£ 75 Graphene-in­fused base layer from the in­no­va­tive bike brand

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This Bri­tish-made base layer from cy­cling ap­parel brand Métier prom­ises un­ri­valled breatha­bil­ity thanks to the unique ap­pli­ca­tion of graphene to the fab­ric. The el­e­ment is an in­cred­i­ble heat con­duc­tor, and the pat­tern on the gar­ment where the graphene is placed re­flects the hotspots on your body where you’ll need heat to dis­si­pate the most, thus cool­ing or warm­ing your core tem­per­a­ture ac­cord­ingly. It sounds might­ily im­pres­sive, but does it work?

From our ex­pe­ri­ence this is no gim­mick, as the Race Layer worked its magic per­fectly when the ther­mome­ter rose dur­ing some long and hot test rides. For those not con­vinced by us­ing base lay­ers in warm weather (in­clud­ing this tester), this is the best one we’ve used by far. It weighs just 56g, and be­cause the fab­ric is so soft and com­fort­able against the skin you don’t feel like you’re wear­ing it. In cooler weather the ben­e­fits of the su­pe­rior heat dis­si­pa­tion are also felt, mov­ing sweat away from your skin so you’re not left with chills later on in your ride.

Com­pared to other wick­ing base lay­ers it’s rapidly fast-dry­ing, and it was al­most bone dry 30mins af­ter our training rides ev­ery time. It’s more roomy than we were ex­pect­ing and per­haps not as com­pres­sive as de­scribed, but we ap­pre­ci­ated the more re­laxed fit. The Race Layer does come with a hefty price tag but it’s well made and should last a long time. Con­sid­er­ing it can be used year-round we think it’s a sound in­vest­ment, and one we now rarely ride with­out. metier­cy­cling.com


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