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rapha base layer guide 2018

Base Layer Guide

The first layer of your cycling wardrobe is the foundation for comfort on the bike.

25 March 2019

A base layer is the foundation of a cyclist’s wardrobe and key item of clothing for comfort on the bike. Sitting next the skin, it wicks sweat away to help regulate your body temperature, insulating you against the cold on winter rides and keeping you cool in summer.

Rapha has a wide range of base layers with different fabrics and fits for riding in all conditions.

Temperature Control

Moisture wicking and heat regulating.

Advanced Fabrics

Tested to extremes.

Perfect Fit

Next-to-skin comfort.

Merino Base Layer

Made with Rapha’s pioneering merino fabric, this base layer is as versatile as it is comfortable. It will keep you cool on scorching hot climbs in summer and warm on freezing descents in winter. Naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant, the merino base layer fabric is so soft that it’s ideal for wearing off the bike too.

Fabric

Fine New Zealand merino

Fit

Slim, for training or racing

Conditions

Cold to warm

Merino Base Layer

Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & sleeveless.

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Women's Merino Base Layer

Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & sleeveless.

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Merino Mesh Base Layer

Another staple for every season, this lightweight layer combines the comfort and performance of merino with the ventilation of a mesh base layer. Made from a second generation merino-blend fabric woven exclusively for Rapha, the Merino Mesh is designed to be worn all year round. Equally effective worn underneath winter clothing as a summer jersey, short sleeved, long sleeved and sleeveless options make it the perfect partner on any ride.

Fabric

Lightweight merino blend

Fit

Slim, for training or racing

Conditions

Cool to hot

Merino Mesh Base Layer

Available in short sleeve & sleeveless.

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Women's Merino Mesh Base Layer

Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & sleeveless.

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Brevet Base Layer

Our first base layer to feature a fabric with a permanent antibacterial finish, the Brevet Base Layer is designed specifically for the rigours of long-distance riding. Constructed with silver coated ion yarn, the fabric inhibits the growth of bacteria to keep you fresh and odour free, day after day. Our first base layer to feature a fabric with a permanent antibacterial finish, the Brevet Base Layer is designed specifically for the rigours of long-distance riding. Constructed with silver coated ion yarn, the fabric inhibits the growth of bacteria to keep you fresh and odour free, day after day.

Fabric

Polyester, elastane, silver coated ion yarn

Fit

Slim

Conditions

Warm to hot

Brevet Base Layer

Available in short sleeve.

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Women's Brevet Base Layer

Available in short sleeve.

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Pro Team Base Layer

An exceptionally lightweight layer, the Pro Team Base Layer is made for competition. The main panels are constructed of a highly breathable and quick-drying mesh fabric to rapidly wick sweat away from the body and regulate body temperature. Stretch side panels ensure a streamlined fit and make this base layer the summer choice of our professional riders.

Fabric

Polyester, elastane

Fit

Close, race cut

Conditions

Warm, racing

Pro Team Base Layer

Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & sleeveless.

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Souplesse Base Layer

Mesh body fabric and stretch side panels combine to make the super lightweight Women's Souplesse Base Layer the choice of the CANYON//SRAM team for training and racing. The stretch panels make or a close fit and maximum efficiency in wicking sweat and regulating body temperature.

Fabric

Polyester, elastane

Fit

Slim, race cut

Conditions

Warm weather racing

Souplesse Mesh Base Layer

Available in short sleeve, long sleeve & sleeveless

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Light Support Bra

For longer adventures and warmer days, the Light Support Bra is cut from a soft, high-stretch, sweat-wicking fabric. This seamless cycling bra is designed to give generous coverage whilst providing just the right level of compression and support demanded by cyclists.

Fabric

Technical, high-stretch

Fit

Medium compression

Conditions

Racing and training in heat

Light Support Bra

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Riding tips

For rides with a coffee stop, pack a folded base layer into your jersey pockets. Your sweat cools quickly once you stop riding so a fresh, dry base layer can help keep you warm. In order to adapt in changeable conditions, opt for a short sleeved base layer paired with arm warmers for versatility rather than wearing a long sleeved base layer. For multi-day rides pick a base layer that will stay fresh despite repeated use. The Brevet Base Layer is made of silver coated ion yarn for a permanent antibacterial finish. Wearing a base layer beneath your jersey can keep you cooler even on the hottest of days. Base layer fabrics are more effective at wicking sweat away from the body and regulating temperature.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a prolific race winner, a base layer can be the difference between a great ride and an uncomfortable ordeal.

Tales from the road

While we don’t recommend wearing one base layer for every ride like Gino Bartali did, his story goes to show how important a base layer was to him. As any experienced rider will tell you, a good base layer is the foundation of a comfortable ride.

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