Backpacker - - NEWS - Hoodie: $65; 9.3 oz. (m’s L); Pants: $55; 6 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-3XL, w’s XS-XXL; un­der­ar­mour.com

OUR TAKE Some­times, it’s the things you don’t no­tice that make a base­layer shine. That’s the case with this set. From fat bike rides to back­coun­try ski tours, we never had to worry about re­stricted move­ment, soak­ing in sweat, or shiv­er­ing when temps dipped. The Base 2.0’s polyester-elas­tane blend (the rea­son for the wal­let­friendly price) is grid­ded to trap heat and wick mois­ture, which kept us com­fort­able from 0°F to 40°F when paired with a shell. Trade­off: Al­though it’s treated with an anti-stink agent, the ma­te­rial got pretty funky after a few wears.

THE DE­TAILS The sep­a­rate neck gaiter and hood sealed out gusts and slid eas­ily un­der a hel­met. The pants work nicely for ski­ing, too, thanks to a bunch­free knicker cut and a yoga-style waist­band. Gripes: The fab­ric has a “crunchy” feel and Un­der Ar­mour’s usual tight fit, which left some testers feel­ing con­stricted and ex­posed.

TRAIL CRED “I had to wait for my ski tour group in an open basin with gusty winds and ex­pected to go from burn­ing hot to freez­ing cold, but th­ese bot­toms kept me cozy,” says a Colorado tester. “I cooled down, but the tights didn’t trap sweat against my legs.”

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