While we may call them “baselayers” here in the U.S., I’ve recently learned that our neighbors to the North call them “thermals.”
We’re talking about what we all used to call “long underwear.”
And no matter what you call them, you’re going to want to check out Stripes Gear.
I’m going to start with a disclaimer. For four years, I’ve sung the praises of wool, not just singing, but shouting. With two boys and a husband, I’m totally sold on the natural anti-bacterial, anti-smell properties of wool baselayers.
The only problem is, my kids don’t like wool. They want something softer.
Lucky for me, my sons are big, so it’s easy to find alternatives. But I clearly remember those days when the boys were little. It’s not easy finding high-quality baselayers for active, athletic kids.
Hello Stripes Gear!
Cassy Campbell is an Australian turned Canadian, and the mother of two grade-school age children.
Living in the southern Canadian Rockies, her kids are outdoors year-round, which put her on the hunt for good, long-lasting thermals (see, I’m adapting!). When she found Stripes Gear, she found something her children wanted to wear.
Recently, she had the opportunity to buy the company. So she did.
I met up with Cassy in Snowmass this winter and learned a bit more about her story and her company.
It turns out this entrepreneurial mom had been hunting for a business, but hadn’t found the right fit. When Stripes Gear came along, she knew she’d found her calling. She knew the product. She believed in the product, and her kids love the product.
Or as she puts it, “I love the idea of keeping kids and adult layer clothing affordable and available so that we all get outside and play. Warm kids are happy kids!”
After just a few months in business, Stripes is so popular that Cassy has recouped her original investment.
Stripes Gear is made in Christchurch, New Zealand of premium weight 1×1 rib polypropylene fabric. Using a more substantial yarn than normal, the garments have enhanced moisture management capability. As you probably know, polypropylene is a popular outdoor fabric because it effectively transfers moisture away from the body, with minimal absorption. And best of all, this type of polypro is hypoallergenic and doesn’t stink!
Stripes Gear Under Review
As I mentioned above, I love wool, so I wasn’t prepared to like Stripes. Then I tried them on. My first impression was “Ooh, so soft.” My next impression was “Ooh, so cute.” Then I went for a trail run. I loved them.
I’ve skied in them all winter, and while I’ve added a second layer on the coldest days, I’m impressed.
In addition to the women’s thermals Cassy sent me, she also sent a kid’s set. I passed these onto my friend Christy and her son.
Here’s what they had to say about the Krazy stripe combo he tried.
“My son loved them so much he wanted to sleep in them. They are definitely warm, and I think they’re much cuter and softer than his other baselayers. I would definitely buy them depending upon price and availability.”
And while I thought the women’s styles ran true to size, if maybe even generous for the top, Christy thinks it’s smart to order the kids’ version one size large, because of the snug fit.
How to Get Stripes Gear
I really like my Stripes baselayers, and I like the designs for men and kids a lot, too — especially the Krazy Thermals with all the mixed up colors! For young kids, a market with limited options, I think Stripes Gear are definitely among the best baselayers we’ve found.
Stripes Gear is available online. Pricing is in Canadian dollars, which means US customers get a discount based on current exchange rates (for example, the two piece boy’s set my friend tried is $60 CDN or about $50 US). That’s just $25 per piece for something your kids will want to wear.
Shipping is calculated online according to where you live. For me, the international rate was $20 CDN, whether I was buying one item or six. Clearly, it pays to buy in bulk, for the whole family, and pay shipping only once.
Stripes Gear Giveaway
Cassy has generously donated a $300 CDN (about $250 US) gift certificate as a giveaway. Although the gift certificate will be spent in Canadian dollars, the giveaway is open worldwide.
Additionally, she’s offering a 20% discount on kids’ sets (top and pants) through February 10, 2015. Use this code at checkout: Brave Ski Mom.
One winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, January 29th from all comments received. Please note, the gift certificate applies to the full price of all items (not the current sales prices). All items must also be in stock. There are no backorders. Thanks!
To facilitate this post, I received a set of women’s baselayers and a set of kid’s baselayers to review. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
More On Keeping Warm:
- Warm Kids are Happy Kids, Especially When Skiing, November 28, 2012.
- Overcoming the Enemies of Fun Family Skiing, November 20, 2013.
- Ski Fashion 2012 – 2013: Beautiful Baselayers, Midlayers and More, October 31, 2012.
- Smelling Sweet with Icebreaker Wool, December 5, 2011.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kelly B!
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