Vest Base Layer


Vest Base Layer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
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New sleeveless merino under vest for city cyclists.


Merino under vest

Using the same weight merino and flat lock stitching as the regular merino base layers, this vest is ideal for warmer training conditions or city cycling. It is cut longer at the back for a good fit when in the saddle.

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.


  • Beautifully soft and itch-free
  • Naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant
  • Close fit with flat-locked stitching for comfort
  • Seams positioned for comfort
  • Washes beautifully
  • Fabric weight is 150g/m2


  • 100% super fine New Zealand merino wool


  • Warm wash 40°c
  • Use wool detergent
  • Machine or hand wash
  • Cold rinse well
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Normal spin
  • Do not leave wet
  • Low iron 1 dot
  • Wash dark colours separately

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 5 out of 5 by from Warning: may be habit forming Local cycling cultists insisted I try the base layer. Tried it. They were right. Now have several which I always wear. Rapha has it figured out. Especially in cold weather, layering on the merino, jersey and jacket let's you dial up the warmth and ventilation to stay comfortable as conditions change. Pretty ingenious.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable and warm Very comfortable and warming vest. A great base layer for cool weather when combined with a short sleeved jersey.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Less is more Lovely feel like the other merino base layers. Looser fitting around the neck so it's possible to keep cooler by unzipping outer layer when necessary.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great autumn base layer really comfortable, washes well and keeps its shape
Date published: 2015-11-05
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