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Vest Base Layer

A$40.50 was A$90.00

Vest Base Layer is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
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New sleeveless merino under vest for city cyclists.

Vest Base LayerA$40.50

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Merino under vest

Using the same weight merino and flat lock stitching as the regular merino base layers, this vest is ideal for warmer training conditions or city cycling. It is cut longer at the back for a good fit when in the saddle.

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


  • 100% super fine New Zealand merino wool


  • Warm wash 40°c
  • Use wool detergent
  • Machine or hand wash
  • Cold rinse well
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Normal spin
  • Do not leave wet
  • Low iron 1 dot
  • Wash dark colours separately

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I could wear it all the time I have several mesh baselayers but wanted something a little warmer. This is great. I know it's aimed at commuters but I've been wearing it for road rides. It's perfect for when the temp is 45-55. I usually wear a S but sized down to XS for this, since most of my jerseys are race-fit. If I were going to buy one for casual use I'd take my usual size.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this sleeveless I've been searching for a sleeveless shirt like this. It fits snug, as I prefer. It's 100% merino. The collar is not too tight. And there are no annoying visible Rapha tags. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit Excellent base layer, plenty of length in the body and great fit all round
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1 more layer Ive never owned a vest before as i couldn't see the point, this vest changed my mind -warm, comfortable and no bulk
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple - Versatile This thing fits comfortable under any kit. I wear it on cool mornings and don't have to worry about shedding it if the temperatures get warmer than expected. I own some other wool base layers from some other brands and they're just a little too thick for my taste. This is nice and thin, wicks moisture, doesn't itch, and works. If I were buying it again, I'd buy a size small instead of a medium because it is not overly tight or restrictive. I wear a medium jersey, but this should probably be worn down a size in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what i needed Had this for about a year, very comfy, keeps body sweat away from your skin, like all Rapha washes up great
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit for slimmer cyclists A fantastic base layer that keeps you warm, but also fits well, especially for those with smaller arms.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great base layer for year round riding This is my fourth base layer from Rapha. I love fit and the feel of the merino base layers, great for year round riding, road in the summer and fat bike in the winter.
Date published: 2016-02-02
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If I'm having the best quality pro-team (super high-wicking & super-fast dry) Rapha jersey, riding in the tropical Malaysia whose temp can shoot to 40 C and very high humidity, why would i need another layer inside my jersey?

Asked by: LondonParisVeteran
Hi, in many riding conditions, wearing a base layer can help keep you warm or regulate temperature. In very hot conditions you will not necessarily need a base layer. However, a lightweight base layer such as a Pro Team Base Layer can simply act to make you more comfortable, and keep your torso covered if you wish to unzip your jersey.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-18

How does this "Vest Base Layer" compare to the "Merino Base Layer - Sleeveless"? They seem to use the same fabric and a similar cut.

Asked by: Jos H
Hi, the fabric used is the same but the fit and construction of the products is different. The Merino Base Layer has a bike specific, close fit. However, it is has more stretch due to its ribbed construction. The Vest Base Layer has a fit more like a normal vest and has less stretch. I hope that helps.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-02
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