As base layers go, the Winter Zone leggings by Icebreaker are a great option, find out why

Icebreaker Winter Zone leggings RRP £75

The Winter Zone leggings from Icebreaker are pretty technical for something as ‘basic’ as a base layer. They feature the company’s now well-established ‘BodyfitZONE’ technology, which combines the temperature regulation, breathability, softness and odour-resistance of premium merino wool with strategically located ‘heat dumping’ and insulation zones.

What this latter means in plain English is that you get a combination of Lycra content for stretch and mobility with merino mesh in the crotch and around the knees for ventilation. Add to this a soft, brushed elastic waistband and flatlock seams to prevent chafing and you have one very comfortable pair of leggings. Sure, they’re not cheap, but I have a pair of Icebreaker leggings that are now onto their seventh season and still going strong, so you’re likely to get good value for your money out of them if my experience is anything to go by.

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Icebreaker say:

Midweight baselayer bottoms with optimised venting zones for active performance, the Winter Zone Leggings are ourmost technical cold-weather leggings.