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posted Mar 7, 2012, 9:07 AM by Peter Pawlus   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 9:09 AM ]
Gear Review: Polarmax Base Layers

Written by Timothy Giilck, Published on March 6, 2012

When it comes to staying comfortable out on the trail, my objective is likely a little different than many people’s. I need to play it cool, rather than keep it warm, and I had some success during a recent trial of some Polarmax products.

As we all know, snowshoeing (and Nordic skiing) is, to be blunt, hard work. That’s particularly the case if, like me, you tend to be on the solitary side and spend a lot of time breaking your own trail. That means it doesn’t take a lot to get me, shall we say, all hot and bothered on an outing. No, not that kind of hot and bothered, the kind that leaves you dangerously sweaty… oh never mind.

Instead, let’s just say it doesn’t take much for me to start overheating. I have very little problem staying warm, at least if I’m moving around at all, and tend to wear minimal clothing for the conditions.

One of life’s least pleasant sensations is that trickle of sweat running down your back on a cold, cold day when you’re an hour or more away from a change into dry clothes. As has been well documented, that kind of sweating is also dangerous. To be blunt, wet clothing, even if it’s not cotton, can be a literal killjoy.

So the paradox of base layers is to find something that will keep you warm, but not too warm, and dry or dry-ish, when you inevitably become too warm.

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