Now there's an autumnal nip in the air, it's time to slip an extra layer underneath your jersey, and Gore's Base Layer Lady Singlet is just the ticket. Its comfortable contoured cut, breathable polypropylene material and sensible price add up to a quality vest.
The stretchy fabric feels super-soft against the skin and does a great job of keeping you dry by wicking sweat away.
The singlet really does fit like a second skin, as Gore claims, the material following the natural curves of the body by virtue of the shaped cut of the eight panels that make up the garment. This necessitates lots of seams but they are flatlock-stitched and I wasn't at all aware of them while wearing the vest.
I like the high V-neck, which adds to the snug feel of this top, as does the long body. It is cut the same front and rear, and has ample length to cover your hips and stay tucked in to the back of your shorts when you're leaning over the bar.
Of course, this baselayer works in warm weather too, thanks to the fabric's excellent wicking properties, so it's a good wardrobe basic for year-round riding.
If you're body confident you could wear it on its own on a hot day – in white it's quite see-through, but the black is more demure.
Well fitting and comfortable wicking vest
road.cc test report
Make and model: Gore Base Layer Lady Singlet
Size tested: L
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Gore says: "This singlet fits like a second skin. The polypropylene material ensures the wearer feels dry and comfortable. Moisture is instantly transported to the outside."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Thin and soft fabric - 88% POLYPROPYLENE, 8% ELASTANE, 4% NYLON
Reflective logo on front
Minimized flat-lock seams
Gore 'Tight Fit'
It is Gore's 'tight fit' – its most athletic, close-fitting cut.
I'm either a 38 (M) or 40(L) with Gore. I needed this in a 40 so size up. Available in sizes XS to XXL (34-44), roughly equivalent to UK size 6-16.
Price is comparable to similar vests by other brands.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Machine wash 30 degrees.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well – it kept me comfortable and wicked well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The bodyhugging fit and breathability.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Fit, performance and price add up to a solid 8.
About the tester
I usually ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er My best bike is: Giant Anthem X1
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, mountain biking, audax