Snugpak 2nd Skinz (2014)


Features-wise the Snugpak 2nd Skinz is a basic product, but it’s still a very functional crew-necked layer from a British brand that’s popular with the army. Weight is 184g (size M). You also get a nice mesh carry case with a plastic window on it; not sure what base layer application this has, but it’s got washbag written all over it. 4/5


This base layer boasts Coolmax fabric – often found in socks and mattresses – which does a great job of wicking sweat away from your skin and dispersing it. This and the open weave of the fabric make it good for hot weather, though the dark colour does tend to concentrate the sun’s heat when worn alone. 4/5


Fitting is loose (‘relaxed’), which again is good for hot weather. Sleeve length is generous but hem length isn’t – so while movement in the arms is good, beware of riding up. 3/5

In use

Being black, the Snugpak 2nd Skinz can get warm in the sun (the other option is dark green); and worn under layers it can feel a little baggy as it’s not the most fitted option. But many may prefer this for the increased freedom of movement, and it delivers performance beyond its price tag. The addition of Coolmax fabric gives decent technical cred, and it is effective at moving sweat away. This also makes the top feel cooler in the warm (direct sun notwithstanding) and warm in the cool, so it does everything a versatile year-round base layer should. It may not be the most glamorous option but it’s great value. 5/5


Good performance and fabric for just £20 make up for the rudimentary fit; the Snugpak 2nd Skinz is a great buy. 5/5


Great performance from a basic but comfy base layer. 4.2/5

Review by Simon Ingram

First published in Trail magazine October 2014