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.
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Using a tape measure, take the total measurement around the fullest part of your chest, holding the tape horizontally.
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- Warm wash 40º.
- Use wool detergent
- Machine or hand wash
- Cold rinse well.
- Do Not Tumble dry
- Normal spin
- Do not leave wet.
- Low iron 120º
- Wash dark colors separately.
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Rapha Classics products come with a 30 day no-quibble riding guarantee. If you're not totally satisfied, return your worn Classics product for a full refund.
Crashes happen. If one does we'll repair your garment for free to get you back on the road.
What grade of merino wool is this made from, please? Can you provide a gm value (i.e 150 / 180 / 200) and a figure for microns? Thanks in advance!
I have a lot of tattoos and need to protect them from the sun. Is this shirt UV protective? Also, would I get too hot in the summer months? Where I live it can get up to 105 F.
I'm a female, about 5'5 and 115lbs. Was considering getting for myself but am petite and unsure if xs or xxs would be best? my chest about 33 around. Thanks!
Will such base layers be suitable for riders to ride in hot and humid weathers of 33 degrees?
I'm trying to buy my husband this base layer. His measurements do not help me decide what size. Back 60 cm Arm 66.5 cm Chest 89 cm,. He is 6'3" tall and only 155 pounds. What size should I get him?
Is it difficiult to put an arm warmer on top of the base layer? Thanks
Which of the blues best matches the classic navy jersey are are they the matching, colour coordinated 'warm warmers' (or what I thought were) shown in marketing material?
Hi, would you be able to provide a weight for a size large? Do they fold down relatively small?
Thank you for your request. We’ll contact you when your Men's Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve is available.
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