Bergans of Norway make beautiful and practical products for keeping people warm and dry in the outdoors. Their range of Ultra-Light Merino wool baselayers includes the Soleie collection.
As you might expect, the range offers long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops and tights for men and women. There also pants, hipsters for ladies and boxers for men, and a unisex neck warmer. The colours are plain black, bright blues and striped blues and reds/pinks.
I like that Bergans usually offer a straightforward plain black and also a bright and pretty design in their clothing ranges so you can take your pick.
The Soleie range is made from 100% Merino wool. It is super light at 150g/mÂ² and the womenâ€™s size medium weighs just 135g.
The baselayer has a UPF factor of 25+ so it would be ideal for winter sun conditions.
By the way, I was curious about the name â€œSoleieâ€ so I looked it up. It apparently means â€œbuttercupâ€ in Norwegian. Who knows why?
On test: Bergans of Norway Soleie long-sleeved shirt
I have been testing the womenâ€™s long-sleeved baselayer. I have a small and it is a neat fit. I am usually a UK10. I like a neat-fitting baselayer so it is perfect for me but if you prefer things a little looser I suggest you go up a size.
Brilliantly, even though itâ€™s a small, the arm and torso lengths are generous. I have long arms and I am quite tall yet the baselayer offers generous length. This pleased me a great deal.
I love the colours, too. Bright blue with dark pink stitching means this baselayer is both practical for outdoor activities and pretty enough to wear to the pub.
I have fairly sensitive skin so I am not always comfortable with Merino wool against my skin. But, because this baselayer is so thin and light, it felt bearable.
When I first put it on it also felt very cooling. Merino wool is not only a great insulator when you are doing winter activities but it also helps to keep you cool when doing warmer weather activities or when you overheat on winter days because you are working hard.
I would recommend wearing this baselayer as your first winter layer, against the skin. Add another long-sleeved baselayer on top and then your mid-layer and outer layer, or whatever you need.
The insulating properties are excellent. Itâ€™s as if the Soleie baselayer is an extra layer of skin and I have found it to be really warming, despite how light it is.
Merino wool is also renowned for resisting body odours. You could easily wear this top for a full week of activities and still be pleasantly surprised by its non-whiffiness. This would be ideal if, for example, you were planning to pack light for a multi-day back or bike packing trip or a ski holiday.
Bergans reveal how the Merino Wool works: “Merino wool fibres provide an excellent thermal balance, meaning you get great insulation in the cold, and a cooling effect when temperatures are warm. Furthermore, Merino wool retains its warmth when wet.”