SmartWool Men's Lightweight Bottom

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Let a sheep do the work for you, Smartwool’s base layer bottoms keep you toasty.

Feb 27, 2007 (Updated Feb 9, 2008)
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Pros:Warm, keeps your skin dry, seems to be very durable, doubles as sleep-pants in colder-weather.

Cons:Expensive to purchase, hard to patch if you rip them somehow.

The Bottom Line: The best way to defeat cold weather is to add layers and make sure your base layer wicks sweat away. SmartWool bottoms are first-rate in quality and performance, highly recommended!


----- Socks, shirts, hats, and now pants… what’s with all the wool? -----

After using my Smartwool base layer shirt for a few months I returned to my Smartwool dealer to look for a matching base layer bottom for the coming winter months. Smartwool has taken their unique blend of Merino wool and worked it into a large variety of short and long sleeve shirts and pants for all seasons. All their tops and bottoms are available in four densities, Microweight (all season underwear), Lightweight (year around base layer or warm weather primary layer), Midweight (warmest weight for cold weather activites and layering), and finally Versawear, a primary layer designed with fashion and function in mind.

Smartwool isn’t anything like wool used to be, if fact it’s so soft and comfortable I like its feel better than cotton or synthetics on my skin. The wool used in all four densities of base layers is a blend of Merino wool grown on sheep and perfected by Smartwool. Wool is really like a wonder fabric for outdoor enthusiasts as it controls odor naturally, manages moisture and wicks it away better than cotton or synthetics, and never itches thanks to the SmartTech used to blend the wool fibers.

----- How do I like my SmartyPants? -----

First of all, yes these base layer bottoms are expensive… but you’ll have them for many years to come and they work really well. I normally wear Dickies type work pants during the week and when working outside they aren’t warm at all on cold or windy days. With lightweight Smartwool bottoms underneath it’s a whole different workday, my legs stay warm and dry without any sweatiness or clammy feeling on damp, cold days. When running outside or riding my bikes in colder weather I slide my Smartwool bottoms underneath my Pearl Izumi tights for an unbeatable combination. One of the toughest point to point events in the USA, The Subaru Iceman Cometh mountain bike race is held in northern Michigan the first Saturday every November. Last year the temperature was in the low 20s at the start and around 15 degrees at the finish line with a light wind most of the race. With the wool base layer and lycra outer layer my legs were either toasty warm or just barely warm throughout the race which is just the way I like it when riding.

The only way I can describe how Smartwool feels is that it’s a combination of silk and synthetic only without the “plastic-like” feeling of some synthetics. If you’re familiar with the term comfort food, this is comfort fabric… cozy and cuddly and right next to your skin. I love my base layer shirt and bottoms, although I only own one set it’s been enough for my needs as I don’t wear Smartwool every day.

No special care is required to wash your Smartwool base layers, just machine wash on gentle with cold water and tumble dry on low. Don’t use bleach or iron your Smartwool clothing. As a company Smartwool is very concerned that you’re happy with their products, if you’re not satisfied with any of their products just bring back the items to any dealer with a receipt and they will exchange your item or return your money, With that kind of an offer there’s no reason not to try some sheep next to your skin!

Related links:

The North Face Make It So S/S Shirt
The North Face Paramount Convertible Pants

SmartWool Adrenaline Crew Sock
SmartWool Adrenaline Multi-Sport LT Micro
SmartWool Men's Lightweight Short Sleeve Tee
DeFeet Cycling Socks
Sockguy Wool Cycling Socks

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

© Openroad 2006


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