/ Helly Hansen base layer "operating temps"
Want another top but not sure whether to get a dry or warm one, the website and all shops I've checked online haven't said roughly the temp ranges suitable for them.
Winter - get a think one and put other layers on top of it, or get a thin one and put more layers on top of it.
Summer - get a thin one and put less layers on top of it.
If you are running up a hill in a thin base layer in middle of winter you might be ok. But if you are standing in a howling gale belaying in summer no thickness of base layer is going to do it.
It will be as part of a layer system however the chart was fairly useful.
At very least it gives me a clue with what to start out with, once i've got base layer, fleece, soft shell and then hard shell there are no more layers so having a warmer base would have been nice.
It will be for Scotland in a week or so.
The warm ones are suitable for anything other than summer running or wearing on a hot day. Mine gets worn spring/autumn quite reguarly. The summer ones are imo overpriced and make you look like a tw*t if you don't have anything on over the top of them (or have a body like a greek god). Lifa was and is good but isn't any better than the cheaper alternatives.
It's the best polypro mesh (unless we're talking brynje or other deviant activities), it's pretty cheap, it has cool stripes, what's not to love?
The warm ones (if you don't run ludicrously cold, like Ben here) are very warm. They aren't high pile fleece, but I couldn't wear one outside of winter, even on its own. I generally climb in just the summer one or the summer one and a tshirt in autumn or spring, with something to put on at a belay.
My feelings as someone who runs reasonably warm in his core is that this is right.
With fair layering, I don't think I'd be reaching for my warm until it was below/around about -10. By this I mean I'd prefer to swap for the warm than swap a high pile fleece for my powerstretch, and I don't think I'd need both until way in the minus.
This is of course assuming you have appropriate insulation for when you stop, but that's not the baselayers job.
Have one dry already, with a light weight fleeces, Rab Baltoro soft shell and Mountain Hardware goretex to go over.
Think that should do so will order another dry.
Very effective as part of a layering system.
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