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Trekmates Unisex Thermals Set
When I handed my notice in at work in 2011 and announced that I was moving to Poland my workmates decided to make my leaving present into something I would find useful, as they knew the winter was going to be very cold here they thought it would be both useful and funny to buy me a set of thermals to keep me warm. What they didn't realise is that this is possibly the most useful present I received as not only did I make full use of my thermals for the whole winter, but they also came into use when I went snowboarding over Christmas and they are back in use again as we speak!
When I was presented with my leaving gifts I unwrapped one of them to reveal a black box containing a set of Trekmates Unisex Thermals in the 'small' size. I was really pleased as I have had a few Trekmates products in the past and I have always found them to be of a good quality and do what they are supposed to do.
The Trekmates Unisex Thermals set contains a pair of thermal trousers and a thermal long sleeved top. Both are made from a thin cotton material and are very lightweight.
Colours & Sizes
These thermals are available in a choice of either black or blue and the sizes range from XS for extra small right up to XXL for extra extra large. To give a rough idea, I am 5ft 1 inch and a size 10 in normal clothes and I find that my small size is actually a little bit on the large side and an extra small probably would have been the perfect fit. Regardless of this though the thermals do still fit me fine and they still feel comfortable underneath my clothes.
Looks & Keeping Warm
As far as looks are concerned I'm not really that bothered when it comes to thermals as they are simply for keeping me warm and they are underneath my clothes so they wont actually be seen. When I am wearing my thermals I always wear normal clothes over the top of them, after all they are simply a thermal base layer to keep you warm along with your everyday clothes. However, I have been known to wear my thermal set around the flat in the evening as they are actually quite snuggly. They don't really look like the sexiest outfit in the world and the top is rather long and comes past my bum almost halfway to my knees when it isn't tucked in.
Outside the flat I found myself to be wearing these thermals most days and during the coldest weeks of -20ish degrees I think I quite possibly lived in these thermals when they weren't being washed!
When the temperature here was around 0 to -10ish degrees I found that wearing my thermals combined with a decent thick pair of jeans and a t-shirt, hoody and big winter coat was enough to keep me nice and snuggly. I always wear the top and trousers tucked into each other as this keeps out the draughts and also because the top is so long it makes my bum feel extra warm!
When the temperature dropped ridiculously low between -10 and -20ish degrees I found that even these warm thermals were not enough to keep me warm and I often went out not only the above combination of clothes, but also a long sleeved t-shirt and a pair of leggings as well. This combination kept me warmish, but I could still feel the cold and was very happy when I reached my destinations!
I have also worn these thermals as a base layer for when I went snowboarding and found that they kept me very warm. I was wearing them underneath my snowboarding trousers and a ski-jacket with no normal clothes underneath. The temperature on the mountain was about -2 degrees at the top and about 1 degree at the bottom. I would say these are the perfect base layer for anybody snowboarding or ski-ing. They kept me warm enough without making me too warm and due to the thickness, or rather, thinness of the thermals I found them very comfortable to move freely and snowboard in my usual "human snowball" style!
Wash & Wear
As I mentioned earlier, I did and still do wear these thermals quite a lot and this obviously means that they have been through the washing machine many many times. I would say that I started wearing my thermals around the beginning of December and continued to wear them until mid February. I was washing them every other day, so around 3 to 4 times a week. They wash really well and do not loose their shape, I hung them on an airer to dry overnight and found that by the following morning they were perfectly dry and ready to wear again, so I'd say they are quite fast drying too which is good as I had expected them to maybe hold the dampness and take a while to dry.
After 2 and a half months of intense washing and wearing my thermals set is starting to have the 'bobbly' look to it, however there are no worn patches or holes at all and I am confident they will easily last me another winter at the same intensity.
My Trekmates thermals were a gift from work so I don't know how much they cost, but I can see online that the prices really vary from just £6.99 on amazon to a much higher £25.99 on some of the sports websites. So if you are going to buy these I would definitely shop around first!
Yes, I would recommend Trekmates thermal set, they have kept me warm and stopped me from turning into a human ice sculpture for a few months last winter and hopefully they will continue to do so this winter! They are also very comfortable to wear in both everyday use and the more active snowboarding adventures. If you want to keep warm and keep the draughts out then these do the job perfectly.
Thanks for reading! :)