- Dec 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm #3569709
Paul bayneBPL Member
I am looking for a “smooth” base layer. I have started to use the Rab Alpha Direct jacket and OR Asdendant Jackets for winter climbing. Due to the nature of the fleece like interior, these jackets bind just a little bit to my base layer (I use the MEC version of an R1 hoody). I’m a looking for a smoother faced base layer to use under these kind of jackets. The patagonia TechFace R1 looks like a good material, only about an ounce heavier than a regular R1, but the hood does not look like it will work as an under-helmet hood like regular R1 styles. A “techface” body with the regular R1 hoody looks ideal.Dec 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm #3569717
Paul S.BPL Member
What about a light, breathable wind shirt over your base layer, like the Airshed? It would add warmth but it could be useful if you want to trap that last layer of heat in when you take off your mid layer jacket.Dec 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm #3569727
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I would take your jacket to the local North Face store and see what they have. TNF has been making some nice grid fleece items lately.Dec 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm #3569740
Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
If you can’t find what you are looking for you might experiment with turning an R1 (or similar) inside out.Dec 22, 2018 at 5:26 am #3569777
Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
You could try an expedition weight wool baselayer.
The finish on my mid weight Patagonia Capilene base layers is “smoother”, slippier than exterior of my R1. You could try the Capilene expedition weight base layer.Feb 12, 2019 at 2:52 am #3578002
Edward John MBPL Member
I second adding in a smooth and UL windshirt over your winter weight base layer. I use a Montane FeatherLite
Although showing signs of wear now it is quite old, I’ve been using it for at least 6 yearsFeb 13, 2019 at 2:24 am #3578197
Ryan SBPL Member
I have a north face summit series l2 fuseform half zip hoodie, polartec grid fleece on the inside and has a polartec hardface outer fabric, I use it as a midlayer with a baselayer underneath. If you hold it up in the light you can see through it due to the grid pattern, so obviously very breathable, if the wind is an issue throw a wind shirt on top and your golden. I actually found it on sale for $112 rather than paying $200. I like the fit 10x better than the patagonia r1. Hope this helps.Feb 14, 2019 at 12:21 am #3578334
Paul S.BPL Member
Have you looked at the Nano Air Light? It has a smooth outer, a bit lighter than the R1 and about as warm. The shell is very breathable.
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