What are the best golf base layers?
Our top 10 base layers to keep you warm on the golf course in autumn and winter. Click the product name for all the details or 'View Offer' to buy now.
Wearing the right golf clothing for the conditions is vital and the best place to start is a good quality base layer, an essential garment for every year-round golfer's wardrobe.
In our book a decent base layer is absolutely fundamental if you're planning to play in cold conditions as keeping your body at a comfortable temperature will always help you perform better and give you the best chance of shooting lower scores.
And, thanks to moisture wicking fabrics and UV protection, the very best base layers can also help keep the body cool and dry when the sun does shine on the golf course.
We believe that if you buy one and buy well then you won’t need another for years to come.
Of course a base layer won't protect you and your equipment from all of the elements, which is why we've produced guides on the best waterproof jackets, waterproof trousers, waterproof golf shoes, mid-layers and winter golf gloves to help you complete your winter wardrobe.
And if you're in any doubt as to whether layering is actually any more effective than just wearing a thick jumper, our pro tested if bulky clothes harm your golf swing.
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Best Golf Base Layers
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XL | Colours Black, Grey | Materials 68% Acrylic, 21% Nylon, 21% Polyester, 7% Wool, 2% Polyurethane
Zerofit are a Japanese invention, and the garment’s name spells out exactly how the product works.
The Heatrub uses friction with the skin to create warmth, a really clever development. The way the layer interacts with your skin takes a little getting used to, so it may be worth wearing it before your first round, but from our experience the Heatrub is the warmest baselayer we’ve ever worn.
RRP £69 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL Colours Navy, Grey | Materials 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane
In our book, a roll or turtleneck design is absolutely imperative for any winter baselayer. The extra material just gives a little more comforting protection around the neck when the conditions turn nasty.
Galvin Green produce fantastic products to ensure you can remain comfortable on the golf course regardless what the weather throws at you and the Ethan is the ideal starting point for your winter layering. It has a relaxed fit, is stretchy and breathable and also quick drying. As with all Galvin cold weather base layers, the Ethan is ideally paired with the Elof Skintight Thermal Leggings.
RRP £65 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours Galaxy Black, Grey Wolf, Royal Blue | Materials 87% Polyester, 13% Elastane
Under Armour started the whole baselayer trend, so you really won’t go wrong by plumping for one of their models. 'Infrared' technology uses a thermo conductive pattern on the inside which absorbs and retains body heat. The polyester and elastane material also wicks moisture away from the body quickly to ensure you stay dry and fresh throughout your round.
The four-way stretch fabric allows you to swing freely while the UA Storm tech also helps to repel water if you're caught in a shower before getting your waterproofs on. Decent colour options help you match it to your chosen outfit so you can always look the part, even on the days when your game doesn't!
RRP £59 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes Small-XXL | Colours Black, White | Materials 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane
It's no surprise that Galvin Green feature more than once in our best golf base layers. We love the Swedish brand and believe they produce some of the very best apparel to help protect you against the elements and enjoy golf, even in the depths of winter.
The latest base layer concept in Galvin's Skintight range (which uses compression to stimulate blood flow), the thermal Elmo has been developed to provide genuine warmth in very cold conditions and, in our experience, it really works.
It's among the most breathable base layers they have ever produced and draws sweat away from the body. We'd recommend pairing the Elmo with Galvin's Elof Skintight Thermal Leggings to ensure full body warmth in winter conditions.
RRP £35 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL Colours White, Peacoat, Caviar
Callaway's swing and stretch technologies provide noticeably less restriction and more stretch to maximise your range of motion. We like the subtle chev branding to the chest and lower arm.
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RRP £45 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL Colours Carbon, Crew Navy | Materials 84% Recycled Polyester, 16% Elastane Fleece
The eco-friendly choice as adidas continue their mission to create more sustainable products, the Cold.Rdy is a breathable, regular fit base layer. The mock neck helps keep warmth trapped in but the tech ensures moisture is moved away from the body.
Made with Primegreen recycled polyester, there's elastane fleece to give added stretch and movement throughout your swing. A simple and classic design.
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours White, Black | Materials 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane
Another Galvin Green offering (they are the kings of layering, after all) and another roll neck option.
Just like the Elmo, the Edwin base layer is from Galvin's Skintight thermal range (which uses compression to stimulate blood flow) and is capable of tackling the coldest conditions you'll encounter on the course.
It has a regular fit and uses Bluesign approved fabric, meaning this is an eco-friendly layer. It is extremely stretchy so you won't experience any restrictions in the swing and, thanks to the hi-tech fibres, is impressively breathable to ensure you remain comfortable even if you're having a hot round! If you're as big a Galvin (and warmth) fan as us, we'd recommend paring the Edwin with the Elof Skintight Thermal Leggings.
RRP £31.50 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours Ash Grey, Black, Burgundy, Denim Blue, Midnight, Storm, White | Materials 92% Nylon, 8% Elastane
The ideal base layer for golfers who like to coordinate their Sunday Medal outfits with seven colour choices.
The long-sleeve, crew-neck Urban uses a compression-fit and Stuburt's 'Dri-back;' technology to absorbs and retain your body heat to keep you warmer for longer. Lightweight and soft to the touch, it also pulls excess moistur away from your skin to leave you sweat free and comfortable throughout your round. For less than £35, the tech-packed Urban is a genuine bargain.
RRP £39 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes XS-XXL | Colours Black, Grey and White | Material 100% polyester
ProQuip are one of the world's best-known golf weather clothing brands and the unisex Sirocco is a fantastic compression layer to keep you warm when the temperature isn't.
The compression tech enhances your blood flow to keep your body temperature up and, in turn, also helps to limit muscle fatigue.
Its tech pulls moisture away from your body and uses it within your clothing to keep you warm. We're big fans of the high collar for added warmth and, despite being snug, ProQuip have created a base layer that is in no way restrictive or impactful to your swing.
RRP £44.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XL | Colours Black, Blue, White | Materials 63% Nylon, 23% Polyester, 14% Elastane
There's a lot more to FootJoy than golf shoes, as this tech-packed layer proves.
The ProDry uses thermal tech to ensure the cold and moisture is never an issue, fitting closely to the skin to help regulate body temperature without interfering with the golf swing.
It comes in a regular fit with the mock neck featuring the famous FJ logo. The impressive easy care fabric ensures a long life.
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RRP £75 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours White, Grey, Blue, Camo | Material 100% polyester
For many, spending £75 on a base layer will be hard to justify (that's 18 TP5s after all) but we are big fans of the Lindeberg Aello.
The white, grey and blue options do the job perfectly well but it's the unique green, blue and grey camo colourschemes that we really like, whether it's under a polo in warmer temperatures or as part of a multi-layering system in the winter.
Not only does it look great, it's extremely comfortable with a four-way stretch for movement in every direction. Slim fit, fast drying and providing 30+ UV protection, it has the Lindeberg name on the sleeve and famous bridge logo on the front and back the high neck.
12. Puma Golf 2.0 Base Layer
RRP £29.99 |VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXXL | Colours White and Black | Materials 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
If you want a layer that provides extra warmth when the temperatures drop or a layer that offers protection when the sun shines, the Puma 2.0 is a fantastic option at a really good price and sizes to suit all.
Its extreme flex design means it can fit tight against the body without any swing restriction, while the dryCELL technology draws excess moisture away from the skin to keep you dry. UV resistant with a stylish mock neck and long sleeves, this is a great layer for all climates.
13. Oscar Jacobson Hamilton Golf Baselayer
RRP £39.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours Black, Navy, Pewter, White | Materials 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane
Oscar Jacobson produces some of the most stylish apparel in golf so it's no surprise that this base layer not only looks fantastic but performs brilliantly, too.
The Hamilton provides excellent thermal protection with a compression fit and quick moisture wicking capabilities to deliver highly effective body temperature regulation in cold climates. The lightweight polyester blend fabric contains generous levels of stretch to move with your swing, whilst a soft inside fabric gives next to skin comfort.
14. Kjus Turtle Neck Base Layer
RRP £69 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours White, Dusk, Dark Jet Green, Motion Blue, Atlanta Blue | Materials 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
Kjus may be a new name to you, but trust us, they can be trusted when it comes to cold and wet weather gear. They are a Swiss golf and ski wear company, owned by Acushnet (the owners of Titleist and Footjoy) and this base layer is one of the best out there.
The stand-up turtle neck styling is always a big attraction for us when it comes to cold weather gear, and the quick drying material does exactly as it claims.
The seam positions have been cleverly altered to ensure maximum comfort throughout the swing, while the four-way stretch fabric ensures freedom of movement.
The antibacterial finish means it won't hold smells and we love the array of colour choices to ensure it can be matched to your favourite golf outfit.
15. FootJoy PhaseOne Print Base Layer
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes XS-XXL | Colours White | Material 100% Polyester
Technology advancements are nothing new for FootJoy who have been moving the needle in their shoes and apparel for years.
The PhaseOne base layer doesn't buck the trend, using Hexatherm Graphene fabric to help regulate temperature and heat retention through advanced thermal conductivity while also pulling moisture away from your body to keep you dry.
We love the use of mesh under the arms, which provide added ventilation where it's needed most, while the four-way stretch material makes swinging easy even in an extra layer.
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16. Ping Baxter Base Layer
RRP £45 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes XS-XXXL | Colours Black,White | Materials 88% Polyester, 12% Elastane
The Baxter is a great Spring/Summer offering, using Ping's brilliant Sensorcool Technology. The innovative performance fabric is designed to ensure that every item responds to your body's requirements.
We love the mockneck design and it's extremely comfortable thanks to the flatlock seams and stretch materials that ensure swinging is free and easy.
The crease-resistant tech ensures it looks smart and it also features UV protection to protect you when the sun is shining.
17. Stromberg Alpha Base Layer
RRP £24.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL Colours Black, White | Materials 97% Polyester, 3% Elastane
This is a great base layer for less than £25! Constructed with stretch fabrics to help you swing freely, the Alpha offers the highest levels of comfort thanks to its moisture-wicking.
It's a multi-purpose base layer and can be used as part of several layers for warmth in the winter or under your polo for protection from those summer rays thanks to its UPF 50 properties. It has reflective branding and colour-contrasting side panels.
18. Inesis CW500 Winter Golf Base Layer
RRP £14.99 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXXL | Colours Black, Asphalt Blue | Materials 91% Polyester, 9% Elastane
We appreciate that not everyone can (or wants to) spend £50 or more on a base layer, especially if you don't play golf on as regular basis during the off-season. Whatever your reason for seeking a lower budget base layer, the Inesis is a great option - after all, there's not much golf apparel that costs less than £15!
The CW50 eass designed at the French brand's northern France base and works best between 0°C and 10°C.
It may not provide the same levels of warmth or tech as some of the offerings on this page, but it performs impressively, especially when used as the first part of a layering system. It is impressively lightweight, allows the body to breath and moves well throughout the swing.
1. Galvin Green Elof Skintight Thermal Leggings
RRP £69 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XXL | Colours Black | Materials 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane
Considering the role your lower body plays in the golf swing, keeping it warm on course is just as important as the upper body. Thankfully, Galvin Green realise that, and their Elof Skintight thermal leggings are fantastic
Made from a revolutionary thermal insulating fabric the leggings trap body heat and the advanced knitting techniques and highly technical fibres allow for complete breathability. The incredible moisture wicking tech moves any droplets of water or sweat to the outer layers where it can then evaporate.
I've worn Galvin leggings for winter golf (along with runs and walks) since 2011 and they really are a game-changer. Paired with decent upper body base layer underneath your normal winter golf clothing, they ensure the cold never becomes an issue and allow you to focus on your game rather than your temperature.
Elof are exceedingly lightweight and their stretch construction ensures a comfortable fit for all.
2. ZeroFit Heatrub Ultimate Leggings
RRP £60 | VIEW OFFER
Sizes S-XL | Colours Black | Materials Acrylic 68%, Nylon 21%, Polyester 2%, Wool 7%, Polyurethane 2%
We love the Heatrub Ultimate Base Layer, so it's not surprise that we also love the leggings. The beauty of ZeroFit's products is that they're not just for golf - they can be worn for any active sports or even working in cold condiotions, and once you're used to the way they feel, they're great.
In testing the leggings proved to be twice as warm as a regular pair of trousers and are comparable to fleece lined overtrousers, but with the added benefit of ease of movement.
The Heatrub technology, uses ‘double-loop’ barrel fabric which provides both heat insulation and ‘friction heating’. The extra-long bristles ensure a layer of warm air is retained around your legs and even just a little movement of these bristles causes friction which creates cosy warmth.
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