Best Base Layer Review Announced by OutdoorGearLab

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Awards for Men's Baselayers Released for Editor's Choice, Best Buy and Top Pick

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The baselayer is the most fundamental component of cold-weather comfort.

OutdoorGearLab.com revealed today the results of the 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards for the Top Men's Base Layer review, listing this year’s best and best value. Review Editors chose the following winners after exhaustive running in the Pacific Northwest, Yosemite, Moab and skiing in the Rockies. Ten shirts were worn in side-by-side showdowns to figure out what was the best in the following categories: warmth, breathability, comfort and fit. We tested both Merino wool models as well as synthetic ones. OGL formerly called this category the performance shirt category but it is also often referred to as a running shirt or long underwear) All the contenders tested got the job done but many performed better overall and in specific situations. The value and price also factored in heavily to our decisions.

The winners are:

Icebreaker Sprint Crew
Winner of the Editors' Choice Award for 2013. According to Review Editor Atherton Phleger, "This piece is warm yet light. Other base layers are cheaper and softer, but this one performed the best in sketchy mountain weather and daily runs."

Patagonia Capilene 3 winner of the Best Buy award for 2013. This award is given to a product that balances an extremely high score in our tests and a very reasonable price. According to Phleger, "At half the cost of the competition, you can't go wrong with this garment. It is both a good value at the register, and a good long-term value because of Patagonia's awesome warranty."

Smartwool Midweight Crew winner of the Top Pick award for 2013. This award is given to a product that is best at a specific application. In this case, this was the more durable baselayer. According to Phleger, "This is the workhorse of the base layers that we put in our showdown on the ski slopes and on the trails. It took thrashing better than most other base layers which is a good thing when spending hundred dollars on a shirt."

OutdoorGearLab LLC is a company headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming dedicated to creating world’s best outdoor gear reviews. The company’s website, is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are ranked, and awards are provide to top performing products.

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