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Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve

£65.00

Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 285.
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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.

Merino Base Layer - Long Sleeve£65.00

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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.

FEATURES

  • 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

FABRIC

  • 100% extra fine merino wool

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

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 Waited for this to come back in stock Waited all summer for this to come back in stock. Now it's winter and i won't get to use it till spring, but I have the black one so I know it'll be good.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, but typical Rapha quality. 6' 1" and 215lbs, the large fits great for riding with a jersey underneath and for more casual hanging out. I bought for the intention of wearing under rain jacket and it is great for that in cooler weather. Like a lot of Merino, it is amazing how warm it is, but never gets hot.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality Bought for the cold winter rides. It’s perfect for the job and has kept me toastie during the cold spells of November where there has been a slight ground frost with just a windproof breathable jersey outer. Yet to try belo zero but suspect it will do the jod with an additional layer.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put it on for the first cold ride today Great at wicking moisture. Kept my body heat in and it was pretty comfortable.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, well made, great fit, affordable (?) I purchased the long sleeved raphia base layer having had the short sleeved one before for years. It's an excellent merino base layer and less prone to collapsing into holes like some brands. I just wish rapha stuff was just a bit more affordable - I'd love one of the black long sleeved jerseys with the pink band round the arm but they no longer appear to make it and the jerseys cost £200+ - oh well...
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great base layer Bought this a couple of weeks ago, used it on a few rides in cold temperatures under the Winter jacket, this combination worked just fine to keep me warm.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff Fits perfectly and you even don´t feel it...friends are quite surprise about Premium quality, even better than Assos or X-Bionic
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item I wore this item for the first time on a ride over the weekend (Sunday morning, when it was around 4 degrees when I set off). I had previously bought and used the short-sleeved version of this - which is great - but felt it was worth having the long-sleeved version too. As a base layer, the long-sleeved version is just as good, but (obviously) has the added benefit of keeping your arms warm. On some chilly parts of my ride, my arms stayed warm, and the base layer itself kept me pretty dry. (I wore this with the classic long-sleeved jersey and a wind jacket). I'm glad I bought this.
Date published: 2017-11-06
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Is it difficiult to put an arm warmer on top of the base layer? Thanks

Asked by: Martin Ng
We would recommend a Long Sleeve Jersey in combination with this Long Sleeved Base Layer. It would be very difficult to wear arm warmers over this item
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-10-01

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?

Asked by: A Hyndman
Hi, for the Classic Jersey II the best match will be the Navy. The Merino Arm Warmers are currently not available in Navy.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-10-28

Hi, would you be able to provide a weight for a size large? Do they fold down relatively small?

Asked by: BobbyDazzler
I am afraid we do not have the exact weight for this in a large but yes, it can fold down to a small size that will fit in a jersey back pocket when folded down neatly.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-04-18

would you pair this with classic long sleeve jersey ?

Asked by: wigg
Hi, in cooler conditions, you could certainly pair this with a Classic Long Sleeve Jersey.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-12-07

Good morning I'm about to order a long sleeve merino base layer but have seen a couple of comments regarding the sleeves being "extra" long. Are they longer than normal? Thanks

Asked by: Raffagent
Hi, the sleeves are not longer but do have more stretch than our jackets or jerseys. Some people do size down to find their best fit in this base layer.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-11-22

How do you feel this compares to the Merino Crew Neck Knit shirt?

Asked by: Gregory B
Hi, this feels quite different to the Merino Crew Neck Knit. This is made entirely from a very fine merino and is high stretch, and lightweight. The Crew Neck Knit is a merino blend (using the same fine merino), and has a much more substantial feel because of its intended use.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-26

I'm a tough fit and wondering what my best bet is for sizing.  I'm short but have a big chest.  My arm length is 61-62cm (borderline small / medium) my spine length is 52cm = xs, but my chest is 107 cm which is in the large/xl region.  Go medium?

Asked by: Todd KT1
Hi, the most important measurement is for your chest, as you want to be able to breathe comfortably. The Merino Base Layers do have a high degree of stretch so you may be able to fit a medium, but we would suggest the best size for you is a large.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-04

Is this base layer useful for that pre-winter period? If not, what would work on a short sleeve jersey on days when it's like 10-15°C (~50F)?

Asked by: Anonymous
Hi, this base layer could be used in these temperatures but we would recommend a pair of arm warmers combined with a short sleeve base layer and jersey. You can then remove the arm warmers as the temperature rises or if you become too warm.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-28
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