Winter Base Layer


Winter Base Layer is rated 4.8929 out of 5 by 28.
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A 100% merino roll neck for optimum winter insulation. Essential layering for extremely cold conditions.


Versatile merino layer for winter cycling

The latest addition to the Rapha base layer system has been created for extended rides in cold conditions. The Winter Base Layer is made from 100% New Zealand merino and uses an 18.9 micron yarn for exceptional softness against the skin. The natural fibre is also itch-free, high-wicking and odour resistant. Made from a heavier weight yarn than Rapha’s regular base layers, the roll neck can be worn as normal for standard insulation, or with the neck pulled up over the face to work in the same way as the Rapha Winter Collar. The Winter Base Layer has raglan sleeves so bag straps won’t rub, while flatlock seams ensure it won’t chafe.


‟Deserving a full review of its own, Rapha's Winter Base Layer is a must-have companion to pair with your Rapha jacket. By sealing in warmth, rapidly wicking moisture and fostering exceptional comfort without donning the look of nerdy cycling apparel, Rapha's Winter Base Layer is without a doubt a flawless garment to add to your cycling wardrobe.”
– Subjective Cyclist
"Due to the quality merino and the roll top neck, I found the Winter Base Layer to be ideal for the very coldest days. At temperatures of around 5C, I felt comfortable wearing just the base layer with a mid-weight windproof jacket over the top. For anything colder, the additional of a mid-layer and proper winter jacket has me pedalling comfortably down to -3C, or about the coldest it's gotten this winter down south." ****½
To maintain and protect your merino products we recommend using Rapha Merino Wash »

Rapha Merino Wash has been specially formulated for Rapha merino products, with a gentle action that cleans without stripping out the natural oils that are the key to merino’s performance. Used regularly, the wash will remove dirt and refresh merino garments thanks to ingredients that include Rapha’s Ventoux fragrance. Inspired by the plants and herbs that grow on the slopes of the ‘Giant of Provence’, the wash also has natural Cedar extract to help repel moths.


  • Itch-free
  • Naturally anti-bacterial
  • High wicking
  • Odour resistant
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Dropped tail for improved insulation
  • Flatlock seams
  • Fabric weight: 150g/m2


  • 100% merino wool


  • Hand or machine wash cool: 40°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Use Rapha Merino Wash or mild detergent
  • Cold rinse well
  • Do not leave wet
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Hang to dry naturally
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Cool iron: 1 dot

Body sizing

NECK: measure the circumference around the base of the neck.
CHEST: measure underneath the armpits with the tape measure straight around.
BACK LENGTH: measure from the bottom of where your collar sits/base of the neck to the bottom of your spine.
ARM LENGTH: measure from where the seam would start at shoulder to bottom of the wrist.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good design and nice during cold rides Very good design, however a little to much friction to get the baselayer smoth under a bit tight pro jacket. I'm normally medium but would chose Large if I would by a new shirt.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dressed for success! Great passform for all whether cycling. It feels werry soft and smooth to the skin and keeps me warm even if it's wet and it's no problem to where it under different kind of jerseys or jackets for adjust to the right temperature.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The best product you will buy this winter. Great at transporting sweat from the body keeping you warm for the whole ride! When the temperature starts to fall, this is the first thing I put on.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality Good Base layer under my softshell. I often rides in cold and windy condition, and this jersey keeps me warm.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Good Buy Great for strenuous riding in cold conditions. I find the Large size comfortable and with a Medium size Rapha Wind Jacket
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so light in weight yet keeps you so warm. this is perfect for fall and winter riding on those cold mornings when you don't feel like going for a ride. They actually make the ride fun because they keep you comfortable and warm. Could not live without them.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thickness, color, and fit I really like this baselayer and regularly wear it alone with a softshell jacket or under jerseys. I also like wearing it for cold runs and will likely take it camping/hiking. Great buy and style.
Date published: 2015-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Longsleeve Baselayer Excellent must have for cold riding. Keeps the moisture wicked away from your body, keeping you feeling warm and the Turtleneck adds a great benefit for warmth around your neck.
Date published: 2015-11-08
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