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Chris gives his take on this baselayer by The North Face – and explains why he chose it as a ‘Recommended’ buy


Low in cost, this top by The North Face is the best value of the synthetic tops tested. It’s a basic crew neck design made from a double layer of soft fabric with hollow core fibres.Recommended

The polypropylene material wicks moisture very fast and dries very quickly. It doesn’t stink after use either, belying polypropylene’s poor reputation in this regard.

As the name says this base layer is a warm top – very warm for the weight – and definitely a garment for cold weather. The top has long sleeves and a long back and neither ride up.

The fabric stretches and the sleeves can easily be pushed up. There are no seams over the shoulders. The fit is a little on the small side. The Large is fairly close-fitting on me.

The weight is low, making this a top that could be carried for camp wear.

Reviewed December 2015.

Overview

  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: cost, fast wicking, fast drying, warm

Cons: no zip neck

  • Price: £40
  • Weight: 174g
  • Fabric: HyActive hollow core polypropylene
  • Neck: Crew
  • Cuffs: plain
  • Sizes: men S-XL, women XS-L
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