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Merino Base Layers
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.
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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.
- Merino wash »
A gentle cleaning solution specially created to clean and freshen all 100% merino Rapha products.
NB: Unfortunately, due to their fine merino construction, the Merino Base Layers are unable to be repaired by our Repair Service
- Super fine New Zealand merino wool
- 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
- Hand or machine wash
- Wash dark colours separately
- Cold rinse well
- Use mild wool detergent
- Normal spin
- Do not leave wet
- Tumble dry no heat or dry flat
- Cool iron: 1 dot
Style Size Stock Cream, Long Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Good Cream, Sleeveless XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Out Black, Long Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Good Black, Sleeveless XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Good Grey, Long Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Out Black, Short Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Good Grey, Short Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Out Cream, Short Sleeve XX-Small Good X-Small Good Small Good Medium Good Large Good X-Large Good
XXS XS S M L XL Neck 31 34 39 43 48 51+ Chest 81 86 91 96 104 112 Back length 53 59 64 72 77 80+ Arm length 60 61 63 65 67 68+
XXS XS S M L XL Neck 12 13 15 17 19 20+ Chest 32 34 36 38 41 44 Back length 21 23 25 28 30 31+ Arm length 23.5 24 25 25.5 26 26.5+
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.