The Basics Of Base Layers
Your base layers consist of things like your underwear, socks and other garments that sit next to your skin. The main purpose of a base-layer is to provide a mechanism to wick moisture (aka sweat) away from you skin quickly and effectively.
Having wet, soggy undies has two main issues. Firstly damp or wet clothing against your skin will lead to irritation, chafing and painful hotspots. Secondly, wet clothing next to your skin will result in you losing body heat faster.
Ergo, good wicking base-layers should help keep you both drier and more comfortable when out on the trails.
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