The Pactimo Long Sleeve Base Layer feels more like a summer garment considering how thin and lightweight it is but with the mercury dipping below freezing for the first few times this winter it is unbelievably warm; impressive wicking too.
Pactimo's Transfer-C fabric is a lightweight, stretchy fabric that uses 5% carbon to reduce odour and body heat. That's as about much detail as they go into but I'm guessing the carbon works like activated charcoal which is a known stink killer.
It seems to work as putting the Pactimo to work for ten hours without washing didn't leave it walking to the corner of the room on its own. You could smell it'd been worn but it didn't have the bacterial-colony stink of many man made fabrics.
The Transfer-C fabric is breathable too and wicks sweat away from your body to your outer layer quickly. If it does get overwhelmed by poor layering choice it stays warm even when wet and soon dries once the pace eases.
The material is very soft and feels great against the skin and even though it is form fitting it doesn't feel clingy either. It comes in a range of sizes from small to 3XL which is a 45-inch chest according to the website's size chart.
I found the fit to be pretty spot on to the chart with plenty of length in the body and arms as well. The dropped tail is a welcome addition as a lot of manufacturers don't bother with this on a baselayer.
Thirty-five quid isn't that extreme for a long sleeve baselayer and going by the quality and performance its worth the long term investment. The material looks and feels robust so with a bit of TLC when it comes to washing and stuff it should last for years.
Overall the Pactimo is versatile enough to wear in early spring and late autumn while still being warm enough to wear in the depths of winter. It keeps you warm without being overly hot or clammy and removes any sweat very quickly. The fit is close and well proportioned with plenty of quality to back up the price.
Three season baselayer with good close fit & whiff-killing properties; man made alternative to merino
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Pactimo Long Sleeve Base Layer Men's
Size tested: Medium
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?
It's a long sleeved baselayer that is ideal for three season use thanks to its lightweight and thin fabric making it ideal for layering. The added benefit of using carbon in its production is that it doesn't start to smell as quickly as most man made fabrics.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Material: Transfer-C which uses 5% Carbon Material
Sizes: S - 3XL
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a very good baselayer which is soft and comfortable against the skin. Good wicking properties too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The feel of the material.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really stood out to be disliked.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Pactimo performs well and is very comfortable which is pretty much what you want from the baselayer. Its a solid, well designed wardrobe staple without being anything overly special.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.