Women's Base Layer - Long Sleeve


Women's Base Layer - Long Sleeve is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 30.
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A supremely comfortable base layer made from highly-breathable merino. Wicks moisture superbly and is naturally odour resistant.

Women's Base Layer - Long Sleeve£65.00

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High-performance cycling base layer cut for women riders

Rapha base layers are made from the highest grade of New Zealand merino wool. The fabric is extremely comfortable, wicks moisture superbly and is naturally breathable and odour resistant. The Women’s Short Sleeve Base Layer has been cut specifically for a female shape, with a neat, set-in v-neck that has a finer binding than the men’s version. Other features include set-in sleeves and flat lock stitching, designed to ensure the fabric won’t chafe and to eliminate rubbing from bib shorts and bag straps.


Quite simply put, since this arrived on my desk, I've really only taken it off to wash it (occasionally). I've been wearing it on the bike pretty much constantly in cold weather, but also under big woolly jumpers and the like as a casual 'normal' top. It's just so comfy and pleasant to wear. It's well made and the good quality merino wears beautifully, on or off the bike.
road.cc ****½
Given the versatility and the non-take-off-ability of the Rapha Women’s Sleeveless Base Layer, the price tag represents pretty good value. Merino is never cheap, and this garment certainly performs better than looser or scratchier merino products that have a slightly lower price point.
BikeRadar ****½


  • 100% merino (18.9 micron)
  • Flatlock stitching on seams
  • High wicking
  • Quick drying
  • Highly breathable
  • Quick drying
  • Extremely soft collar binding


  • 100% merino


  • Hand or machine wash
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Cold rinse well
  • Use Rapha Merino Wash, or mild detergent
  • Normal spin
  • Do not leave wet
  • Cool iron: 1 dot

Body sizing

    CM IN

  •   XXS XS S M L XL
    Chest 76 81 86 92 97 102
    Waist 62 66 71 76 81 86
    Hips 87 92 97 102 107 112
    Arm length 53.5 56 58.5 61 63.5 66
  •   XXS XS S M L XL
    Chest 30 32 34 36 38 40
    Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34
    Hips 34 36 38 40 42 44
    Arm length 20 22 23 24 25 26
  •   XXS XS S M L XL
    UK 6 8 10 12 14 16
    US 2 4 6 8 10 12
    Euro 34 36 38 40 42 44
    Japan 7 9 11 13 15 17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Base layer I bought this for the winter, but I'm not sure I would repurchase it. I find the grey a bit too see-through to wear alone, and I don't find the cut of the v-neck very flattering. The sleeves are also much too long for me, I suppose I should have sized down but I was worried it would be even more see-though if it was more fitted. Disappointedly, it's gotten holes in it quite quickly. I think I'll stick to the sleeveless version, as I find it much more comfortable and flattering (and better for layering).
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toast Warm I bought this just in time for the chilly weather here. So far the coldest I've ridden is only down to 24 degrees farenheit. I had my jacket, long sleeve souplese jersey, the base later, rapha tights and souplese shorts and I definitly was over dressed and actually had to unzip my jacket all the way. On a side note, for some reason in the pictures online I never realized how see through the shirt is so know that if you want to wear it on its own at any point. I commute and so occasinally I'll throw a tank inyo my bag so I can continue wearing at work where I have already got loads of compliments on it.
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Baselayer Simply worth the investment. I have used this all the time, on rides and in casual use. The merino is lovely, warm and very breathable. Its durable, washes well and is a great fit. I have a long body so this comes up slightly shorter, which is fine when worn under bibs but would have preferred an extra inch. No complaints although I would like to see a Women's version with a round neck, and in the men's colours.
Date published: 2015-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best base layer! I'm warm and wearing a base layer with great design style.
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I live in this If I could have a uniform, it would be a week's supply of these merino base layers in various styles. I have gone for a ride in the morning, switched to my commuter bike and ridden to work, and sat in the office all day without changing my shirt. It doesn't smell and it dries extremely quickly. This performs well on long rides and also looks like a well made piece of clothing off the bike. Can't rave enough about these.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential winter wear I have two of the long sleeve and three short sleeve versions of the Rapha base layer. They are essential for winter warmth regulation and great for wearing under Rapha city wear. My only negative would be because I'm small I find the sleeves a little long, but this wouldn't be a problem for most people. I basically wear these every day from Autumn to Spring
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft and Comfortable. I bought this item about a month ago and have used it on one or two occasions when the weather was a little cooler. The fabric is soft and very comfortable and the sizing is spot on. It is pure quality and at a good price too when you compare it to other top quality base layers. I would thoroughly recommend it to others.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Base layer I bought this base layer along with a turtle neck base layer, and this one is a little big. I bought each in a size small and this one is bigger and the material has a different feel. It's a good base layer to have, but isn't my first recommendation of the Rapha winter clothes.
Date published: 2015-12-14
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