Laika [Mens]heavyweight baselayer
Versatile 'inbetweener' 1/2 zip top for next-to-skin comfort as a baselayer or some extra protection as a lightweight midlayer.
Laika [Mens] heavyweight baselayer
Is it a heavier weight baselayer or lightweight midlayer? Don’t sweat over the classification, Laika is pretty much two garments in one. A versatile inbetweener Laika will simplify your outdoor wardrobe whilst maximising your comfort during activity. It’s smooth outer face mean it will shrug off all kinds of abuse.
The soft brushed back is really comfortable worn next to the skin as a heavy weight base layer for when it’s properly cold, or when you’re at that awkward stage of needing more than just a long sleeve top (like the Kepler) but not quite cold enough to put on another layer. Imagine the cold, windy walk in to the Northern Corries with a heavy climbing pack – you’re hot because you’re working hard, but the wind is bitingly cold. With the Laika you’ve got a dense outer face which takes the edge off the windchill, a deep front zip if you need some extra venting, and thumb loops and a stand up collar to boost warmth if you need it.
Alternatively, it makes a great snug fitting mid layer – it is super stretchy so won’t feel restrictive, but gives you that half way house of insulation before you reach for a thicker fleece. The smooth outer face also makes it a durable option, great for dragging up gritstone boulders or over holds at the wall, pedalling past hedgerows or shouldering a heavy pack. This is the kind of layer that you never knew you needed until you got one, and soon won’t be able to remember what you did without it!
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
- Moisture wicking; 1/2 zip for ventilation
- Excellent stretch and recovery
- Durable smooth face
- Mid-height collar
- Thumb loops
- Flatlock seams
Fabric: 88% polyester, 12% spandex
Weight: S: 300 g, M: 315 g, L: 345 g, XL: 365 g, XXL: 385 g
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Excellent product even if it were twice the price. Great fit and feel with nice detailing and features such as the deep zip and thumb loops. Fit is spot-on, I'm a 41-42" chest and the Large has just a little slack without being loose or baggy. This is quite a warm and durable top, I wore it on an ascent of The Glyders on a hot day and found it a little too warm but it would be perfect as a single layer on a cool or mild day. Nice colour too (Nemo), so great for a post-hike pint at the pub. Nice job Alpkit
Alpkit do it again
I'm a self confessed Alpkit fan. Local company, with a great ethos producing quality outdoor gear at bargain prices. The Laika is a fantastic top super comfy, super stretchy, super warm. Versatile as mid layer or thicker base layer, large fits me perfect at 42" chest. Gonna buy a rocket one too. Good on yer Alpkit.
Superb baselayer for colder conditions
This really is a good piece of gear. The fit is excellent, the fabric feels good on, and it gives good warmth whilst remaining quick drying. Unlike some baselayers, it seems reasonably wind resistant, so gets worn on the bike on its own even in fairly cold conditions.
Wicking performance is arguably slightly worse than my ancient expensive Patagonia favourite, but its only slightly and is still good. I'd consider it a little too warm for high energy use in anything but cool conditions.
The fabric dries quickly enough, maybe not quite class-leading but very much so at this price. It feels like it will last.
So far, after just a couple of weeks, its been used for lots of cycling and canoeing, and is rapidly becoming a favourite garment. So I've ordered another one...
Another great piece of kit. Nice and stretchy with long arms and torso which for taller people is so important. It's not quite as warm as a micro fleece but is a great base top for winter walking and skiing. Thumb loops and chin guard are important touches. Like everyone else on these reviews, I liked it so much I now have it in both colours.
Versatile base/mid layer
This is an excellent cold weather baselayer. I use it for walking and running, the deep front zip and wicking make it suitable for both. It can withstand a bit off drizzle if you're active due to the smooth outer while the fleece inner keeps you warm when stopped.
One criticism - the neck is too tight for me zipped up while otherwise the fit is spot on.
Nice and snug
Bought in the autumn and have worn it on the hills since then. It fits snugly without being too clingy. When combined with the Arro shell it has been warm enough in January, as long as I am moving quickly. Have washed it numerous times and it is good as new, Only one minor niggle is the fact the sleeves are tight at the cuffs and do not roll up.
Two weeks in and this is one of my favourite tops to wear. Warm, light, well-made and (dare I say it) pretty stylish it's technical and looks good. So far it's handled running, cycling and general wear on cold days. I love the thumb loops!
This evening I wore it with a down jacket and felt plenty warm despite it being a damp 2 degrees outside. It's coming with me to Oslo in a few days time.
Falling between the medium and large sizes (42/43 inch chest, 6ft 3, long body, long arms), I opted for a large and it's a comfortable, slightly looser fit. Not sprayed on like some of my cycling kit, but closer fitting that some other outdoor tops I have. Spot on - a rear zipped pocket would have been THE top to rule them all, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Spot on Alpkit, spot on.
I Laika it, not a little but a lot!
Only recently came across AK, first item bought. Both myself and partner love them. Fit is really good, nice warm baselayer, thumb loops, zip neck, and only £28.00. Half the price of similar kit from big names. have the green and now just ordered blue. Also bought Akita and Yakutian midlayers now on hunch that they will be just as good.
Lovely and snug
Lovely and warm but not overly stuffy when the sun comes out.
A great fit, which is unusual for me to find for a lanky person. As with all the other alpkit gear I've had it feels well constructed and feels like it should last.
I picked it up as a running top, but I've started using it on the bike as well now. Brilliant.
Great top for cold weather activities
The top fit like one of those 1980s tracksuits you used to wear at school, nice and snug, stretchy, keeps wind out, but not too hot. I just tested it on an 8 mile run, which worked great. Should be good to wear walking on the hills next week.
Great Base or Mid Layer for Cycling.
A great layer that I've been putting to use for colder cycle commutes. Once warmed up I'm happy wearing just this layer (usually between 0 - 8 Degrees). +1 for Thumb holes! Will put it to the test as a mid layer for hiking.