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Roland Mott
Roland Mott

Roland Mott

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Roland graduated with a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership in 2010 and has committed his life to pursuing, sharing, and providing opportunities for immersion and connection with the natural world. His passion for the outdoors has led him on a search to explore perfect granite splitters, frothing whitewater, whiskey-fueled campfires, and remote wild places the world through. He has been guiding rivers, backpacking, and climbing expeditions for 12 years all over the U.S. and Central America, and has taught land stewardship and environmental ethics as a Master Educator for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For 10 years now, he has lived out of vehicles exploring rocks and rivers, educating, and guiding. He currently splits his time co-directing wilderness courses for a Colorado high school experiential education program, providing freelance photography and writing, and having the most fun.

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Best Long Underwear of 2022

Best Long Underwear of 2022

With temperatures dropping, it's time to prepare to play outside in the cold. We've compared 11 of the best long underwear options on the market, side-by-side, to bring you a...
Best Base Layer of 2022

Best Base Layer of 2022

A solid base layer is at the core of keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable as you set out on your next great adventure. Our analysis of the best
How to Choose the Right Base Layer Top

How to Choose the Right Base Layer Top

Are you ready to trade in the dimpled cotton long johns of your youth for a base layer that works? We're here to help you learn where the technology currently is and how to help you...
SmartWool Merino 250 Bottoms
Top Pick

SmartWool Merino 250 Bottoms

This pair of bottoms masterfully balances warmth, breathability, and comfort to help keep you out all day, even through the coldest months of the year.
SmartWool Merino 250 Crew
Editors' Choice

SmartWool Merino 250 Crew

This is the Muhammad Ali of base layers. A heavy hitter in extreme cold but light on its feet with a superb ability to breathe, wick sweat and keep you comfortable in a wide range of...
SmartWool Merino 150 Bottoms

SmartWool Merino 150 Bottoms

Lightweight merino bottom offering superb breathability, anti-odor, versatility across seasons, impressive warmth, and a comfortable fit, the SmartWool Merino 150 bottoms are a go-to pair...
REI Co-op Merino Midweight Bottoms

REI Co-op Merino Midweight Bottoms

A simple and quality pair of 100% merino wool bottoms, this model offers great body temperature regulation, breathability, and wicking capabilities in a comfortable package that won't...
Patagonia Capilene Air Crew

Patagonia Capilene Air Crew

Forging into the future of what base layers are capable of, this top provides stellar warmth and insane breathability wrapped up in a literally seamless package of outstanding comfort and...
Icebreaker 200 Oasis

Icebreaker 200 Oasis

A base layer that’s built to be a go-to layer for almost any situation. This top offers the benefits of a 100% Merino base layer with a nice snug fit, soft and stretchy fabric, flatlock...
Arc'teryx Phase AR Crew LS

Arc'teryx Phase AR Crew LS

This sub-$100 top from the Canadian manufacturer provides a warm and extremely durable synthetic base layer that is built for movement. With super stretchy fabric and an intentional...
REI Co-op Merino Midweight

REI Co-op Merino Midweight

This top didn't rise above the pack in any specific categories but earned consistently good scores in all of the metrics, making this a functional and comfortable Merino wool base layer...
Helly Hansen Lifa Stripe Crew

Helly Hansen Lifa Stripe Crew

A high performing lightweight base layer in breathability and drying speed but falls short in warmth, fit, and durability, this is a soft and light synthetic base layer made for high...
The North Face Warm Crew

The North Face Warm Crew

With a great price point, this layer is a terrific option if you need a layer to keep you warm and comfortable in colder temps but aren't planning on high-intensity outings.
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