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Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve

£32.50 was£65.00

Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
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Elite cyclists know base layers are as flexible as they are necessary. Keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, Rapha’s Merino under vests wick moisture superbly and are extremely odour resistant.

Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve£32.50

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Fine merino for all-day cycling comfort

Any experienced cyclist knows the value of a good base layer. It will keep you cool on scorching hot cols in July and warm on freezing descents in January. A good base layer helps regulate body temperature whatever the weather, transfering moisture from the skin and proving a vital aid to performance.

Rapha base layers are made from 100% merino wool and are naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant. Wicking moisture vapour extremely quickly, they are soft on the skin and itch free.

Rapha's merino base layers come in three styles; sleeveless, short and long sleeve. All the seams have flatlock stitching so they won't chafe and are positioned behind the shoulders to avoid bag or bib straps rubbing while cycling. The base layers are close fitting and cut long at the back for a better fit on the bike.

"Base layers are incredibly important in winter to help regulate the body's temperature, but they also keep the body dry without it getting too hot. Rapha's base layer does this superbly, something that the mention of wool might normally have you doubting."
- Cycling Weekly

"There's a soft pliability to Rapha's wool that makes it a joy to wear as a layer against the skin. The wicking is outstanding. It's the best base layer I've ever worn [and] was equally pleasurable at both ends of the temperature spectrum."
- Competitive Cyclist

"Despite having so much cool Rapha clothing to choose from, my absolute favourite is the merino wool undervest. I practically live in those things. Whether it's training, sleeping or just chilling out around the house."
- Kristian House, 2009 British National Road Race Champion.

Read about Rapha products and how we source merino wool »

FEATURES

  • Beautifully soft and itch-free
  • Naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant
  • Close fit with flat-locked stitching for comfort, seams positioned behind shoulders to avoid rub from bags or bib-shorts
  • Short sleeves and sleeveless versions
  • Washes beautifully
  • Fabric weight is 150g/m2

FABRIC

  • 100% extra fine merino wool

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Warm wash 40º.
  • Use wool detergent
  • Machine or hand wash
  • Cold rinse well.
  • Do Not Tumble dry
  • Normal spin
  • Do not leave wet.
  • Low iron 120º
  • Wash dark colors separately.

Body sizing

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.

    CM IN

  • XS S M L XL XXL
    Chest < 84 84-91 91-99 99-107 107-115 115+
    Back
    length
    50-56 56-62 62-68 68-74 74-80 80+
    Arm
    length
    < 60 60-62 62-64 64-66 66-68 68+
  • XS S M L XL XXL
    Chest < 33 33-36 36-39 39-42 42-45 45+
    Back
    length
    20-22 22-24 24-27 27-29 29-31 31+
    Arm
    length
    < 24 24-24.5 24.5-25 25-26 26-26.5 26.5+
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really really nice baselayer.... I bought this to wear under my race jerseys but I wear it off the bike more than on, lightweight and warm
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from High quality, short arms It's a great base layer, overall, being comfortable, light weight, warm.... But the arms are too short! This is normal in lower quality items, higher volume brands, but for example, Rapha arm warmers are generously made, in the same large size so what happened here? slight additional manufacturing cost aside, has any manufacturer ever got a complaint of 'arms too long' from their customers ordering size large? Make the arms the same length as those on your arm warmers and it's five stars all the way...
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Base layers are crucial As they are the single piece of clothing that directly touches your skin, the importance of a base layer can't be overestimated. I really love how this merino base layer feels, how quickly it dries and remains odour free, and hiw versatile it is. I go running in it as my only layer of clothing, I wear it below a cycling jersey, I'll wear it as the base of some more layers during wintertime. Would definitely recommend, I actually already have recommended to cycling mates.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely texture and fit Only worn a couple of times as the weather has stayed surprisingly warm but on the odd morning when required the base layer has been perfect. Lovely fit, which isn't tight nor too loose and it is incredibly light. Found that that I got very hot very quickly as the fabric is deceptive as it is again so light. Admittedly sweated a bit but the item soaked it up and got on with it. No odur and no fuss... Perfect
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't wear base layers, but I'll wear THIS! I've never been a base layer type of rider. When I ride in the cold it's usually arm warmers and outer layers. I started riding in wet/cold conditions that required a base layer, so I picked this up. Holy cow, the fit comfort and quality of the garment have me sold not only on buying another one in a different color, but on the need for base layers in the right conditions.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wool base layer The long sleeve was a great addition to the two short sleeve wool base layers I already have. I opted for the xxs this time and felt it fit a bit better since the XS ones did seem to stretch just a tad. Overall, a very nice base that doesn't smell after use as advertised! (I just keep it in a zip lock in the freezer as long as it's not soaked in sweat)
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elemental Piece of Your Harsh Weather Biking Better feeling, more warm and more comfortable than high tech nylon stuff. Rapha is pioneer using 100% wool with the claim of performance but elegant sportswear. OK there are some North-European outdoor companies who has some wool stuff but the quite expensive Rapha is an affordable solution comparing them.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect weight for any cool rides this is the perfect weight baselayer for cooler days, perfect fit and finish like with any rapha product. I am 5'8" 160lbs and the medium is nice and snug, but not too tight in the arms as many other brands.
Date published: 2016-09-07
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Can you wear this as my only layer when cycling? I get very hot a sweaty in all weather and need something to wick away the moisture

Asked by: Tobesharris
Hi, you would be comfortable wearing only a base layer but you would have no pockets or a zip so it would be better to just wear a lightweight jersey with no base layer. The Super Lightweight jersey would a good option if you get very warm.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-15
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