As far as general-purpose base layers go, the Berghaus Long-Sleeve Zip-Neck Technical T-Shirt ticks all the boxes. It’s a good price, it’s reasonably light and, because it’s synthetic rather than merino wool, it’s relatively low-maintenance. The long sleeves and high collar keep the breeze at bay on a cold day, and the long chest zip allows the wearer to cool things down should the temperature rise. Like all man-made fabrics it will start to smell a little after continuous use, although the use of Polygiene silver-ion technology in the material makes it more antibacterial than some. With its loose fit and flat seams, it’s comfortable enough for even the longest hill days, while the close knit of the fabric offers sun protection equivalent to UPF 30+ so you’ll save money on sunscreen, too.
Material 100% polyester
Colours black, grey, blue (men’s); pink, purple, blue (women’s)
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight 161g (size L)
Of the base layers we looked at, the Berghaus Long-Sleeve Zip-Neck Technical T-Shirt is the best for general walking.
Review by Ben Weeks
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013