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Aldi special buys – base layer basics

I’ve said before that I’m a cold person, so when I was offered the opportunity to review a base layer from Aldi’s special buys range I jumped at the chance. You can never have too many layers in my view.

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The base layers are part of a comprehensive range of outdoor special buys that are available from the low-cost chain from today (17 April) until stocks run out. The range includes walking boots – for children and adults – gaiters (might invest in some of those for £4.99), socks, insoles and a walking pole, along with various pieces of outdoor clothing.

The base layer I was sent was a violet blue colour and beautifully soft, but not the fluffy, thermal type. It’s made from viscose derived from bamboo and seems to have washed just fine, no mis-shaping or twisting like you get with many cheaper materials. It’s long enough to tuck into your jeans/trousers if (like my mum) you want to ensure you have a warm back. It certainly feels like good value for £4.99.

image I wore it on a trip to our local RSPB reserve to do some planting for Yorkshire Water’s Big Hand Plant, part of their volunteering programme. It was pretty windy on the hill where we were planting the tiny plug plants, and the extra layer certainly helped keep me warm. That and the fabulous log fires that were back at the teepee which served as HQ for the event.

The packaging – a minimal paper tube which I really approve of. I hate over-packaged products, always so much to throw away as it’s inevitably made from a plastic you can’t recycle – says the top is “ideal for sport or leisure” and I reckon I could do one of my Jillian Michaels DVDs in it as it’s so lightweight.

I’ll certainly be taking the top on our next camping trip as it’s the perfect weight to wear under another top just to add that layer of warmth. Being so soft it would also be lovely to sleep in on milder nights. The only change I might have made if buying myself would have been to look for a lighter colour so that I could wear it under any top. I’ll stick to wearing it under my darker ones.

Disclaimer – I was sent the base layer free of charge for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own (I’m not that cheap).

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