a person is, a base layer can adapt and cater to whatever the weather conditions are.
In hot conditions or when the body becomes warmer when exercising the body will naturally sweat to cool itself down. The base layer will act as a second skin and will absorb the moisture fast and dry off in no time, allowing the wearer to remain cool and dry and not overheat.
INVEST IN QUALITY BASE LAYERS
Invest in quality base layers (such as the ones here at Mizos Apparel) and you will not regret it. Quality will equal optimum temperature so you can compete/perform to the best of your abilities.
A top-performing base layer can be worn on its own or layered to understand other pieces of clothing, depending on your preference and the weather outside.
Hopefully, you will now have more understanding about base layers and how they can be worn in warm weather with their special features that prevent you from overheating.
Please check out our multi-sport base layers via our website. Our base layers can take on any weather conditions and have been tried and tested for the highest quality – meaning we have some of the best top-performing base layers you can get.
You can find all the information you need on our award-winning base layers through our website, including information specific to our football base layer, cycling base layer and running base layer too – we cleverly tailor certain cuts and fits for the functionality of individual sports.