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Earlier this fall, I asked a handful of runners, skiers, and other outdoor exercisers to recommend their favorite base layers, and I wasn’t at all surprised when Smartwool pieces came up again and again. Soft and warm yet breathable and moisture-wicking, merino wool is a perfect winter workout fabric and Smartwool makes some of the best merino base layers out there. I’ll run in one on its own on a mild day or layer one under a heavier running jacket when it’s freezing out. I’ve also brought them on skiing trips and found that they’re the ideal thickness for keeping warm on the mountain.
This top isn’t just for athletes, though. Even if you never lace up your sneakers for a cold morning run or put on ski boots this winter, the soft merino shirt makes for a surprisingly versatile part of an everyday wardrobe. When it’s freezing out, it’s thin enough to layer under a heavier sweater for an added layer of warmth, and you could also wear it underneath a short-sleeve or sleeveless dress to bring a summer favorite into the winter. In solid colors and without any huge logos (there’s a tiny bit of branding at the left hip and wrist — most of which would be hidden when layering), it’s not obviously activewear either.
Normally $95, the base layer tops rarely go on sale as they’re part of the brand’s core collection, but this cyber Monday you can pick one (or two) up for 25 percent off.
Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew - Women’s
Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew - Men’s
Smartwool Merino 250 Bottom - Women’s
Smartwool Merino 250 Bottom - Men’s
The brand’s base-layer leggings are also on sale. Wear them under your ski pants or even your jeans on an ice-cold day.
Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Half Zip
If you prefer a half-zip, this is a good deal on a similar top from Icebreaker.
Nike Element Dry Half-Zip Running Top
This classic Nike mid-layer top is on sale for under $50 and is still available in a bunch of colors.
Under Armour Women’s 6 Pack Liner No Show Socks
A week’s worth of running socks for only $15.
Zella Stand Out Seamless Training Tee
A soft, seamless running top is also good for layering or on its own when it’s warmer out.
Brooks Fiona Medium-Impact Adjustable Sports Bra (B-DD)
When I worked at a running store, the Fiona was easily our best selling sports bra. It’s supportive without being suffocating — and at 35 percent off, now’s a good time to pick one up in basic black.
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