Base layers rated. Plus seat cushions, sliders and race dates.
Knox merino wool base layer £54.99 Knox merino wool base layer £54.99
» I got this for winter but have ended up wearing it all year round. In summer it’s more comfortable than a T-shirt because it wicks sweat away, keeping you cooler and less stinky. Actually, the lack of stink is amazing – apparently Merino wool resists the bacteria that causes the smell. Other positives: it’s held its shape after two years of solid use, it dries fast, packs up small and washes normally. £55 is salty for a baselayer, but this is worth it.
Dane summer base layer £45
» This is Dane’s new summer top, made from an 8% spandex fabric they call Hi-cool and intended to make sure you arrive un-sweaty. It’s thin, clingy and makes me feel like I should be going out with the throngs of cyclists that clog local lanes, but it works. It’s very comfortable on a long, sunny ride, and I’m definitely not as damp or wiffy as if I’d just slung a T-shirt on. Easy to slide leathers off as well.
Advent ur espec core £49
» AS’S base clobber is designed for adventure bikers but is brilliant for all sorts of riding. Made from multiple knitted zones it’s warm and supportive in some areas, stretchy and wicking in others. All the seams are flatlocked for comfort and there’s silver thread to help keep away nasty odours. Apparently. The outer finish is smooth which makes them a cinch to slide into kit, plus they dry quickly if you do end up a bit damp » Summer blasts in leathers, winter commuting in textiles or going for a walk in autumn. It doesn’t matter what the occasion I will probably be wearing my Oxford layers thermal top. It just seems to know the climate I’m in and keeps my body at a very comfortable level. Feels like a second skin on and comfortable for all day riding. It has an anti-bacterial treatment so doesn’t pong even when I do. Essential riding attire.