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13 April 2017

Body Barrier - Kit Review

Alf tells us about the new British brand of base layers hoping to keep you warm and dry this season...

PRICE: £65.95

WEBSITE: BODY BARRIER BASE LAYER

WHAT THEY SAY:

  • Perfect thermal base layer
  • Mens Thermal Long Sleeved Top
  • Black Microtex fabric
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Special fabric for warmth and comfort
BOdy Barrier Thermal
This British made base layer is perfect for anyone looking for a tighter fit thermal!

WHAT ALF SAYS: Body Barrier is a new British company producing high performance base layers which, they claim, offer ‘extra insulation and thermal protection… due to the use of a ‘brushed’ techno-fabric’.

Said ‘techno-fabric’ is in fact a two-way stretch Lycra which has undergone a brushing treatment on the inside to increase the level of thermal insulation it offers – and it has to be said that it feels really nice against the skin, both soft and almost cushioning.

The material also has excellent wicking properties, and the Lycra content results in a tight, figure-hugging fit which will appeal to some and not to others. It’s also worth noting that if you’re using it in warm, sunny weather, this base layer will provide UV protection, whilst in very cold weather the long cut means you can also pull it down over your bum for a little extra insulation on cold chairs.

Build quality feels good, although this means it’s not the lightest or most packable of base layers, and it is quite pricey. Whether the bold Union Jack logo and company branding will appeal to everyone is also a moot point, but it did feel warm, snug and comfortable which are the main things you’re after with any base layer.

FOR: Snug fit, nice quality

AGAINST:Quite pricey, logo/branding may not appeal to everyone

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

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