As the name suggests, base layer shorts are designed to be worn under regular shorts not just as an additional layer but to provide support for your powerful upper leg muscles. Created to act as a second skin, the sign of quality baser layer shorts is that you may not feel like you are wearing them but will certainly be aware of their enhancing effects.
In order to gain the most from any base layer shorts though, you firstly need to understand exactly what function you need them to perform. Are they to wear during or after sport or to be worn in cold or warm conditions? Making the right decision will provide the most suitable base layer short, leading to enhanced comfort and performance in any sporting activity.
In the Game and After
Whether training, match environment or recovery; your leg muscles never stop working which is why base layer shorts should form an essential part of any sporting kit. Whilst active the core functions of base layers shorts are to support and wick moisture away from the muscles, as evident in the Adidas Techfit Preparation base layer shorts. Taking things a step, or run, further then the Adidas Techfit Powerweb shorts reduces muscle vibration whilst enhancing body posture and explosiveness when executing sporting activities.
Even when the physical aspect has stopped, your muscles and legs are continually recovering. Recent evidence has proven that compression shorts significantly improve recovery time after periods of sustained exercise, by reducing the quick build-up of lactic acid in your legs. In essence, compression shorts can be worn during or after any activity as a way to speed up the recovery process and minimise soreness. Any athlete of any ability will have experienced sore legs following sporting activity and compression base layer shorts go a long way towards alleviating this discomfort and reducing the recovery time needed between exercises. Both Skins and Canterbury provide a comprehensive collection of high quality compression base layer shorts to aid your recovery time.
Feeling the Temperature
Cold gear for cold conditions and heat gear for warm conditions – it sounds simple but there is much more technology that goes into creating the ideal base layer for different temperatures. When temperatures fall below 13 C then the Under Armour cold gear base layer shorts feel warm, dry and light utilising fabric construction to create a micro-climate next to the skin, keeping you warm but never overheated. When the mercury rises then Under Armour heat gear base layer shorts will keep you cool and dry using a moisture management system for the most extreme conditions.