Under / Base Layers

On your travels, bringing along a base layer to wear under other clothing will provide extra warmth should it be required as well as other possible clothing combinations.

One type of Under or Base Layer clothing is Compression Clothing.  Compression clothing is a type of clothing that fit tight around the skin.  As compression clothing is usually made of non-cotton materials such as Polyester/Elastane, they are light weight, quick drying and packable, taking up little room in your pack.

See our page on Dressing in Layers for more information.

In medical contexts, compression garments provide support for people who have to stand for long periods or have poor circulation. They come in varying degrees of compression and garments worn on the legs may help prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling, especially while traveling.

Compression clothing can be quite expensive, especially when shopping at your local sporting goods store.  We have found that Target (www.Target.com) and Amazon offer alternatives to the otherwise expensive versions and are perfect for travel.

Men's Champion Double-Dry Compression Shirt Champion Women's Double Dry Long Sleeve Compression Top
  • Sells for about $15 or less
  • 84% Polyester/16% Spandex
  • Sort-sleeve compression tee in double-dry moisture-wicking fabric with reflective logo at shoulder
  • Flatlock stitching to prevent chafing

Wearing any shirt that has a reflective logo can actually be an issue in photos using a flash.  We have actually had a logo reflect back so much that it has ruined a photo.

  • Sells for less than $20
  • Body: 84% Cationic Polyester/16% Spandex
  • Athletic-shirts closure
  • Double Dry┬« fabric wicks moisture away from the body and helps control moisture buildup
  • Flatlock stitching to reduce chafing
  • Close to body fit for comfort
  • 2-needle hem sleeves and bottom
  • V-neck
  • 'C' logo on left shoulder
ColdPruf Men's Basic Dual Layer Base Layer Bottom ColdPruf Women's Platinum Dual Layer Bottom
  • ColdPruf Technical Fiber Polyester
  • 60% Combed Ring Spun Cotton/40% Polyester
  • Flat Seams and Tag less for Comfort
  • Front and Back Rise with Comfort Waistband
  • Ring Spun Yarns Provides Exceptional Softness
  • Thermachoice system: Cold to Very Cold Weather/Low to Medium Activity
  • ColdPruf Technical Fiber Polyester
  • Inside 100% CPT Performance Polyester/ Outside 70% Polyester, 30% Merino Wool
  • Tagless Garment with Flat Seams for Comfort
  • Comfort Logo Waistband
  • Front and Back Rise with Gussets
  • Thermachoice System: Very Cold to Extreme Cold Weather / Medium to High Activity
  • Ring Spun Yarns Provides Exceptional Softness
Men's Short Sleeve Compression Shirt
Women's Long Sleeve Compression Shirt
Men's ColdPruf Base Layer Pants
Women's ColdPruf Base Layer Pants