Review: Saratoga Lightweight Bottoms

For the past two years, I have worked for the U.S. House of Representatives serving the constituents in the most professional manner. Politics and service to others is in my blood. I have had a wealth of experience in my young life and I always have sought out ways to challenge myself and take risk. Risk that has always bettered my character and experience.  As such, I have been in the planning stages of completing a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018.

The Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada.

Nature is a way of regathering myself, while giving me the experience of stepping away from structure in the business/corporate world — into an environment where you simply exist day to day at your own pace.

In my current role – I often find myself traveling down to the Appalachian Trail to complete section-hikes on my free time. Section-hikes have allowed me to experience a bit of nature, yet still have the ability to complete the job I love. Most recent – I hike from Davenport Gap to Fontana Dam (76 miles) in 3 days. Competition and reaching goals keep me grounded.

With that being said, the planning process for the Pacific Crest Trail is immense. Some of the most important considerations involves choice of clothing for the different portions of weather that will be encountered while out on the trail. I have chose to use the lightweight wool bottom baselayer from Minus33 for the desert portion up until Kennedy Meadows.

Minus33: Merino Wool Saratoga Bottom 

The Saratoga Bottoms are excellent! I ordered a size large, which weighs approx. 7.2 oz. The fit is incredible and very flexible with body movement and fits true to size. 17.5 Micron Merino Wool, 170 g/m2 Jersey Knit and UPF rating of 25. All of which adds into the reasoning on why I chose this particular bottom baselayer. Merino Wool is odor resistant and YOU can actually machine wash this merino wool versus competitors that require hand-washing.

These bottoms are all-season and I have wore them without any top layering and they have been great and warm when necessary and cool when needed. Further, I have been fairly rough with them and they have still withstood usage without tears. I highly recommend that weight not be an immense consideration when choosing a baselayer as this is one of the most important clothing choices in maintaining temperature regulation and warmth.

Robert Weilbacher, located at Cliff Tops on the Appalachian Trail.