Amphibian Apparel Base Layer Tops Review

Last updated: 27-Jan-21

By Kate Allen

Amphibian Apparel UK is a new, UK based sportswear company. They state on their website:

“We like to think of ourselves as different. We strive to create the best kind products that adapt to whatever your sporting needs.

Our vision is to create products for dedicated sports people, in the gym & sporting environment.

We are there for people who understand that an athlete has gone through many hours of blood, sweat and tears. Athletes who know and appreciate the feeling of the pain you have to overcome in order to achieve.” #NoExcuses

I have four tops from them which I have been testing rigorously for the last few weeks while I’ve been training for an ultra in the Lake District.

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Women’s AmpApp Vest Khaki/Black

Features

  • Soft and stretchy cotton with a racer back
  • Stylish logo placement down the centre of the back
  • RRP: £11.99

Although I did run in this top a couple of times, the cotton is a good quality thickness and therefore a bit heavy, so I felt it was better used as a Yoga top. It is a nice cut and fit, and the colour is good too.

Score  
Features  8
Design 9
Performance 7
Value 9
Overall 8.5

 

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Seamless Women’s Crew Neck Baselayer

Features

  • Seamless
  • Wicking fabric
  • Long sleeves
  • Attractive embossed design.
  • Ribbed hem and cuffs.
  • Round collar. Stretch.
  • Contrast stitching.
  • Washing Instructions  Domestic wash at 40c
  • Weight 70gms
  • RRP: £29.99

This top is the female version of the similar men’s half-zip. It is a versatile top you can throw on for every day wear. I was surprised how warm it was and if the weather was inclement outside I’d put this on but then end up being rather too warm and rolling up the sleeves. It is very comfortable with the inner side of the fabric being soft and cosy.

Scores  
Features 7
Design 9
Performance 8
Value 9
Overall 8.25

 

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Ghost Multi-sport Seamless Top

Features

  • Seamless.
  • Wicking fabric
  • ¾ zip
  • Long sleeves
  • Attractive embossed design.
  • Ribbed hem and cuffs.
  • Round collar. Stretch.
  • Contrast stitching.
  • RRP: £34.99

This is the male version and again a very versatile top. I like the zip version which allows you to cool off if you get hot but also you can tuck a buff in if you want to add a bit of warmth to your run.

I have used and washed both these tops several times now and they remain comfortable, without shrinkage or colour fade and leave no residual smell.

Scores  
Features 8
Design 9
Performance 8
Value 9
Overall 8.5

 

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Shadow Baselayer – Unisex

Features

  • Dry fit technology helps you stay dry, comfortable and focused.
  • Stretchy fabric with a smooth face provides a low-friction underlayer.
  • Tight fit gives a streamlined look and feel.
  • Raglan sleeves eliminate the shoulder seam to help you move freely.
  • ‘A’ design trademark is heat transferred on the centre of the chest.
  • RRP £24.99

My daughter liked this top very much. In fact now I’ve tested it, I fear I may lose it, but I will fight for it as I like it very much too. It is a very sleek, glossy black top with interesting contrast panels on the back. Like the other tops, it is a versatile warm baselayer with good reflective logos but this one, to my mind, is slightly more stylish.

Scores  
Features 7
Design 9
Performance 8
Value 9
Overall 8.25

 

Conclusions

What strikes me about these tops is the quality and value. They are all nicely made, technical tops that can be used for a variety of sports or activities. They make a useful addition to my running and yoga wardrobe.

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Kate Allen is an experienced ultra runner with a passion for exploring the mountains and the hills of her home in the Peak District.

OUR RATING:
4/5
YOUR RATING:
0.0/5

"What strikes me about these tops is the quality and value. They are all nicely made, technical tops that can be used for a variety of sports or activities"

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An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

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Elevation

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Expert

Elevation

Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

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Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

Elevation

Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for

Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

Elevation

Increase of up to 1000 metres

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Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

Elevation

Very little change < 500 metres

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First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.