Base Layers - Hot stuff or Polypro, what's the difference?
What’s the difference? Why are there two types of base layer now?
They may look very similar on the rail but they are quite different garments, using different technologies for different user applications. Both available in Mens, Womens and Junior fit, for tops, bottoms, gloves, socks and other accessories.
Our universally adored PolyPro is a very warm hydrophobic base layer with a brushed fleece inner surface. It’s super soft and lightweight so can be used for a variety of sports, anytime you need to keep the retain warmth. Skiing, cycling, sailing, surfing and in the gym, this versatile material, seemingly very similar to any thermal but cleverly moisture wicking on the inside and hydrophobic on the outside, due to the natural properties of Polypropylene.
Hot Stuff is a very thin neoprene (0.5mm) with a titanium layer bonded on the inside to reflect the heat back in. In our new design tops and bottoms, tested by swimmers, sailors and coastal rowers, we have used PolyPro panelling to give an unlimited stretch for watersports such as rowing and kayaking where mobility is a must. The Hot Stuff range is more suited to the “wetter” watersports, rather than your land sports such as cycling and running as the titanium layer with neoprene can be too good at retaining warmth and end up quite sweaty!
Still not sure what to go for? If you’re after a normal base layer to use across different sports, including under wetsuit, go for PolyPro. If you’re after a depths of winter addition to your neoprene, or an alternative to a 2mm neoprene top, without the bulk, the Hot Top is the one to go for.