Base layers, both winter and summer. Advice please.

by S13SFC   March 1, 2014  

Any advice of mid-priced base layers as the ones I've been using aren't very good at wicking the moisture away.

I've never used one in the summer before but I'm keen to use one in future if it helps keep me cooler and drier.

Thanks in advance.

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Castelli Flanders and/or Specialized Open mesh SS. I have both and they are superb.

posted by Shep73 [137 posts]
1st March 2014 - 22:28

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To be honest it's one area I don't bother with cycling-specific. For cold weather I wear Under Armour Coldgear long sleeve mock neck, toasty warm, a bit of compression and wicks so well you can almost feel it suck... And £20 if you get lucky.

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posted by Gizmo_ [791 posts]
1st March 2014 - 22:46

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Would strongly recommend the B'twin aero fit ones from decathlon. The one with the windstopper front is brilliant especially if you have long descents on your rides. Also a lot cheaper than other brands and are used by FDJ pro team.

posted by Dutch25 [20 posts]
1st March 2014 - 22:53

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Craft sleeveless mesh is great for summer, really works well at pulling sweat off your body.
A windstopper fronted one is good for colder descents too.
For thermal ones, a standup collar makes a huge difference
They all should be close fitting

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posted by zzgavin [205 posts]
1st March 2014 - 23:14

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I got a bit obsessed with this for winter base layers: not got there for spring or summer yet...

UniQlo HeatTech: wanted this to work as it's cheap but they're rubbish and very baggy (I needed to get an XS to get it anywhere snug and I'm a Large in most cycling kit).

Craft Zero: not bad but the fabric snags easily and it smells after one ride. very long in the body.

Helly Hansen dry stripe: wicks OK, gets smelly quite quick. quite good value though.

Castelli iride seamless: pricey but amazing, looks and feels good, snug, like the thumb loops, smells lovely out of the box and doesn't get whiffy even after wearing for a week of commuting.

posted by Pauldmorgan [173 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 0:15

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+1 for Castelli Iride. Went on a drizzly 40 mile ride today in 20 mph headwinds with -2C windchill in just a winter jersey (Campagnolo Gironde) and windproof shell (Campagnolo Atlantis) today and stayed warm and dry. Have the Castelli core mesh sleeveless baselayer for hot weather. Wicks well so my skin stays dry and sweat is transferred to my jersey and I can cool by evaporation. Both spendy (got mine on sale) but definitely work.

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posted by movingtarget [134 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 4:44

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