If you’ve read our backpacking Europe packing list or our guide to dressing for winter in Europe you’ve seen that I’ve been recommending Icebreaker base layers (long underwear) for a long time now, so I thought I would do a more in-depth review of the Icebreaker Oasis 200 Base Layers. In this guide we will review the Oasis Long Sleeve Crew 200 and the Oasis Leggings 200.
What is a base layer?
The base layer is the close-fitting layer of clothing you wear directly against your skin. In short, it provides warmth and it wicks away sweat from your skin. You can read more information about base layers on our guide to layering.
Icebreaker Oasis 200 Base Layer Review
Icebreaker makes some of the best performance clothing on the market — they make everything from underwear and socks to pants and coats. But Icebreaker is best known for their fine New Zealand merino wool. I know that a lot of people have bad memories of itchy wool sweaters and socks — but the high-quality merino wool that Icebreaker uses is actually super soft and non-itchy.