V-Neck Base Layer


V-Neck Base Layer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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Keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, Rapha’s V-neck base layer wicks moisture superbly and is odour resistant. Ideal for wearing under a shirt, it is perfect for city riders.


Super fine merino cycling base layer

The latest edition to the Rapha base layer range is made from an even lighter, finer merino than Rapha’s regular base layers. Ideal for spring and summer riding, the yarn of the V-neck is beautiful to the touch and transfers moisture away from the skin superbly. The base layer’s V-cut neck makes it ideal to be worn with buttoned shirts for a smarter appearance, perfect for the city bike rider.

Merino wool is naturally anti-bacterial, odour resistant and itch free. The V-Neck Base Layer has flatlock stitching so the seams won’t chafe and the seams are positioned behind the shoulders to avoid bag straps rubbing while cycling. The base layer is close fitting and cut longer at the back for a better fit on the bike.

NB: Unfortunately, due to its fine merino construction, the V-Neck Base Layer is unable to be repaired by our Repair Service.


"if the v-neck is worn as prescribed, it will be under the polo or long-sleeve shirt in more formal scenarios than that of a sprinting peloton. this likely has a pile to do with sartorial elegance when worn with the forthcoming tweed jacket, or perhaps under a john herety tank-top. the quality of rapha's merino baselayers has, so far as i'm aware, never been called into question; i've worn them for many a long year and you won't hear any complaints from me. this version seems just a shade thinner than their regular crew-neck baselayers, and definitely a lot thinner than their merino crew-neck (which is winter specific anyway), but i'm afraid i was unable to detect any reduction in warmth throughout my various modes d'emploi."
"While I love cycling specific clothes that look good on or off the bike, things that facilitate movement and comfort while being active throughout the day, I hate to have something so precious that you are afraid to do anything in it. Despite my fears, after about 6 months of heavy use, they are holding up just fine."
Bespoke & Wheel

To maintain and protect your merino products we recommend using Rapha Merino Wash »

Rapha Merino Wash has been specially formulated for Rapha merino products, with a gentle action that cleans without stripping out the natural oils that are the key to merino’s performance. Used regularly, the wash will remove dirt and refresh merino garments thanks to ingredients that include Rapha’s Ventoux fragrance. Inspired by the plants and herbs that grow on the slopes of the ‘Giant of Provence’, the wash also has natural Cedar extract to help repel moths.


  • 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
  • Washes beautifully
  • Fabric weight is 150g/m2


  • Super fine New Zealand merino wool.


  • Hand or machine wash
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Cold rinse well
  • Use mild wool detergent
  • Normal spin
  • Do not leave wet
  • Tumble dry cool: 1 dot
  • Cool iron: 1 dot

Body sizing

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.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Base layer or shirt? In buying the short sleeve v-neck base layer it is easy to see it as only a base layer, and it does the job well. However, even just wearing this as a t-shirt for riding in warm weather is great. Style looks good and it's the perfect temperature.
Date published: 2015-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best base layer for me! Fantastic product that I keep buying year after year and practically live in all year. Though it needs treating with care, if you do it lasts wash after wash. Buy them while you can!
Date published: 2015-09-02
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