As a little Los Angeles girl, it took me a while to catch on to the magic of snow. Sure, I enjoyed bundling up when the winter weather came in (I have many pictures of me as a teenager at football games, in “freezing” 60F weather, bundled up for a blizzard.) But for the majority of my life, winter terrified me.
I remember as little girl going sledding with friends. This wasn’t your typical I-live-near-snow sledding. It required 3+ hours of driving to find snowy mountains, a full Saturday, and often chains to get around the limited roads where there was enough snow to sled on. Snow was a bitter mystery: it was warm and playful in the sun, but burned cold against my wet jeans and wet cotton thermals. My experiences were limited. Why bother with snow when the beach was closer?
My second semester of college it snowed every day for 2 weeks—without stopping, without breaks of sunshine. In rural Idaho where I schooled, the city wouldn’t plow the roads until the storm passed. Like any college student, my new friends and I took this opportunity to sled down main streets, nail skis to couches and hurl one another down jumps on sofas. It was cold, but it was fun. My new friends explained to me I needed baselayers that weren’t cotton, the concept of layering, and why water-resistant layers were important. After 6 years in bitter Idaho, a few near Aspen, CO, and several years in N. Utah, I’ve discovered more about snow and cold temperatures.
I ran in the winter (often in temperatures -20F), and figured out how to coordinate my schedule between kids, school, work, and bitter cold. I discovered spikes on ice, wonders of dry snowy powder, Vaseline to prevent windburn.
But I still could never master staying warm when I was soaked with sweat.
I started to have issues during runs longer than 3 hours. I purchased Patagonia baselayes, Helly Hansen, REI. Smartwool, Royal Robbins, North Face. Even still, runs longer than 3 hours in winter scared me, and I often planned a full-change-of-clothes stop halfway through to prevent the red, splotchy frost-nip I’d get from wearing wet baselayers for too long.
So when I decided to try the Terramar 2.0 Climasense baselayers, I honestly got them solely because they were pink and cute.
I went for my first run in the top and tights: a double summit of calf-to-knee deep post-holing. “Hey, this is weird!” I called to my friend. “But my legs don’t feel wet at all!” I still thought, enh, it’s because it’s not too cold of a day. But my curiosity was sparked.
Run after run, I found myself in my Terramar 2.0 Climasense tops. During a 90 mile week in February, I realized I had worn a Terramar 2.0 Climasense top for every single mile that week. Initially I thought I was sweating less, but each time I’d peel off the layers I’d realize that my top was soaked (I’m a heavy sweater) I just felt warm and dry.
It kept me warm during 4 hour runs in -5F weather and during shorter runs in warmer weather. It was habit to pull a Terramar 2.0 out of my running closet every night and set it aside with my gear for the next day. I wore it on a 5 peak run that took all day, in everything from light snow to full sun, it was my baselayer. I wore it on the back half of my first 100. Then, at the Antelope Island Buffalo 100 Race, I slipped it under my La Sportiva race jersey at mile 27 and kept it on through the finish.
Terramar attempts to explain the Climasense moisture regulation on their website: “Climasense™ is a multi-level product line consisting of uniquely engineered garments …each garment is designed to provide comfort and optimal moisture and temperature management.”
I still don’t understand how this baselayer manages to keep me feeling warm and dry even when it’s wet. But I think I’ll be picking up another set: it’s hard to keep up with laundry when I run in it everyday!
|Finishing the Buffalo 100, after wearing Terramar pink 2.0 climasense for 73 miles|