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Boys' Sports Base Layers 2-16 Years

Designed to provide an enhanced level of warmth during outdoor activities, boys' sports base layers 2-16 years are ideal to keep them warm on a freezing football pitch or a cold cross country run. Taking part in sports can be a chilly pastime, so adding a special layer can help to keep the heat in and the cold out.

How do base layers work?

A sports base layer is more than just an undergarment. Although they are designed to be worn beneath the clothes and provide an extra layer of insulation, they also have some special features and functions.

No matter how cold it is, taking part in sporting activities will generally cause boys to sweat. Sweat cools as it soaks into the clothes resulting in a layer of damp, clammy fabric next to the skin. This is not only unpleasant, it also creates a chill which can rapidly cool the muscles.

Rather than trapping the moisture, sports base layers are designed to retain a thin layer of warm air and draw away sweat. This means that the skin does not stay damp so it is easier for the body to regulate heat.

Which type of base layer?

Boys' base layers are available in two main types. Thermal base layers are suitable for colder environments. They provide a greater level of warmth which makes them appropriate for taking part in activities such as hiking or skiing.

Active base layers are designed for general sports and training. They are lighter weight and breathable, making them suitable for wearing during most types of exercise, including cycling , running and team sports.

Choosing the right size

Most boys' base layers are sized by age. However, it is worth taking note of size guides as all children are different and measurements can vary between styles and brands. A base layer should fit close to the body to work most effectively, so buying a larger size to allow room for growth may affect the garment's efficiency.

Different materials

A range of different fabrics are used to create boys' base layers. Synthetic materials such as polyester and polyester blends are lightweight and dry quickly, while natural fibres such as merino wool or bamboo can offer a soft feel.

Base layers are available in a variety of colours and styles. Tops can have long or short sleeves and may feature a high neck. Layers designed to be worn on the legs are available in shorter or longer lengths which are suitable for wearing under sports shorts or trousers.

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