Pro Team Base Layer - Short Sleeve


Pro Team Base Layer - Short Sleeve is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 172.
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Technical, short sleeve base layer designed for training and racing in warm to hot conditions, with an open mesh body for superior heat control.

Pro Team Base Layer - Short Sleeve£50.00

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High-wicking base layer for hard summer riding

A base layer created for riding in warm to hot conditions and informed by elite-level athletes. The main body is made from an open mesh fabric that offers exceptional breathability and moisture transfer, while the stretch side panels offer a close, race fit.

The new chartreuse short sleeve version has the phrase ‘SOMETIMES YOU’RE THE HAMMER, SOMETIMES YOU’RE THE NAIL’ across the chest - the words uttered by an exhausted Geraint Thomas after Stage 17 of the 2015 Tour de France, a day that saw him arrive home 22-minutes after the stage winner. “I was a cheapy little Ikea one today. It was terrible,” he added.

The black short sleeve version has the slogan 'NOUS MARCHONS À LA DYNAMITE', the words of Henri Pelissier, the 1923 winner of the Tour de France, who was describing how racers of his era were fuelled by an explosive concoction of stimulants. The pink short-sleeve version of the base layer reads, “SE FRENI, NON VINCI”, a phrase uttered by Mario Cipollini which perfectly illustrates the great sprinter’s simple desire to win at all costs: “If you brake, you won’t win.”

NB: The Pro Team Base Layer sizing is race-tight. Please select your regular jersey size or, if you want a more relaxed fit, move up one size.


“Some people don’t see the point of wearing base layers in the summer but I almost always do, feeling more comfortable with one on. It’s up to you, naturally. Rapha’s Pro Team Base Layer really is one of the best I’ve used for hot rides and, believe me, I’ve used a hell of a lot over the years.” Road.cc

“From the moment it arrived, Rapha’s Pro Team Base Layer’s been on heavy rotation. And by heavy rotation I mean every ride. Extremely lightweight with a tailored fit and a highly effective wicking performance, this base layer should be on your radar if you’re looking for the best with a healthy dose of aesthetic seasoning.”



  • Highly breathable and sweat wicking with a mesh body for riding in hot conditions
  • Stretch side panels to create an aggressive race fit
  • Bound neckline and arm holes
  • Flatlock seams to prevent chaffing
  • Rider’s ID/ laundry label
  • Forçats de la Route styling
  • Anti-bacterial treatment - fabric stays fresher for longer



  • 94% polyester
  • 6% elastane
Side panels:
  • 86% polyester
  • 14% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool 40C
  • Drip dry in shade
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry-clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron

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

    Chest < 84 84-91 91-99 99-107 107-115 115+
    50-56 56-62 62-68 68-74 74-80 80+
    < 60 60-62 62-64 64-66 66-68 68+
    Chest < 33 33-36 36-39 39-42 42-45 45+
    20-22 22-24 24-27 27-29 29-31 31+
    < 24 24-24.5 24.5-25 25-26 26-26.5 26.5+
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very functional You can for sure get a lot of nice stuff from Rapha as aeroshirts, bibs ... whatever. But the Pro Team Base Layer is the most serious (and my favourite) piece of equipment money can buy from Rapha. Tried everything in the past, tried to jump on the "merino train" as well, nothing didn't work for me. But the Pro Team Base really does great work - using it in every condition as first layer. If one takes a closer look to the fabric's structure it's easy to see why - it just keeps humidity as far as possible from your skin. Nicely done! BTW: Size matches exactly with my Pro Team jerseys (L - 1,86m/83kg) .
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect warm weather baselayer I've got a couple of really nice Castelli mesh baselayers. When they say mesh, they mean it. You couldn't wear one of their shirts out of the house by itself without feeling indecent. Rapha's 'mesh' baselayer is much more practical in terms of being a complete fabric as opposed to a net of strings, and it still seems to keep me just as cool on hot rides as my other baselayers. The hot pink color is awesome, it has remained dayglow after half a dozen washes so far. The little stripes below the collar look awesome when you're jersey's just slightly unzipped, too!
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great base layer I regularly wear base layers throughout the year from a variety of different manufacturers. I had been eyeing the Rapha pro team base layer for a while, and finally decided to make a purchase. The pro team base layer performs exceptionally well. The base layer fabric is soft to touch, there are no irritating seams. The length of the base layer is great and is able to be tucked into the bib shorts and does not ride up my back. Compared to my other base layers, I have certainly noticed an improvement in heat distribution, I feel the base layer provides better cooling. I wear medium size in Rapha jerseys, thus I purchased the medium size which fits perfectly. I'm 177cm and 78kgs.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent baselayer I've traditionally not been a fan of baselayers, but I'd heard good things about this one. The fit is perfect for a medium, and the tail is long enough to tuck in but not so long it bunches up. I tend to run warm to begin with, but this thing was great even during a cyclocross race around 70 degrees. It's always nice to have a go-to garment, and this is it.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer favourite I've worn the Rapha merino base layers for many years during the winter and wanted something for the summer. I tried on both the Merino Mesh and the Pro Team Base layers but just preferred the fit and feel of the Pro Team Base.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go a size up! Great item but as with all Pro Team gear it's designed to be a snug fit. I'm a medium in standard gear but sme pro team stuff needs to go up a size.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great design Looks fantastic, very nice to sport in too. Great style, good quality. Maybe a bit small? Normally I need an L, at Rapha I order XL.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Bought this for a weeks cycling in Majorca to wear under my top, great fit and kept me cool when when clumving on the hills
Date published: 2016-03-25
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I am 182 cm and weighting 85kg, what size would you recommend?

Asked by: avaugeois
Hi, please do refer to the sizing guide for fit measurements.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-03-31

How often do is it recommended to wash this garment on very light rides (commuting) I have noticed no oder even after several days. I don't want to ruin it in the wash every night or permanent body mold                                

Asked by: Rick rick
Hi, this is very much a personal preference and as such we do not have any specific recommendation as long as the care label is followed when washing.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-03-21
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