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What is the warmest base layer you've tried?

Just got the shaun white division jacket. Unfortunately, it has no lining, thought it does have a satin thermacore insulating layer (which is fairly warm but not warm enough on those 15-20 degree days.)

Just seeing what base layer's y'all have gotten in the past and what you've found to be the best. I was thinking about the under armor 3.0.

Also, wanted to see what else y'all put over that base layer. Ive been hearing a thermal/fleece. Lemme know what keeps y'all warm and not super bulky. I hate that bulky packed feeling. I wanna feel warm but not like im wearing a comforter.

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i have the burton ak expedition weight top and the tech flannel. i had those on in between my shell and my base layer boarding at night in the teens and it kept me really warm. i had to open up my vents at times.

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I was going to do Under Armor base layer 3.0 and also get one of these:
Under Armour | Men's HeatGear Fiited Base Longsleeve Crew | 1209054 | $34.99
just in case its a bit chilly then i can have a mid layer thats not bulky. do you think a base layer 3.0 and another thermal will be too much? anyone ever tried this?
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I don't think you should get a heavyweight baselayer, unless you buy a lightweight baselayer too. I find it better to get a heavy mid-layer for warmth instead.

For extreme cold, like 2 degrees and heavy winds, I wear a lightweight Sessions Diffusion baselayer top and bottom, and layer with a Special Blend heavyweight 300g fleece top, and then my jacket, which is not insulated, and I'm warm all day. For a middle layer bottom I wear a mid-weight Bakoda pant over my baselayer.

Check out the Northface Denali jacket as a mid-layer option its 300g with good venting, which I've found most layerig fleeces dont have.
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if you don't mind me asking, why do you do a medium base and a heavy mid layer. Why not just go heavy base layer and cut the middle man? Just wondering... I dont like bulk.
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I use Under Armour Metal gear, it's crazy warm.
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if you don't mind me asking, why do you do a medium base and a heavy mid layer. Why not just go heavy base layer and cut the middle man? Just wondering... I dont like bulk.
Because there is no base layer thick enough to eliminate cold in sub zero temps. Maybe if you had an insulated jacket with a heavy baselayer you wouldn't feel the cold (never tried it) but with a shell jacket its not enough. Even with my 686 phase fleece, which is like 90g, much thicker than any heavyweight baselayer, I can still feel the cold, mostly on my back when riding the lift and on my shoulders, chest, and arms, when bombing down the hill. Layering is the only way to go.
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try this:
Base layer Patagonia Capilene 3, long sleeves shirt and pants. Snowboard pants and snowboard socks.
THick fleece jacket ( TNF) down vest and outer shell ( TNF Xguard Gtex)..Gloves, Baclava helmet and goggles...
that should keep you warm
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i've been trying a lot of different combos this year and found one that seems to work perfect:

very light weight tight base layer (usually an ems techwick t1 long sleeve, or under armour heat gear long sleeve) this pulls sweat away as fast as possible.

i then wear a typical cold weather base layer as my "mid/base" layer. usually an under armour cold gear long sleeve. this traps the heat coming off my body, but still breaths extremely well.

those two very thin layers and my shell jacket and i'm good down to about 20 degrees if there's no wind. a little colder and i throw on a light microfleece, smartwool sweater, or something like that. when it gets really cold...around 0 and very windy i keep the base layers and throw on a stoic down sweater. that thing alone can keep me warm on the coldest days.

i recommend everyone try the double base layer technique. warm and very comfortable.
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The warmest baselayer IMO is the UA cold gear or nike compression fit. I have almost all the baselayers out there (patagonia capilene (3&4), smartwool midweight base, icebreaker 200/260 tops), and none of them are even comparable to the compression fit stuff.

I get cold very easily so for the past few years i have bought and tried as many baselayers as possible.

For me, when its really cold I wear:

UA cold gear
300 weight fleece
Shell

If its moderately cold, I wear:

UA cold gear
260 weight icebreaker top
shell
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