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We test the First Layer Glen Plake model t-shirt, which, like the man himself, shows function rather than flamboyance is the name of the game

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Super light, funky looks
Won’t suit if you don’t like figure-hugging kit

First Layer claim this is the lightest performance base layer in the world, weighing just 70 grams per m², and it comes in a funky polka dot pattern designed by legendary extreme skier Glen Plake.

With warm weather not too far off it’s a good option for runners, hikers and mountain bikers since not only is it super light but the carbon, polyamide, polypropylene and elastane mix in the fabric helps create an anti-static finish to prevent the material sticking to the skin.

According to First Layer, even during intensive sporting activity a film of air is retained next to the skin allowing the body to cool effectively.

Add to that the soft and stretchy nature of the fabric and you’ve got a good option for keeping you cool and comfortable on your runs, hikes or bikes once the weather warms up a bit.

If the polka dot Glen Plake model doesn’t appeal you can also buy the t-shirt in less flamboyant, plain styles, so it’s easy to find a style to suit most people. What might not suit everyone is the body hugging design, but then it is a base layer, and they need to be close fitting to work.

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