Ultralight T-Shirts and Baselayer

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by PhilHo, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I've bought and tried various T-shirts and baselayers over the years. I almost permanently live in merino t-shirts but further to advice from @Chiseller on what is best under Alpha and having squeamishness issues regarding Merino and some of the horrific practices on Australian farms I'm looking for alternatives.

    At the same time I want to buy ultralight gear.

    I've tried Uniqlo Airism, not sure I like the slinky feel.

    ULOG have some that may be interesting and Rohan Ultra Silver might be good but they don't have my size. Chiseller mentioned Brynje which look "interesting".

    To save me buying half a dozen T-shirts to find I'm not sure about any of them I wonder if you could help me narrow down my selection by telling me what you have found good and why?

  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    OR Echo = Rab Interval = Rab Pulse. Very breathable and wicks fast. Also good on their own on hot days.
    On the last trip, I wore an Arcteryx Phase SV and that worked well but it's only for very cold weather. I'd say it resists smell less well than others as well.
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  3. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Ditto on the Echo, Interval, Pulse, same fabric, excellent light base layer.
  4. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Morvelo and Chapeau do really nice mesh baselayers.
    Chapeau have a sale on at the mo and Morvelo can be got at Wiggle and Probikekit.
  5. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    And another +1
  6. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    + another 1 on the echo

    Didn't like the Rab pulse, arms too long and the neck thing got on my nerves
  7. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Patagonia 9 trails LS or SS (so, so comfy)
    Patagonia Capilene cool daily or 1/2 zip
    Arcteryx Cormac zip neck (Great looser fit, soft, soft soft)
  8. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    If you don't like the silky look and feel of some of the fabrics, Odlo have a good non-shiny selection and they have a sale on their site at the moment
  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Columbia do some good ones in their trail race series as do asics.
  10. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

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  11. Pala2

    Pala2 Backpacker

    One more thing about the echo (I own 1 zip and 1 hoody): it's surprisingly warm without any air flow. At nights, I can often keep my arms out of my quilt when only wearing it.
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  12. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I quite agree: with no wind, it isn't exactly warm-warm but certainly warmer than expected.
  13. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I wear mine in the pool for kayak practice. The many unexpected uses of an Echo!
  14. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Seems like the stock of the Echo hoody has dried up in Europe

    Hopefully the usual retailers restock before summer
  15. MyHatGandhi

    MyHatGandhi Summit Camper

    I've been flipping between my Rab Aeon, Aldi merino and Rab Interval for the past few years so far it's no contest, Rab Interval all the way.

    The others are fine, but the interval feels nicer and dries incredibly fast. A must for me!
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  16. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    Short sleeved Rab Aeon tee-shirt for summer. In winter I'm still wearing my North Cape Capalene shirts even though their over twenty years old. They just won't wear out, which is why they went bust.
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  17. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I just called in to Decathlon in Sheffield. They have 2 T shirts around the 100g mark that look interesting but having just ordered an OR Echo I want to have a good look at that to compare before I maybe get one of these as well.

    £7.99 Quencha MH500

    £1.99 (these were £3.99 in store and I thought that was a steal) QUECHUA Men's Mountain Walking Short-Sleeved T-Shirt MH100
  18. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    That T shirt is heavy -MH500. My Patagonian LW Capilene T shirt weighs 60 gms in L it is perfect. They never wear out either. The inserts for Odour control Pfff-do nothing on the MH500 grid fleecey thing. So can't imagine they'll do anything here other than transfer the smell back to you. I would avoid unless for casual or slow going strolling wear.
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  19. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Thanks for the tip off. Looks like my slight doubts were well founded.
  20. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    The OR Echo record has arrived. 100g in size XL. The size is fairly generous and I think I'd have got away with a L and probably saved 10 - 15g. I've got it on now and like the feel of it.
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  21. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker


    Sportful baselayer, 41g, £15. Looks good.
  22. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Interesting. I see that they have limited sizes but they are available at that price elsewhere. I'm happy with my OR Echo.

    I am looking for a warm lightweight base layer T shirt. Perhaps you don't get those things together. I have a merino blend one that is 130g and think I might stick with that unless I find something much lighter and as warm.
  23. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    Cannot believe no-one has mentioned the Paramo Cambia. I have a couple in both long and short sleeve. I find it warm, dries quickly, doesn't smell even after 4 or 5 days. It's reversible but I cannot remember which way round it is and never noticed any difference anyway.
    Got a ss that I've had for 4 years and it's still in good condition.
  24. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    After previously taking the pish out of the idea of wearing one, I have, bought a Brynje s/s T-shirt.

    Superb base layer.
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  25. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    And it will last you years... They do a good impression of smelly helly after a bit.... But wash quick and dry as you wear it...
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