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Best Base Layer for Cold Weather Hunting

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Preparing for your next hunting trip on the winter should be the least of your worries. Packing all the right stuff to bring with you should be enough to let you stand the cold weather, especially your base layer.

Best Base Layer for Cold Weather Hunting

If you are not familiar with the best fabric and design suited for cold weather hunting, we’re here to help.

We’ll provide you a list of the most trusted brands when it comes to base layers. These base layers have designs proven to provide warmth while keeping your body fresh in the middle of cold weather camping.

Icebreaker Men’s Merino 260 Tech Long Sleeve

Icebreaker Merino Men's 260 Tech Long Sleeve Half Zip Base Layer Tops, Medium, Midnight Navy

Perhaps, one thing you’d like about Icebreaker is it intentionally crafts Merino 260 Tech base layers for cold weather hunting.

With panels 100% made of merino wool, this base layer would definitely keep you warm during cool weather.

Available in midnight navy and black, the slim fit base shirt comes with a comfortable half-zipped neck collar that compliments your body figure and allows you to adjust your desired breathing comfort.

And even for a long-sleeved base layer top, you still have room for air on intense hunting days. Its underarm sleeves have gussets that allow you to move the way you like while the fabric regulates your desired body temperature.

This merino 260 from Icebreaker has offset shoulder, backward or forward-set side seams, and flatlock seams that prevent friction.
It’s durable when properly maintained. All you have to do is avoid pressing the shirt and putting it in a drier. Hang it neatly after washing. It dries quickly.

Under Armour Base Crew 3.0

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Under Armour Men's Base 3.0 Crew

-20°C is a no match for men wearing Under Armour Base Crew 3.0. The under layer long-sleeved shirt is perfect for extreme activities during cold weather.

While the piece of fabric is 81% Polyester and 19% Elasterell, the ColdGear fabric retains your body’s temperature. It keeps off the moisture in the body while working intensely at low temperatures.

The UA Scent Control system prevents odor-causing microbes so you can stay fresh.

Don’t expect this compression wear to prevent you from performing heavy tasks. The four-way stretch design provides enough mobility for your extreme hunting days in winter. The back panel is breathable enough to provide ventilation even on intense workouts.

You also have the freedom to choose from the black or lead steel shade. While the size is available from XS to 5XL, its slim expandable design fits perfectly for midweight built.

Helly Hansen H1 Pro Lifa Seamless

Helly-Hansen Men's H1 Pro LIFA 1/2 Zip, 603 North Sea Blue, X-Large

H1 Pro Lifa is one of the most comprehensive Helly Hansen base layers. Known for base layers of combining merino wool and polypropylene into their base layers, Helly Hansen expertly uses 50% merino wool, 23% polypropylene, and 25% polyamide and Elastane in H1 Pro Lifa base layers.

This multi-fabric ½ zipped top base layer combined the best fabric technology to trap excessive moisture and prevent bad odor that may come with medium to heavy-duty winter activities.

Helly Hansen also uses smart mapping technology to fully regulate body temperature, especially on winter hunting. It intelligently placed seamless laser-cut holes in most sweaty areas for a more comfortable fit and freshness all day.

Hunting or skiing? The H1 Pro Lifa Seamless is recommended for most winter activities like winter mountaineering, free ride, and back and side country ski touring.

Icebreaker Merino Men’s 200 Oasis

Icebreaker Merino Men's Mens 200 Oasis Ls Crewe, Black, XL
Icebreaker has almost made their merino wool base layers perfect, especially for intense workouts and activities for cold days. Using 100% merino wool, the Icebreaker Men’s 200 Oasis’ back and front panels make the garment breathable yet trap moisture while leaving you fresh and dry.

What brings the Icebreaker at the top of their game is that they knit crucial parts of their base layers, like the flatlock seams and offset shoulders, to prevent rubbing or friction. The inserted gussets on parts like underarms give more room for complex movements or better mobility.

Available in four color shades, Men’s 200 Oasis is a slim type undershirt with carefully fold and stitch long-sleeve crew in drop tails that allow more coverage.

Its anti-microbial properties allow you to stay fresh longer on heavy winter hunting get-aways. And being common for midweight built, this base layer is still available up to XXL size.

While you might find the arm sleeves a bit short, the fabric doesn’t shrink with proper maintenance.

Minus33 Merino Wool Kobuk Edition

Minus33 100% Merino Wool Kobuk Expedition 1/4 Zip Black Medium

Minus33 Merino Wool Kobuk Edition will make you forgot that you’re out in the cold. With its intelligent placement of a mock neck enclosed in a ¼ semi-auto-locking zipper, that gives you the freedom to vent, and thumbholes, you’ll never have to worry about looking for comfort, warmth, and freshness to wrap you up in a base layer on a cold hunting mode.

This baselayer boasts a 100% merino wool fabric that most cold winter hunters and skiers prefer. The merino wool construction ensures durability even after the challenge of wear and tear from washing and drying. You can put this undergarment in your washing machine and never have to worry about damaging it with a dryer.

Composed of 18.5 Micron Fibers, it is intelligently knitted with 400 g/m2 Expedition Interlock Knit with flatlock seams to prevent chafing.

It offers a standard fit without compression so you’ll have more room to breathe. One thing you might not notice is it has tagless labeling that removes the discomfort of itching and scratching.

And if the base layer fails you, Minus33 accepts the returned baselayers and refunds the amount paid. It’s one guarantee you may dare to risk.


Getting yourself a nice comfy base layer is one of the best investments you can get for different weathers. Your one-time purchase should always be worth the price.

The best one you can get should at least be made with merino wool and polypropylene. These two fabrics have proven benefits of trapping moisture, regulating body temperature, and anti-microbial properties.

Consider the brand, the specs and features, and most importantly, the activities you’d likely be wearing it.

In turn, you can enjoy your cold-weather hunting and be worry-free wearing the best comfy base layer for you.

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