This thermal set keeps me warm in the winter—and it's actually stylish
Even after a year, they’re still comfortable and versatile.
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Let me say this right now: I’m not the camping type of person. I prefer to lounge, luxuriate, and generally do anything that doesn’t require much physical effort, like sitting in my personal sauna. But when a work opportunity popped up last year to camp in the Rockies and climb a via ferrata in Colorado, I said why not. Maybe I unknowingly looked into a crystal ball and realized 2020 would be a dumpster fire, so I was game for any adventure while the outside world was still normal.
But that also meant I had to get some gear as I had absolutely nothing. This was what I lived for. I love any opportunity where I can combine fashion and function. Naturally, I turned to my forever shopping companion, Amazon, and searched for something that would keep me warm while we camped out overnight—since this wasn’t luxury glamping, but actual camping that required sleeping in a tent. That’s where I stumbled upon the Thermajane Thermal Underwear Set and I’ve found uses for it beyond the great outdoors.
What makes the Thermajane thermals superior?
The Thermajane Thermal Underwear Set is possibly the most stylish thermal set I’ve ever laid my eyes on. A quick scan of the photos and I loved that the set didn’t have the look of the neutral long johns my father used to make me wear as a kid “so I wouldn’t catch a cold.” Also, the set comes in almost a dozen colors, from grey to pink to purple. And since I love dressing like a walking bag of Skittles, I naturally chose the brightest hue: red.
The set has more than 12,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, so I knew it was beloved already and I purchased them with the confidence of a frequent camper. The brand also has a collection for men, women, kids, and even offers compression gear.
How warm are the Thermajane thermals?
My package arrived about two days before my camping trip and it was clear I had a winner. Putting them on was like slipping into butter and it’s some of the softest material I’ve ever felt. The inside is also lined with fleece, which would hopefully keep me cozy and warm while camping. I tried my new garments on and the set was fitted, without being restrictive. But the true test would come when I slept in a tent in 35-degree weather.
When we arrived at the campsite, I already had my thermals on under a pair of hiking pants. Because the thermals have such a tight fit, they were easy to layer, which I hear is key to hiking—but it’s also the key to any good fashion moment. After successfully climbing the mountains, I took the hiking pants off to settle in for the night as I was actually starting to get warm, or at least my legs did. I still kept a zip-up hoodie over the thermal top. The thermal was working its magic and keeping me warm without feeling overheated, no extra layers required.
As it got later and darker, I slid into my tent and zipped up my sleeping bag. I was in for a long night. Not because of the cold (thanks thermals!) or the fact I was sleeping on the hard ground, but what if a bear or whatever else lives in the Rockies decided to come knocking on my tent door? I couldn’t sleep.
But possible danger and mauling aside, at least I was comfortable thanks to the poly-spandex material that felt like a warm, second skin. And the elastic band, which is slightly high waisted, stayed in place without feeling restrictive or digging into my skin.
While camping under the stars wasn’t my fave (bears!), the thermals still got a 10/10 and I was at least able to sleep in style.
How to wear the thermal set outside of camping
Despite no desire to ever camp again, I still rock the thermals in my day to day life. In addition to being cozy and warm, the material is perfect for traveling. I can bunch them up in a carry-on and not have to worry about wrinkles. Also, the thermals dry super fast. I refuse to ever pay for expensive hotel laundry, so these are perfect if you need to wash them and hang them to dry in a makeshift bathtub laundromat.
I’ve worn the thermals everywhere from Seattle to Toronto to Finland. Since they were great for layering under hiking pants, they also work perfectly under a skirt, dress, or worn with a blazer. The bright red provides a nice pop of color, too.
Is the Thermajane Thermal Underwear Set worth it?
While my travel life has been nonexistent in 2020, I still wear the thermals for grocery store runs and early morning walks. I also plan to buy another pair in another fun color to lounge around in. That's how much I love them. Even after a year of wear, there hasn’t been any pilling, the material seems to look just like the day they came, and they are still incredibly soft.
The Thermajane Thermal Underwear Set retails at Amazon for $21.99 to $29.99, depending on the color and size you choose, which range from XXS to 3XL. If you’re looking for cozy thermals that double as loungewear that aren’t too pricey, I highly recommend investing in a pair of Thermajanes for yourself.
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