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Blog review: Polar Acclimate Wool Baselayers : Superior Wicking and Warmth

posted Feb 24, 2011, 7:12 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 14, 2011, 6:40 AM ]

After a particularly brutal recent storm slammed into my hometown in Norway, I donned my Polarmax Acclimate Wool 1/4-Zip Mock Turtleneck and bottoms and headed into the woods.

I spent several exhausting hours breaking trail in knee-deep powder up the steep slopes on my backcountry skis, but I was stoked to be wearing such warm, dry, and breathable baselayers.

The Acclimate Wool line by Polarmax is a high performance mix of Merino wool and polyester; it's specifically designed to transport not just liquid sweat, but also steamy sweat. The material harnesses the best qualities of wool and of synthetics. Whatever my exertion level, I always stay dry when I wearing these baselayers--which is important in the harsh Scandinavian winter. Being dry means being warm.

The Acclimate Wool baselayers fit a little loose, by design. I wasn't expecting this, but I really liked it. I never feel bunched up and restricted, like I often do in tight tops. Even more important, I don't get the weird, claustrophobic always-dirty feeling I get when wearing tight-fitting bottoms. I know that loose-fitting baselayers sounds a little counter-intuitive--I always thought the first layer should be hugging my skin like cling wrap--but they work!

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