Just what are sports baselayers?

You might have noticed a new trend in football for wearing baselayers. Where in the past, footballers used to wear long sleeved shirts to keep warm on a December Tuesday night, some of the Premier League’s top stars are now opting to wear baselayers to gain any performance boost that they can.

The technology, on the face of it, doesn’t sound particularly groundbreaking but in practice, a number of leading sportsmen have continued to use them week after week.

The garments claim to “enhance thermal protection” and improve the movement of moisture from the body which, in simple terms, means that they keep you warm but won’t let you sweat underneath your regular playing kit.

Most sports baselayers also utilise technology that claims to bolster muscle support, minimising the risk of injury, increasing circulation in the body and thereby improving stamina and output efficiency. Anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour causing microbes and the garments are also designed to offer you UV protection.

It all sounds very space age, especially for what is largely an undergarment, but leading sportsmen would now be reluctant to take to the field without them – top internationals from the world of football, rugby and athletics have all used them in recent years.

To give you a close up of what they are actually wearing, we have picked out this UNDER ARMOUR Mens Cold Gear Mock Baselayer, which comes in a range of colours.

The effects come from a mixture of polyamide, polyester and elastane materials in a skin tight garment that is designed to support your key muscles much more than a typical T-shirt of vest.

Adidas have also got in on the act with this Techfit Seamless T-shirt, using the same materials and much of the same science behind the Under Armour top.

The same technology is also available in a sleeveless top, like this Nike Pro core sleeveless baselayer. This top features Nike Dri-Fit technology to help keep you dry and comfortable and has been engineered to allow optimum freedom of movement and has exceptionable durability.

2nd February 2011
Written by Very_Lauren