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The Lusso Paragon Sleeveless Baselayer wicks away sweat well, weighs virtually nothing, it's comfortable and has a great fit. It's great for those days with changing temperatures, and its quality is right up there with those in our guide to the best cycling baselayers.
It can be hard to dress appropriately during autumn where it can be 6°C at the start of a ride and 16°C at the end. However, the Paragon did a great job in regulating body temperature throughout rides where the temperature changed drastically.
I have worn this on a variety of rides, including multiple outings over four hours in duration and found it comfortable throughout.
Lusso's Paragon baselayer is made of 94% polyester and 6% Lycra, which gives it enough stretch to be comfortable and not restrictive. This also makes sure it remains close to your body, so it can wick away moisture.
I found it performed well on some chilly autumn club runs where we'd stop at a cafe. I'm not normally a fan of stopping on cold days, but the baselayer did a good job of wicking away sweat so I didn't feel cold and damp.
I haven't had the opportunity to test it in really hot weather, but I have worn it on the turbo. While nothing will ever stop you feeling sweaty on the turbo, I did feel more comfortable at the end of the session when I was wearing this compared with when I wasn't.
The Paragon has no labels and only a minimal number of seams, so that there is no irritation on the skin. There is a small heat-applied graphic that looks good and didn't irritate my skin either.
The close-to-the-body fit means it fits under a jersey without any bunching. I tested it with some close-fitting aero jerseys, and it still felt comfortable.
The Paragon comes in five sizes, S-XXL. I tested the medium, my usual size. According to Lusso's size guide I was right at the upper end of medium. However, I found the medium a good fit and would recommend you go with your usual size.
The baselayer only comes in black, which is fine with me as I have found my white baselayers look stained in places after a while.
At £35 the Lusso Paragon is around the midpoint for sleeveless baselayers we've tested.
Overall, Lusso's Paragon is a very good baselayer. It's comfortable, has a good fit and does a great job of regulating your temperature. And I've found it an excellent choice in autumn when the temperature can vary significantly during a long ride.
A very good baselayer that's comfortable, has a great fit and wicks away sweat well
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Paragon Sleeveless Base Layer
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says: "Crafted using an ultra-light 3D mesh fabric that quickly wicks away sweat from the surface of your skin, ensuring you stay cool, calm and collected on high tempo rides. The fabric's 6% elastane content gives the baselayer stretch and means it's always sitting next to your skin, working properly. The waist hem has been flat-locked and seam-covered to minimise irritation underneath your shorts. Finished with subtle Paragon bee graphics."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"Ultra-light 3D mesh
Minimal seam construction
Flat waist eliminates bunching
Subtle Paragon graphics"
I was right at the upper end of the size guide for medium, but I found it was the right size for me. I'd recommend your usual size.
It is very light, only 52g.
Around the midpoint for baselayers we have tested at road.cc.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed at 30C with no issues, dries very quickly.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A comfortable fit and wicks away sweat well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort and breathability.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
At £35 the Paragon is around the mid-point for baselayers that we have tested at road.cc.
The Pas Normal Studios men's baselayer received a good review and is priced at £46.
For £29.99 you can get the Nopinz Souplesse baselayer, which also received a good review.
The Chapeau Mesh Baselayer is now priced at £32.99
You can get a good baselayer for less, such as the Galibier Echelon baselayer we reviewed last year, which costs just £23.
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 overall score
It is very good, it wicks away sweat well, it's comfortable and effective in a variety of conditions.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized Roubaix My best bike is: Cervelo S3
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, Indoor