Laika [Mens] heavier weight next-to-skin base layer
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Imagine the cold, windy walk in to the Northern Corries shouldering a heavy climbing pack, or dragging yourself over a top out in grit season, or pedalling past hedgerows on a winter morning – you’re hot because you’re working hard, but the wind is bitingly cold.
Heavyweight 4 season base layer or snug yet stretchy summer lightweight micro fleece? Don’t sweat the classification.
Highly versatile, Laika’s dense outer face takes the edge of the wind chill, with thumb loops and a high collar for warm boost when you need it. A deep front zip gives extra ventilation, keeping you cool when working hard in colder climes.
A soft brushed back and flatlock seams make it super comfy next to the skin, whilst the outer is hardwearing enough to stand up to the rough stuff.
Two garments in one, Laika will simplify your outdoor wardrobe whilst maximising your comfort, what more do you need to know?
- Winter base layer/lightweight summer mid layer
- Wicks moisture away from the skin for comfort
- Excellent stretch and recovery for unrestricted movement
- Durable, smooth face with a great feel
- Mid-height collar keeps the chill off your neck
- Deep front zip for ventilation
- Thumb loops for a warm boost
- Flatlock seams for next-to-skin comfort
- Polygieneï¿½ Technology: Wear more, wash less
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Fabric: 88% polyester, 12% spandex; 260 gsm
Smooth outer face and brushed back
Polygiene ™ technology
Weight: S: 300 g; M: 315 g; L: 345 g; XL: 365 g; XXL: 385 g
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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After purchasing this I first used it on a motorcycle back end of December, I could not believe how warm this kept me. Absolutely super product
The Chosen One
This excellent top is in danger of supplanting or replacing almost all my other tops! It's totally comfortable. And very adaptable to a range of different temperatures (okay, not extreme temps). Lovely long zip if you do need to scrub off some heat. Regularly worn for 3 or 4 days without losing friends. Instant favourite.
Ordered this top recently and it is really impressive, I have similar tops from other brand names but this is much better quality and fit.
Yet again Alpkit provide top notch kit and service!
Great Winter Base Layer
I've had two of these for a while now which I use as a base layer for cycling to work in the winter as well as a bit of hill walking.
These are great. They are comfortable, warm and wick sweat well. Absolutely faultless.
I bought them in a sale and thought they were maybe being discontinued so I'm delighted to see them still being sold. I'll definitely be getting more.
Passed the stink test
I bought these for running to and from work, either as a single layer when it's a cold or over a merino baselayer when it's really cold. The anti-stink properties are important to me since I run / commute to and from work five days a week with a train journey in the middle of the commute.
It's not been cold enough to run in them yet, but I gave the polygiene claims a good test on a recent camping trip where I wore one of these non-stop for a week. It worked very well, comparable with merino with only a slight whiff by the end of it. I'm hoping to get 3 days running out of these between washes.
Fit wise, I'm 185cm / 77kg and bought a medium and it fits well. The sleeves are plenty long enough and the thumb holes are comfortable to use. The 1/2 zip is a proper length and great for cooling off.
I’ve used this pretty much 5 days a week for a solid year. My preferred use is over a super light weight base layer (a Rab Interval tee in my case) though it is comfortable against the skin if your out in sub zero conditions. It’s tough, it stretches well, comfortable thumb loops, helps keep you warm in the cold and is easy to vent at the chest as you warm up. In the winter I can usually wear this all week as a mid layer before it needs a wash but of course I have two as they’re just such great tops.
On my 3rd...
Superb kit - mainly used as a base layer for winter MTB action under just a MTB shirt if dry and that and a waterproof if wet. Keeps the chill out and the warmth in. Cuts down the windchill too. Really breathable and moves moisture well under sweaty conditions. No smell even with 2 hard days back to back. Love them - just ordered my 3rd. Fit is spot on - “large” for a 42 chest. Plenty to tuck into the shorts as well and doesn’t come untucked. Great kit.
Purchased the super GREEN colour, looks fab. Ok does it work, well i took it out for a trip to wales. Walked up the Pyg track to Trinity face. We climbed up Trinity Gully and topped out into an absolute blizzard. 6hr trip there and back.
That all well and good but how did it fair.
Never felt sweaty
Stayed warm and dry all day
Never needed to change my top at the belay stance
Only smelt a bit sweaty round the arm pits.
All in all 5 star rating.
All looking Good
Top design, construction, fit and quality. No idea as to durability, but at this price you can't go wrong as its a lovely practical piece of gear that will no doubt get a proper testing on the mountains. I like it so much I got the girlfriend one also and she loves it too. looks like Alpkit have acquired business from other outdoor retailers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
I have been promoting Alpkit to friends and family so it's hard for me to complain.
What I found about this garment is that it is wonderfully made. But it does not in itself keep you snug and warm. The warmth must come from your body heat because if you are just sitting around you will not feel warmer wearing this.
The reviews here say that people have felt warm, but they must have been actively walking about. Like I said sitting around for a while in cold conditions, this garment will not change things.
I know it isn't designed for that. But that is what I experienced. I didn't use it as a Base layer I used it as a Mid layer as I had read it could be used in that way. But I found the garment was keeping me cool and preventing me from feeling warm.
If anyone wants to reply to this I will reconsider if Ive done things wrong. And take this down.