Outdoor Gear Reviews

Watson’s Base layer for Women Review by Marjorie Moss

WTT121C1_catI wasn’t sure I would get a chance to truly test out my new set of Watson’s Performance Base Layer for Women this spring. Normally, April temperatures in Nebraska are a bit warmer and there is no need for a base layer during the day.  But as luck would have it, if I could call it luck, this April has been on the cold side.


So when the need to get out of town exceeded my need to get work done, I pulled on Watson’s Performance long sleeve top and long johns, buttoned up my Army-surplus ACUs, donned a cap and my Muck Boots and headed to a nearby Wildlife Management Area that I fancy.


Upon arriving, I checked the temperature: 43ºF.  Perfect.  I headed out along the seldom-used trail, searched around for a while for morels, and then headed to the back corner of this little WMA to survey the area.


Watson's Base LayerThings had changed a bit since the last time I was here.  Newer and bigger power lines lay in cleared land which last year saw turkeys dance and morels burst forth.  Nevertheless, I found a little spot under a juniper tree (an invasive species in the prairie, commonly but mistakenly known around here as the pesky red cedar) and sat down  Needing solitude and a connection to the natural world and hoping I might see some turkeys, I sat still for quite some time.  After about thirty minutes of listening to birds and far-off cows, I decided I might as well lie down for a nap.


All of this brings me to this point: I was happy to be wearing a base layer.  Forty-three degrees is not especially cold, I grant you, but it was overcast and breezy.  During my hike, I was never too warm and never sweaty.  At no time during my long rest did I feel cold.  I was comfortable enough to fall asleep, which says quite a lot given my inability to fall asleep anywhere but a bed or a sleeping bag.


I really cannot think of a better test situation in which to try out Watson’s base layers.  A bit of hiking followed by a long period of inactivity and I was never uncomfortable.


My one request for Watson’s: make the top a good two to four inches longer.  I like to tuck in my base layer top to keep cold air out.  The ACU pants I wore have a very high waist so this was not a problem for me on this day, but there are many times I wish to wear a base layer under my everyday clothes.  The moment I reach up or bend down, I feel the top untuck.  By making the top just a couple of inches longer, this problem would be solved.


Watson LogoThe Performance base layer is a medium weight layer made of micro polyester and spandex that wicks moisture away from the skin, stretches perfectly for a comfortable fit, and provides antimicrobial treatment.  More information can be found at www.mywatsons.ca.


Marjorie Paulson

Marjorie Paulson began her passion for the outdoors through backpacking in our national parks. Her love for locally grown organic food has brought her into the world of hunting and we will chronicle her passion for living the Hunting Life!

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