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Must-have base layers for winter fitness

Buy a couple of key base layers for skiing, skating, running and more to keep you motivated (and warm) for winter fitness

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Stay warm during winter workouts

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1. Icebreaker’s Sprite Racerback bra is three thin layers of moisture-wicking, breathable Merino wool/Lycra jersey; contoured seams give light support ($60).

2. These loose leggings with an Aztec-inspired print use sweat-wicking polyester/spandex that has a soft, brushed feel, is antimicrobial and gives UPF 50+ sun protection (Burton, $55 at Sporting Life).

3. Helly Hansen’s Lifa fabric is a lightweight piqué-knit polypropylene designed to quickly wick away sweat during high-energy activities ($45 at Sporting Life).

4. The medium-support Nike Define Bra with Dri-Fit fabric has moulded cups to maintain shape, and strap stabilizers to reduce bounce ($60).

5. Spyder’s microfibre Runner top is seamless with a compression fit. It’s antimicrobial and moisture-wicking, and made of polyester/nylon/elastane ($65 at Sporting Life).

6. The Lululemon Energy Bra gives light support and has removable cups. The smooth, low-friction fabric is moisture-wicking and breathable, and has four-way stretch ($48).

7. Designed for the extreme cold, MEC’s T3 Longjohns have a fleecy grid-patterned interior to trap air for greater warmth and increased breathability, while rapidly wicking away moisture ($53).

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Keep cosy in icy conditions

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8. High-stretch compression polyester/spandex provides support for medium-impact activity in Champion’s Double Dry Absolute Workout II Bra ($25).

9. A snug hood with a ponytail slot, and thumbholes in the sleeve cuffs, make Lolë’s Triumph top extra cozy. Its Merino wool fabric is warm, antibacterial and sweat-wicking ($120).

10. This polyester piqué-knit crewneck top from French ski-underwear brand Pull In features a girly bow print, and is quick-dry and sweat-wicking ($60 at Sporting Life).

11. Icebreaker’s Oasis Leggings are made from itch-free, temperature-regulating Merino wool: It breathes to prevent overheating, and wicks moisture to prevent overcooling ($110).

12. Lace layered over wicking compression fabric glams up the Sonic See It Through Bra from Under Armour. It’s made for mid-impact support ($45 at Sporting LIfe).

13. These high-stretch, tightly knit nylon leggings are seamless-no chafing (Hyba by Reitmans, $18).

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