Kombi uses a full-synthetic blend of 90% polyester and 10% Spandex for stretchy-ness. The outer is soft and slick, which is excellent if you are putting a fleece jacket or mid-layer on top of these since the sleeves won’t get all bunched up. While the exterior is slick, the interior is brushed polyester for next-to-skin comfort and moisture management.
I’ve been using these for both backcountry skiing and winter trail running. The fabric maintains its comfort under use as the brushed lining wicks away moisture and keeps you comfy. I ran into some issues though after finishing my activity where the back of the top held the moisture a bit longer than it should have (which made for a cold, wet back).
The two-tone zip neck (tested) is very nice looking and comes in 3 colors (mercury/iceberg, black/grey, salsa/truffle). The single-color zip-neck option is a little less expensive and is still comes in 3 colors (orange, black or white). Crew neck tops feature an abstract design on the left side and are available in 3 colors (black, mercury skyline, iceberg).
- Comfortable fabric to the touch
- Bottoms are good for cold-weather running tights
- Zip-neck is perfect height and diameter
- Plenty of color options (most of the time
- Bottoms are super long… no way they will work with ski boots
- Tops are pretty baggy overall, a more athletic fit would be preferred
- No thumb holes
- Moisture dissipation isn’t as efficient as some
- No fly on the bottoms
Kombi Proline 180 base layers are reasonably-priced and function pretty well. They do miss a few features I’d like to see, but may be still worth a look.
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