Base Layers Shouldn’t Drag You Down

Get the Best Fit and Performance with Flex-Wear

When you work in the cold you know that layering is a major factor for staying warm. You likely spent a lot of time choosing the outer layer like jackets for employees, but what about base layers? Do you provide base layers or just let employees choose what they wear, which could leave them vulnerable? The wrong base layer can impact performance and comfort just as much as a poor outer layer.

The base layer is the layer that lies against your skin, so it needs to accomplish three important things: warmth, moisture control and flexibility.  RefrigiWear’s durable, lightweight Flex-Wear Base Layers provide all three.

Warmth

How warm your base layer needs to be depends on a number of factors, such as your mid and outer layers and the environment you are in. Sometimes a warmer base layer paired with a vest or mid-weight outer layer is enough protection for the conditions. In other conditions, you might want a lighter base layer paired with a heavier outer layer to stay warm. What is important to remember is that your base layer isn’t merely an undershirt (or pants) – it is a key factor in keeping your warm in cold conditions.

RefrigiWear’s Flex-Wear Top and Heavy-Weight Flex-Wear Top comes in two weights so you can create the best layering combination. For additional warmth, there is a top with a built in hood, base layer pants, and Flex-Wear headwear.

Moisture Control

Even in cold environments, when you work hard you sweat. Sweat is the body’s way of cooling the body off. But in a cold environment, if that moisture collects under you clothes, it will only serve to make you colder and uncomfortable. To fight this, you need base layers made from materials that wick moisture away from your skin and allow it to evaporate. Cotton is a poor choice for base layers – it retains moisture. Fabrics that are naturally moisture wicking, and that have additional coatings for assistance, are perfect choices for base layers to help combat sweat. RefrigiWear’s Flex-Wear is a polyester / spandex blend with an anti-microbial finish to fight the cold brought on by moisture.

 

Base Layers

Better Movement

We have said it before, and we’ll say it again (because we know it is true): performance is just as important as protection when choosing work gear for the cold. Clothing that keeps you warm but prevents you from doing your job to the highest level isn’t going to help you get the job done and only prolongs your time in the cold.

Not hindering movement is especially important with base layers since they are the layer closest to your skin and need to feel more like a “second skin” than a jacket. Therefore, choose base layers that are flexible and stretch with your movements. RefrigiWear’s Flex-Wear offers 4-way stretch, so it moves every direction you do.

All base layers are not made equal, especially when it comes to working in the cold.

Make sure you have the right gear to stay protected without hindering your performance.