Alpkit have added both merino and synthetic baselayers to their arsenal of awesome looking, well priced stock in both men’s and women’s variations. The 100% merino ‘Kepler’ line comes in either short or long sleeved option and men’s boxer shorts and leggings. The synthetic ‘Koulin’ tech-tee are definitely worth a look too. They have been live in the shop for a little while, but the Kepler will be put through its paces by us in our next trip in just over a week’s time.[You can now read the review “here”]
Using 160g per square metre merino wool, the baselayers will be great in a layering system for all outdoor activities whether hiking, climbing or cycling etc. The Alpkit Kepler utilises flatlock stitching, to increase comfort coupled with merino wool’s natural anti-odour properties means that they would serve well on long days on the hill, crag, or pedaling like hell on a mountain bike. Introducing their own merino baselayer seems to be the next step in Alpkit’s efforts to re-establish their name in the forefront of the minds of outdoor activity lovers. So far this year, they have already reintroduced their Pipedream and Skyehigh sleeping bags, and released three season tents amongst the rest of their product lines. In keeping with typical pricing, the Alpkit Kepler baselayers are bank balance friendly at £29 for the short sleeved and £39 for the long sleeved version.
The Alpkit Koulin uses 145gsm polyester material and offer the usual breathability and wicking properties that you’d come to expect from a good quality baselayer. Described on Alpkit’s website as being UV resistant, the Koulin seems like a good option for summer use with its added wicking abilities when compared to merino. No anti-microbial treatment though will probably mean that these synthetic baselayers would be better suited to day trips over single nighters.
Dont forget to look out for out first thoughts review, coming after our next trip in just over a week’s time.
You can visit Alpkit’s shop page by following the link below. While you’re there, I can say that the sleeping bags and titanium cookware are worth a look.