Designed with utter minimalism, every detail on the baselayer is there for a reason, from the lock-down rubberised zip to the discreet matt black logo, the technical elastic stitching, and the fact every square centimetre is covered in ceramic particles to stop your skin ripping off or your top falling apart. We created this baselayer with Vollebak athletes and former elite military operatives Jason Fox and Aldo Kane - shown in the shots here - as part of our mission to create the toughest sports clothing system on earth.

  • Highly abrasion resistant ceramic coating
  • Lock-down waterproof zip with soft zip guard
  • Lightweight
  • High stretch fabric - 20% elastane / 80% polyamide
  • Active stitching technology
  • Breathable
  • Soft on your skin
  • High wicking
  • UV protected
  • Made with Schoeller technology
  • Cool wash max temp 40°
  • Do not tumble dry

We shot the Condition Black Ceramic Baselayer on survival expert and former special forces sergeant Jason Fox, who is 6ft 1 / 185 cm and wears extra large, and explorer and former elite reconnaissance sniper Aldo Kane, who is 5ft 9 / 175 cm and wears size medium.

See our size guide for more advice on sizing.

And don’t worry if you order something and it doesn’t fit – we have a free, no-hassle 30 day return and exchange period.

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Back length73-7575-7777-7979-81
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Back length28.5-29.529.5-30.530-3131-32
Vollebak athlete Jason Fox in the Condition Black Ceramic Impregnated Baselayer

Hardcore ceramic protection

Our Condition Black Ceramic Baselayer uses innovative ceramic coating technology developed by Swiss textile pioneers Schoeller. Covering the whole surface area of the baselayer are tiny ceramic particles bound into the material in hexagon formations. These particles make the top highly abrasion resistant but still breathable, stretchy and comfortable. The coating is soft to the touch and doesn't wash off.

Vollebak athlete Jason Fox in the Condition Black Ceramic Impregnated Baselayer

Why abrasion resistance matters

Abrasion resistance is how you measure clothes’ ability to withstand friction and wear and tear. Whether you're lugging climbing rope over your shoulder, you come off your bike on a downhill track, or your bag's shifting up and down on your back on a long run, that’s all abrasion. Wearing highly abrasion resistant clothing gives you the best chance of coming home from an adventure with your clothes and your skin intact.

Condition Black Ceramic Impregnated Baselayer

High stretch fabric with seamless side panelling

The baselayer incorporates 20% elastane and offers incredible 4 way stretch - even the stitching is elastic. Two seamless side panels - running from the bottom hem, up the side of the body, then down the inside of the sleeve to the cuff - give you complete freedom of movement, with no seams to prevent the fabric stretching as you move your arms and upper body. They also make you more comfortable by removing the chance of seams chafing your armpit.

Condition Black Ceramic Impregnated Baselayer

Lock-down waterproof zip

The baselayer has a matt black lock-down zip, which means you can secure it in place at any point. Once locked in place, the zip pull won’t bounce and the zip won't come undone, however much you move around. It stays exactly where you left it. The zip has a rubberised, waterproof surround, and a soft zip guard at the neck.

Vollebak athlete Jason Fox in the Condition Black Ceramic Impregnated Baselayer

Breathable and lightweight

Our Condition Black Ceramic Baselayer is breathable and hydrophilic, which means it will soak up any sweat and get rid of it fast, so you stay comfortable and dry. While the outside is super-resilient, the underside has a soft, silky feel, making it easy to wear all day. The baselayer is lightweight, so you're not paying for the abrasion resistance by having to carry extra weight.

Condition Black Ceramic layering system

The Condition Black Ceramic layering system

This baselayer is part of a wearable system which also includes a ceramic impregnated t shirt and midlayer. You can wear them separately, two at a time, or all three together. Designed with Vollebak athletes Jason Fox and Aldo Kane, two former elite military operatives turned adventurers, it's a sports layering system where every layer is as tough as the next, while still being lightweight, soft and comfortable on your skin.

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Condition Black Ceramic Jacket

The origins of Condition Black

The military elite have a term for your physical and mental state during life and death situations – moments in which your subconscious has to choose between fight or flight. They call it ‘condition black.’ The colour code for ‘you’re about to die’. Each piece in our Condition Black range is designed to help you survive extreme experiences using insights from the field and advanced material technology.

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