For many things in life – golf grips, grocery delivery, hired help to put together a bookcase – you don’t know what a gamechanger it is until you finally try it for yourself. And that’s the case with baselayers, which work similarly to compression tights, but with a touch more comfort. If you haven’t yet worn (and played a round in) a pair of base tights, here’s why you should start.
The Case for a Base
Though they’re often seen at the gym, the Olivers Base Tights aren’t just for people who grunt when they pick up weights (a different breed, truly). Baselayers are similar to compression tights in that they, well, compress. But they’re a bit more comfortable and breathable than their old-school counterparts. “They’re traditionally worn underneath gym shorts… but they can also be used in cold weather,” says David Wolfe, founder of Olivers. Chilly day on the green? Start with a pair of base tights to keep you comfortable.
Catch Some Feels
The fabric does a lot of the heavy lifting in these base tights. The Como Active Base
is a blend of nylon, cotton, and elastane that offers just the right amount of stretch—unlike clingy, synthetic compression tights. And with the ability to regulate heat, wick away sweat, and even keep your muscles warm so your swing stays on point, this fabric goes above and beyond to enhance performance. But it’s the feel of the fabric that really sets it apart: “The quality of the fiber just has a wonderful hand-feel, and all the performance benefits of a compression tight,” says Wolfe. In other words, it’s a win-win.
Wear it Like a Winner
If you’ve never worn a baselayer or compression tights before, the Olivers Base Tights come with a little bit of a learning curve. (Don’t worry—everyone passes.) First, consider it your bottom layer. That is, don’t wear boxers or briefs beneath your base tights, unless you enjoy the sensation of things bunching in very specific places. Then, stick to your usual size and set your expectations. “It’s tightly fitted, so it fits like a compression tight—so keep that in mind,” says Wolfe. “They fit true to size, but if you don’t know what to expect, it should be snug and tight.”
Once you try them, you might find yourself wearing them everywhere. Whatever you do, you’ll probably be more comfortable – and maybe even more athletic – for it