Base lay­ers rated. Plus seat cush­ions, slid­ers and race dates.

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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.

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