SMARTWOOL MERINO 250 BASE LAYER ONE PIECE

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OUR TAKE Win­ter body suits are all about sim­plic­ity. A sin­gle piece of fab­ric means a closed sys­tem for bet­ter body heat re­ten­tion—and you never have to deal with ex­posed skin due to shift­ing hems. “Lay­ers just fit bet­ter when they’re all one piece,” notes a tester. “There’s never ex­tra ma­te­rial bunch­ing up un­der my hip­belt.” An­other tester was used to bat­tling midriff sweat, but the sin­gle, con­tin­u­ous fab­ric wicked and breathed bet­ter than over­lap­ping lay­ers.

THE DE­TAILS This merino one­sie em­ploys a dou­ble-in­ter­lock knit, which packs more yarns per square inch for ex­tra warmth— mean­ing it’s best on the colder end of the spec­trum (-10°F to 25°F). Fe­male testers liked the hip-zip drop seat. Ding: Some testers found the an­kle cuffs too loose to stay put but too tight to hike up.

TRAIL CRED “I don’t usu­ally wear base­lay­ers with a hood, but the one on this suit is a great in­te­grated neck-and-head cover in sunny con­di­tions, with­out be­ing too warm,” one tester says. $225; 1 lb. 3 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; smartwool.com

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