LE BENT LE BASE 200 LIGHT­WEIGHT CREW

Backpacker - - Baselayers -

OUR TAKE Yes, we em­brace rough­ing it, but that doesn’t mean we don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the soft­est fab­ric against our skin. The Le Base 200’s blend of bam­boo rayon (66.5 per­cent), merino (30.5 per­cent), and ly­cra (3 per­cent) “felt as soft as my fa­vorite old cot­ton tee,” says one tester. An­other liked the but­tery feel so much she slept in it at home. The merino/rayon combo also con­trib­utes to solid tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion through var­ied con­di­tions: We used the Le Base on ev­ery­thing from dig­ging snow pits at -10°F to cross-coun­try ski­ing and trail run­ning in the 20s.

THE DE­TAILS This top has am­ple stretch, and the long­cut sleeves and hem stayed tucked ex­actly where we wanted them. Wick­ing is about av­er­age for nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. We some­times felt sweaty, but the fab­ric pulled mois­ture away from the skin even if it didn’t feel to­tally dry (mois­ture is held in the core of the yarn, away from the skin). And the Le Base held its shape well through mul­ti­ple uses.

TRAIL CRED “This top was so warm, I could wear it with a much lighter wind­shell and still feel com­fort­able,” said a tester af­ter a 20°F snow­shoe­ing trip. $85; 8.5 oz.; m’s S-XL, w’s XS-L; lebent.com

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