Planet Earth Baselayer
Made from the wool of Merino sheep bred to survive scorching summers and freezing winters.
- Built from ultra-fine and responsibly sourced Merino
- Thermoregulating, fast drying and odour resistant
- Four way stretch throughout
We experiment with some of the most advanced materials on Earth, but sometimes millions of years of evolution has done the job for you. Merino sheep are bred to survive scorching summers and freezing winters, so their fleece has evolved to help them stay cool in temperatures of over 30°C, while staying warm in -10°C.
So when you wear Merino fibres they respond and adapt to the conditions you find yourself in – either trapping or releasing heat depending on the temperature and humidity of your skin.
Built from a superfine and responsibly sourced Merino, this adaptable high collar baselayer can be worn on its own or as part of our Planet Earth system. It’s high wicking, breathable, odour resistant, highly elastic, and keeps you insulated even when wet.
How Merino keeps you warm in the cold
Staying warm is all about trapping as many pockets of air next to your body as possible and that’s what Merino is built for. Every Merino fibre is hollow which means you have millions of air pockets trapped next to your skin. And as the natural curl of wool fibres traps more air than straight fibres, the microscopic texture of the fabric itself will also retain heat. The baselayer’s engineering comes into its own in cold terrain. It’s soft, stretchy and high wicking so you can wear it on its own if you’re looking to go fast and light.
Merino keeps you cool in the heat
Merino also stops you overheating in higher temperatures as it simply releases its warmth if you’re getting too hot. Merino wool has to keep sheep cool even when the temperature goes over 30°C, so the Merino fibre naturally absorbs the moisture from sweat and disperses it to start releasing heat.
Fast drying and insulating even when wet
The outside of every Merino fibre is covered in a natural wax coating which makes it water repellent when you’re outside. At the same time the Merino acts like a sponge to soak up sweat and spread it over a massive surface area so that it evaporates at high speed. And as Merino can absorb over 30% of its own weight in water and still feel dry, you’ll stay warm and insulated.
The collar has 8 laser-cut and welded vents
The high collar is built for speed and practicality. You’ll find 8 laser-cut and welded breathing holes over your mouth, and a pull tab on the rim of the collar for pulling it up and down. The underside of the Merino is soft on your face and fast drying. The collar is highly elastic to fit different face shapes, so the second you want your mouth and nose protected, you can whip it up over your face.
Stretches with you, whatever you’re doing
We built our fabric from scratch in Portugal, blending elastane with one of the softest substances in the world. These same Merino fibres are naturally elastic which means the Planet Earth Baselayer will stretch with you whatever you’re doing. They can also be pulled with a lot of sudden force without breaking and still return to their original shape.
It’s hard to make a Planet Earth Baselayer smell
It’s not sweat that smells, or even the clothes themselves, it’s the build-up of bacteria on the surface of the clothes. Merino is naturally odour resistant – odour molecules are absorbed and locked into the centre of the fibre of the Merino so you simply can’t smell them. They’re then released when you wash the baselayer.
Why our Merino wool comes from Australia
Flocks of Merino sheep have been kept for their wool ever since the 12th century. Bred by the Spanish royal family they were so highly prized that taking one out of the country would have you killed. And when the first 26 sheep from the royal flock sailed to Australia in 1797, even the ship’s crew gave up their cabins so the sheep could have them. While half the sheep died on the crossing, the rest became the start of a breeding line that would go on to dominate modern Merino production.
Size + Fit
The Planet Earth Baselayer is slim fitting. If you’re on the borderline between two chest sizes or would like a more relaxed fit as shown in the photos, we recommend going for the size up.
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|Fits waist||71 - 76||76 - 81||81 - 86||86 - 91||91 - 96||96 - 101|
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|Fits waist||28 - 30||30 - 32||32 - 34||34 - 36||36 - 38||38 - 40|