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Winter Base Layer

£36.00 was £80.00

Winter Base Layer is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7.
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A 100% merino roll neck for optimum winter insulation. Essential layering for extremely cold conditions.

Winter Base Layer£36.00

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Versatile merino layer for winter cycling

The latest addition to the Rapha base layer system has been created for extended rides in cold conditions. The Winter Base Layer is made from 100% New Zealand merino and uses an 18.9 micron yarn for exceptional softness against the skin. The natural fibre is also itch-free, high-wicking and odour resistant. Made from a heavier weight yarn than Rapha’s regular base layers, the roll neck can be worn as normal for standard insulation, or with the neck pulled up over the face to work in the same way as the Rapha Winter Collar. The Winter Base Layer has raglan sleeves so bag straps won’t rub, while flatlock seams ensure it won’t chafe.


"Deserving a full review of its own, Rapha's Winter Base Layer is a must-have companion to pair with your Rapha jacket. By sealing in warmth, rapidly wicking moisture and fostering exceptional comfort without donning the look of nerdy cycling apparel, Rapha's Winter Base Layer is without a doubt a flawless garment to add to your cycling wardrobe."
– Subjective Cyclist
"Due to the quality merino and the roll top neck, I found the Winter Base Layer to be ideal for the very coldest days. At temperatures of around 5C, I felt comfortable wearing just the base layer with a mid-weight windproof jacket over the top. For anything colder, the additional of a mid-layer and proper winter jacket has me pedalling comfortably down to -3C, or about the coldest it's gotten this winter down south." ****½
"Cyclists, take note. Rapha’s merino base layers are designed with flatlock seams to prevent chafing when riding. They come in a range of sleeve lengths as well as styles. This particular super soft roll-neck can be pulled up over the face to keep icy winds out."
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  • Itch free and naturally antibacterial
  • High wicking and odour resistant
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Dropped tail for improved insulation
  • Flatlock seams
  • Fabric weight: 195g/m2


  • 100% merino wool


  • Hand or machine wash cool: 40°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Use Rapha Merino Wash or mild detergent
  • Cold rinse well
  • Do not leave wet
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Hang to dry naturally
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Cool iron: 1 dot

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 So warm! Long gone are the days for layering up. All I wear is this Merino base layer and The Rapha Winter jacket or jersey and I'm good to go. I went as low as 2 degrees celsius
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So warm. I bought this for the winter months, super soft merino wool with a close fit. I've only tried it on once, instantly became too hot, and it felt amazing. The roll neck fits like a glove and removes the need for a scarf. Bring it on winter.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I bought another I was very happy with my first winter base layer -- used it for winter cycling, skiing, even sleeping! Doesn't stink even after multiple all day uses. Seriously! I love it. So I bought another....
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter Base Layer Review I ordered this base layer in the same size as my jerseys. It is a snug fit but very comfortable. On the bike, I wear this under a long sleeve jersey. I do not even realize that I am wearing it until it does its job. Far exceeds my expectations. Off the bike, I wear only this under a light weight jacket for winter activities. The roll neck works well when pulled up over the face.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mandatory layer for Winter Riding. Rapha makes the best cycling apparel. Nothing else comes close. If you are on the fence, the extra money is well worth it in my opinion. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from On and Off the Bike Versatility Rapha has perfected baselayers. The weight, feel, and durability of the material, combined with the cuts, *make* the baselayer line. On the bike, the turtleneck serves its purpose without being restrictive. The neck cuff is tight enough to keep out the chill, but it is gentle enough to not limit you during hard efforts. Off the bike, it works well beneather sweaters, dress shirts, or jackets as that base insulating and temperature-regulating layer. Fair warning--the front-neck placement of the Rapha tag gets noticed and commented-upon. The usual statement is: "I thought your shirt was on inside-out". I can live with that, but it is the reason for a four-star rating.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bit the dust after a year. Brought this in Dec 2015, early Jan 2017 and it has bit this dust, took it off today and my finger went through the back. I've had cheaper brands from rivals which have lasted longer.
Date published: 2017-01-09
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