Adventure Spec have done a lot of development work on their base layers and the design team have always been quite animated when talking about this part of the new clothing range. Personally I didn’t quite get it, it’s a base layer – what’s to get excited about? This TET trip was the first time I used them and honestly they were a revelation.
The idea of a layering system is that you adapt your clothing to the environment you are riding through, or camping etc. You need a good base to start this system off with. For the TET trip I took the ADV Spec Core Shorts, Long Leg, Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve.
Unlike other base layers I’ve used, the ADV Spec system is light and non-fleeced. That allows it to be used in both hot and cold environments. At the start of the trip in the Netherlands, it was about pretty chilly and wet and I used the long versions of the gear which did their job well. When the temperature rose as we got back in to the UK I shifted to the short versions.
There are two things that I think demonstrate the value of these base layers. Firstly, I didn’t use any of my spare clothing that I brought on the trip other than my shorts. I had two T-shirts with me that I simply didn’t need to bring. Secondly, after 10 days of use, wearing the base layers all day and all night, they really didn’t smell. The gear has been designed with odour in mind and uses technology to stay fresh for extended periods of time. We did wash some gear half way through, but this was more down to the opportunity of a washing machine than real necessity.