If you are at all into athletics or outdoor sports/activities, it’s safe to say that you’ve heard of Under Armour. Under Armour or UA, was founded in 1996 as a sports clothing and accessories company. The brand has certainly come far, now producing its own footwear and having quickly risen to the top in popularity.
Unlike other brands that have questionably expensive products, UA consistently produces high-quality apparel and accessories that really make them stand out from the competition. The company has a few different apparel lines named after the technology used in the design. One of their most popular lines is ColdGear. However, they’ve since developed a technology even more impressive.
UA ColdGear Infrared Technology
The original ColdGear design uses double-layered fabrics made to wick away moisture while also circulating body heat to protect the wearer from the chill. For temps under 55F, ColdGear is going to work very well. Despite the success of this line, UA decided to improve it further with their ColdGear Infrared tech.
Imagine all of the advantages of the original ColdGear, with even better heat retention. Essentially UA used their ColdGear fabrics with the addition of ceramic-infused ink within the clothing. It sounds a bit crazy but this soft ceramic coating is extremely thermo-conductive.
It naturally absorbs your own body heat without affecting breathability and wicking properties. In fact, the Infrared line offers no extra weight or bulk over the original ColdGear line.
Just like the first ColdGear line, Infrared technology is available in men’s, women’s, and kid’s apparel. Clothing-wise there are plenty of selections of fleeces, jackets, shirts, pants, leggings, and more. UA even has sport-specific Infrared apparel for snowboarding, golfing, and more. Accessories like hats and gloves are also available.
Top UA ColdGear Infrared Apparel
If you’re interested in trying out Infrared’s impressive capabilities, here are four of their best styles to choose from. Actually, those who are diehard UA fans may want to pick up all four for a complete Infrared layering system.
UA ColdGear Infrared Long Sleeve Shirts
As the name would suggest, UA is well-known for its base layers. The Infrared LS shirts are one of the popular items in the line and for good reason. UA’s base layers fit well, are incredibly stretchy (some say as a second skin), and seem to magically wick sweat away without making you feel chilled.
The men’s LS base is simply named after the line with while the women’s is labeled as the Infrared Crew. They are virtually the same in design and offer the same benefits.
- Available in Black, Steel, Legion Blue or High-Vis Yellow, in sizes SM to 3XL
- Loose cut
- 4-way stretch ColdGear fabric for maximum mobility
- UA’s Moisture Transport System technology gets rid of moisture while maintaining body heat
- Has duo anti-odor and antimicrobial properties
- Polyester/Elastane blend
- Available in Carbon Heather, Blue Knight or Rebel Pink, in sizes XS to XL
- Fitted, ‘next to skin’ fit
- Ribbed cuffs for style
- Polyester/Rayon blend
If you were only going to get one thing from the Infrared series, you’ll want to get one of these base layer shirts. Many find that these shirts are so warm they can easily wear them solo in fairly chilly weather if they are actively moving. These shirts are perfect for sports as well as casual wear. They look great and are incredibly durable.
UA ColdGear Infrared Leggings
In addition to the long sleeve shirt, the Infrared leggings are a final base layer. These leggings are seriously warm and offer some compression. The women’s are simply labeled as leggings while the male equivalent are called Infrared Fitted.
- Available in Black sizes SM to 3XL
- Fitted cut with compression
- Made with ColdGear Evo fabrics
- 4-way stretch
- Same Moisture Transport System as the LS shirt base
- Has anti-odor properties
- Elasticized waistband
- Available in Carbon Heather sizes XS to XL
- Flat, yoga pants-style waistband
- Ribbed cuffs on the ankle cuffs
The UA Infrared leggings essentially serve the same purpose as the long sleeve top. If you are going out in cold weather you will be happy to have these under your normal
UA ColdGear Infrared Zippered Fleeces
The UA Infrared series has quite a few different fleeces available in various styles. Fleeces are a popular type of outerwear. They are often incredibly soft and warm enough to keep you comfortable on mild to moderately cold days if paired with a good base layer.
Unlike the other pieces of clothing featured, UA doesn’t have matching men and women’s styles for their fleeces. However, the men’s Infrared Fleece Hoodie and the women’s Infrared Hybrid Full Zip are quite similar.
- Available in Academy, Steel, Greenhead or Cobalt, sizes SM to 3XL
- Has a loose, full cut for easy layering
- Made of a brushed fleece on both sides
- Protective woven inlays in hood, chest, and shoulders for durability
- Designed with Moisture Transport System for wicking
- Mesh hand pockets
- Elastic cuffs and hem for trapping body heat
- Available in Veneer, Black or Ox Blood, sizes XS to XL
- Has a loose, relaxed fit
- Made with a textured microfleece
- Protective woven inlays in neck and pockets
- Slouch collar for extra warmth
- Has UA’s Moisture Transport System
- Drop tail hem for back coverage
- Extra-secure zippered hand pockets
Although the women’s fleece featured doesn’t have a hood, UA does have other hooded fleeces with Infrared technology. These fleeces are super lush and made to last. They are also very well priced compared to some high-end fleeces that don’t offer nearly as much warmth.
UA ColdGear Infrared Micro Jacket
An improved take on the traditional winter puffer-style jacket is the UA Micro. This sleek jacket is perfect for winter sports and casual wear alike. It is surprisingly warm, despite the lack of bulk. This isn’t a rain shell but it’s resistance to water is impressive. Added touches like the slightly extended collar for additional warmth is welcomed.
Like the other apparel choices, the Micro is available for both genders.
- Available in Black, sizes SM to 3XL
- Has a loose cut (or size up for layering under)
- UA Storm DWR finish makes this jacket water repellent
- PrimaLoft Silver Insulation used (80g in the body and 60g in the sleeves)
- UA MagZip zipper stays puts and clicks closed
- Double hand pockets + left chest pocket for audio tech
- Compresses down into hand pocket
- ColdGear cuff inserts and hem drawcord for keeping out the cold
The women’s jacket is nearly identical to the men’s version with just a few differences.
- Available in Black or Ivory, sizes XS to XL
- Has a fitted cut and tailored fit
The Micro is a great all-around cold weather jacket. It isn’t going to keep you warm in a blizzard but you’ll be quite a toasty solo in chilly weather or with the Infrared LS shirt base under it for frigid temps. Women should size up if they plan to layer under this model, however.
If you’ve never worn any of this brand’s apparel before, you should really give it a try. Whether worn casually or for sport, Under Armour produces some of the best-designed base layers and outerwear.
It’s not surprising that their ColdGear Infrared line has been popular and well-received. Those who remain active throughout the winter months will be glad to have this lineup to rely on.
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.