A friend recently asked me “What is a base layer anyway?”. I realise now that it’s a term that most people haven’t heard of. I wanted to take the time to explain…
Kids Base Layer… It has a technical name, so it’s only for serious outdoor sports, right? Well, no! So, what is a base layer then? A base layer is simply a term for the bottom layer of clothing you wear against your skin.
More specifically, it is a layer you wear to help regulate your temperature. Base layers are wicking, which means they take moisture away from the skin. The best base layers are usually made from wool which retains its warmth even when wet. This makes them perfect for outdoor pursuits from cycling to mountaineering and skiing, but they aren’t exclusivly for that, almost everyone can benefit from a good base layer.
Base layers are versatile, extremely comfortable and perfect for any day spent outdoors. Whether you like to walk the dogs in the woods (or just wonder around town!), or go to organised activities like scouts, forest schools or DofE, or you want to climb or ski the world’s highest mountains a base layer will be your new best friend. You can also just wear them as a top that keeps you super snuggly as well as looking great.
You can see why a base layer would benefit kids in particular. Children don’t always have the capacity to tell us whats bothering them, sometimes they don’t even know themselves! Instead they will succumb to emotion to try and communicate whats wrong. They are tired, too hot, too cold, hungry, thirsty. A good base layer, along with a good layering system, will eliminate the worry that they are too hot, too cold or uncomfortable. Especially with young kids. So thats one less thing to worry about in your day, especially when they are away from you at clubs, events or outdoor activities and you can’t check on them.