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Dæhlie 36522nd September

HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BASELAYER?

When nature is your arena, with its ever-shifting conditions, choosing the right baselayer is key to achieving your best performance.

Your baselayer is a crucial component of your layering system, its regulation of body temperature, moisture management and wicking abilities allow you to focus solely on exerting your full potential. The most important factor for you to take into consideration when choosing what baselayer will be the optimal fit for you, is the intensity and duration of your intended workout.

First, let’s explore why the three named properties above are essential for your workout.



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Moisture management

When you are in pursuit of your new personal best outdoors, managing moisture is of the utmost importance. Retaining moisture in cold weather will cool your body’s core temperature during rest, and if left damp it could result in the onset of hypothermia. On the other hand, damp fabrics in warm environments can cause rubbing, chafing, and extreme discomfort.

Regulating body temperature

Nature has provided us with the ultimate training ground, being both inspirational and challenging in and of itself. The main challenge posed can often be temperature. Your baselayer will keep you cool and prevent overheating under warm conditions. In colder conditions, it is your primary layer of insulation, ensuring warmth by trapping air within its fine fibers.

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Wicking

Wicking refers to the way liquid naturally moves between the yarns of fabric in your baselayer. The baselayer is designed to wick moisture to the outside of the garment, where it will evaporate faster, and demand less energy from your body to do so. Ultimately, it keeps you dry. In warm conditions, it will assist in keeping you cool, preventing overheating. During your sessions in the cold, it ensures that as little as possible moisture is held next to your skin, which would otherwise rapidly chill you during rest.

Through 20 years of experience, Dæhlie has developed a complete range of functional baselayers, continuously combining design and comfort with cutting edge fabrics to allow you to maximize your performance. We constantly seek innovation in our fabrics, and want to provide you maximum comfort even through your most challenging workouts.

Wool v. Synthetics

Through Dæhlie’s pursuit of perfection, we have found that the right blend of wool, other natural fibers, and technically advanced synthetic fibers extends the durability of the garment, without compromising quality of its essential properties. Dæhlie believes in sustainability, and strive for products that will endure even the most intense activities. Through ethically sourced materials, the use of recycled polyester and biodegradable wool, we stand for respecting nature throughout our process, so that you can continue using it as your training ground and source of inspiration.

Nature has provided us with its own technically advanced, high-performance fabric – wool. It absorbs an impressive amount of moisture, leaving your skin dry and comfortable. No matter how hard you push your limits, it still maintains breathability. Wools natural fibers adapt to their surroundings, and is superior to any other material when it comes to temperature control, both in hot and cold conditions. In fact, we recommend wool year-round for many of your training sessions, as its numerous qualities can significantly enhance your performance, regardless of season.

Wool also has the remarkable ability to break down the bacteria that forms odor, eliminating the need for damaging antibacterial substances to achieve that fresh feeling for longer.

Many baselayers are made with synthetic fibers, and we use polyester in our range. Our leading edge designs are lightweight, and feels soft on the skin. Polyester’s hydrophobic nature gives it optimal moisture-wicking abilities, moving the sweat away from your body where it can evaporate more efficiently. This also means that the fibers don’t absorb water, or sweat, allowing the baselayer to dry faster. We see synthetics as the preferred fabric for high intensity or interval training, when you have the option to change right after.

We also use Tencel® Lyocell in our Performance products, a fiber gathered from cellulose mass from the sustainable eucalyptus tree. This tree grows quickly, and is gathered from a FSC*-certified supplier, with no use of genetic modifications or artificial watering. It is as durable as polyester, and soft like silk. Its breathability, moisture management and anti-bacterial properties makes it ideal for both high or low intensity training.



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Intensity levels

Ultimately, when choosing the right baselayer, it is important to consider the intensity level of your workout. When you are pushing your limits to the max, and pursuing your full potential in high intensity activities, breathability is more important than insulation. During your low intensity workouts, a comfortable baselayer that keeps you temperated is the optimal choice.

Spend some time looking at our collection, and find the baselayer that matches your demands, and get the maximum effect of your training.

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Training Wool – The optimal comfortable wool blend baselayer for training in all conditions

This is the optimal year-round woolen baselayer, as the merino wool ensures comfort regardless of season and intensity level. It keeps you well-insulated when it’s cold, and effectively cools you down in warmer conditions. Strategically placed mesh panelling ensures optimal breathability, amplifying the wools already efficient wicking properties during both rest and activity. Its functionality is optimized so that you can maximize your efforts without compromising comfort, no matter what time of year.



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Compete Tech – The ultimate wool blend baselayer for the highest intensity workouts

Designed for the most demanding, high-intensity workouts and competitions, Compete Tech is second to none when it comes to temperature regulation. It is a sustainability innovation, comprised of a cutting edge blend of Tencel®, recycled polyester and merino wool. This combination ensures optimal insulation, efficient moisture management and swift drying of the garment. This is the ultimate baselayer when you need to push your limits. The incredibly lightweight fabric feels soft and comfortable on your skin, allowing you to focus solely on achieving your best.



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Airnet Wool – The wool blend baselayer perfected for high-intensity training

This baselayer is the optimal adaption of wool for high-intensity training. The mesh structure blend comprised of 80% merino wool reinforced by nylon, allows the baselayer excellent breathability and temperature regulation. Featuring panelling of 100% wool to further emphasize this baselayer’s unique properties and provide a bit more coverage than the Allnet. Designed to provide insulation during low intensity levels, whilst also effectively evaporating excess moisture during the high-intensity training, you can trust Airnet Wool to keep you comfortable throughout the year, whether summer or winter.



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Allnet Wool – The wool blend mesh baselayer perfected for high-intensity training

This baselayer is the optimal adaption of wool for high-intensity training. The mesh structure blend comprised of 80% merino wool reinforced by nylon, allows the baselayer excellent breathability and temperature regulation. Designed to provide insulation during low intensity levels, whilst also effectively evaporating excess moisture during the high-intensity activity, you can trust Allnet Wool to keep you comfortable throughout the year, whether summer or winter.



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Performance Tech – The ultimate year-round breathable wool blend baselayer

A lightweight baselayer designed for training in all temperature conditions. Constructed with strategically placed mesh panels under the arms, it ensures optimal breathability and comfort. Comprised of a technically advanced blend of Tencel®, merino wool and technical fibers, it gives you all the benefits of the wool, whilst adding the quick-drying properties of the synthetic fibers. Perfected for all intensity levels, during any season, allowing you to exert your maximum potential throughout the year.



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Endurance Tech – The optimal comfortable synthetic baselayer regardless of season

This is the optimal year-round synthetic baselayer. The lightweight and elastic material allows for maximized comfort and mobility. Designed with a polyester rib knit that ensures optimal wicking abilities, this garment dries quickly and efficiently regulates temperature. Endurance Tech is perfect for moderate- or high-intensity activities, no matter what time of year, and allows you the comfort to focus on achieving your goals with full force.

*(FSC-certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.)