Women's Base Layer - Short Sleeve


Women's Base Layer - Short Sleeve is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
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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 - Short Sleeve£60.00

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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.


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 5 out of 5 by from Delivers to the maximum Wore this under my merino jersey for a ride over 200 kms approx. During the ride the weather fluctuated from 9 degrees to 17 degrees and it rained on three occasions quite heavily. I was also wearing a light rain shell which was not waterproof. My point is that I did get wet but at no time was I cold and the product dried out surprisingly quickly. I am very glad that I had this on the day.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Size Runs Large I would like to have a navy one short sleeve instead of raspberry, so that I had been waiting and keep checking the stock on website for 3 months. At the end I found out a “mystery”…the re-stock navy base layer “available” on website actually is NOT available for my region. Messages of ”some items cannot be delivered to this address” or “the item ran out of stock”would be popped up when you check out at the end. If the item is available for UK only, why not clearly state on the product page. Bought the long and short sleeve base layers together. The length of the long sleeve is about 5-6 inches longer than my wrists, not sure how and where to hide the extra and bulky long sleeve under my jersey or jacket in cool weather. Returned both long and short sleeve jerseys.
Date published: 2016-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good for a base layer! I have every colour in this tee shirt. It is incredibly soft and comfortable and feels just lovely when i wear it.. I'm afraid I would never wear this as a base layer under my cycling kit (not until I got fed up with it!) I wear them with jeans and love them all.. MORE COLOURS PLEASE!
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Merino Base Layer Excellent fit and styling. Great weight, texture and feel. You wouldn't know you had it on and not in the slightest bit itchy as some merino can be. Only comment would be that I''m unsure about longevity, as garment already starting to bobble in areas.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice fit I'm 5'11 170 lbs, but for base layers I tend to buy women's xl instead of men's medium, as the neckline is shallower/more attractive, and the colors are better. I'd give five stars but the sleeves are a scoche short for my admittedly off-label use.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Winter warmer I bought the Rapha no sleeve base layer and have worn it all winter in Joburg. Its been great, not bulky but gives great warmth so wanted to add more for next winter by buying the short sleeve. Love the fact its not scratchy like some base layers
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good base layer I was very happy with the first couple of merino base layers so I bought another 2 later on. These are thin but warm and have a nice feel. I've worn them in cool and slightly warmer conditions through winter and spring and would recommend them.
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rapha women 's base layer - short sleeve Love the snug fit , very flattering . But note that the mattering is thinner then the men 's base layer -I had bought n used the men's base before the women 's range was made n sold .
Date published: 2015-10-31
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