Backpacker - - Baselayers -

OUR TAKE Ex­treme cold equals ex­treme lay­er­ing, right? Not with this sleek set. Co­lum­bia’s new Omni-Heat 3D packs a whole lotta warmth into a fairly light pack­age, keep­ing us toasty dur­ing sin­gle-digit snow­shoe treks to New Hamp­shire’s Tuck­er­man Ravine. The magic comes from the combo of Om­niHeat—a shiny alu­minum lin­ing that re­flects body heat back to the skin—plus tiny puffs of polyester fibers (the 3D part), which trap ex­tra air. One tester es­ti­mated the set was about 30 per­cent warmer than other base­lay­ers of sim­i­lar weight.

THE DE­TAILS The polyester/ elas­tane ma­te­rial is good but not great at wick­ing; the in­te­rior has a tacky feel­ing, which made us sticky at the small of the back and el­bows when temps reached the 30s (it dried quickly, though). The trade­off for such light­weight heat: Some testers found the tight cut restric­tive.

TRAIL CRED “Th­ese didn’t get a wash for a week ski­ing in Banff, but there was no weird stretch­ing you’d ex­pect af­ter wear­ing the same layer for 15 hours a day,” notes a tester. Top: $90; 7.6 oz. Tights: $90; 6 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; co­lum­

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