Why we all need HAPPY Base Layers in our Life

Posted on March 01, 2019 by Team LG

What is a HAPPY base layer?

Base layers are an essential piece of equipment. That’s right, we said it: “a piece of equipment”. You wouldn't play squash without a racket, nor would you luge without a sled; so, why set out for a day of adventure without Lon Gundie? Through what is referred to as 'capillary action' (highly scientific for wicking), this second skin serves to manage moisture and to keep you dry and comfy. The equation is simple: feeling good + looking good = going the distance.  Ahhh, happy.

Which fabrics are best for base layers?

Base layers come in three basic materials: wool, silk, and synthetic. Wool is naturally antimicrobial and is very warm. On the flip-side, wool is not quite as fast drying as a synthetic fiber and is sometimes itchy. Silk, while often modified to enhance wicking, wicks more slowly than a synthetic; but, it is the least bulky and is typically quite soft. Synthetic fibers blend the best of both materials: great water wicking properties, warm, comfortable, and can be silky smooth. Synthetics also have the ability to take on finishes like anti-bacterial (stinky free) and spf (sun block). In the end, it’s really about preference. Do you prefer an itchy, smelly, not so quick drying fabric or, would you prefer a cozy, sweet-smelling, luxurious one like WinterwarmTM

How should a base layer fit?

Over its storied history, the base layer has had many monikers: long johns, long underwear, thermals, first layers, second skins. Generally speaking, they are supposed to fit as all of those labels might suggest: snuggly. Yet the idea of snug is super subjective. We prefer to think ‘fitted’ or 'body-contoured', rather than squished. The purpose of the winter base layer is to move moisture away from the skin to the outer layer of the fabric where it will evaporate right into thin air. If your base layer is snug, air circulating around your body will remain close to your skin and keep you warm. Let’s all say it together: snug, not squishy.

 

 

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Size Charts
Women’s (inches)
Lon Gundie
US Numeric
Bust
Waist
Hip
X-Small
0 - 2
29.5 - 32.5
23.5 - 26.0
33.0 - 35.5
Small
4 - 6
32.5 - 35.5
26.0 - 29.0
35.5 - 38.5
Medium
8 - 10
35.5 - 38.0
29.0 - 31.5
38.5 - 41.0
Large
12 - 14
38.0 - 40.5
31.5 - 34.0
41.0 - 43.5
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Men’s (inches)
Lon Gundie
Chest
Waist
Hip
Small
35.0 - 37.5
29.0 - 32.0
35.0 - 37.5
Medium
37.5 - 41.0
32.0 - 35.0
37.5 - 41.0
Large
41.0 - 44.0
35.0 - 38.0
41.0 - 44.0
X-Large
44.0 - 48.5
38.0 - 41.0
44.0 - 47.0
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Junior’s (inches)
Lon Gundie
Avg. Age
Height
Chest
Waist
X-Small
6 - 8
48 - 50
  27
22.0 - 24.0
Small
8 - 10
50 - 54
  28
24.0 - 25.5
Medium
10 - 12
54 - 58
  30
25.5 - 27.0
Large
12 - 14
58 - 62
  32
27.0 - 29.0