CYCLING BASE LAYERS
Worn as the first layer next to the skin, a base layer should be worn all year and changed with the season, with the aim of properly regulating your temperature. From ascending snow capped mountains in scorching temperatures, to ploughing through wintry snow, a base layer is a ride essential. More >>
Man made or a natural fibre?
Popular models can be made from either highly technical man made fabrics which do perform extremely well, or from a light weight merino wool. However, their role is the same, to either keep you cool or warm depending on the conditions whilst pulling sweat away from your body. Within cycling there is much debate over which is the better option, but rather than getting involved in that, our advice would be to wear the material you have historically preferred, and which appeals to you as a cyclist and suits the conditions in which you ride.
A word about fit
If there is one item in your cycling wardrobe who's performance is drastically affected by fit, it is the cycling baselayer. It is simply essential that the baselayer sits directly against the rider's skin where it can work to move sweat away from the body in order to properly regulate core temperature. A baselayer that is loose will simply not function. Keep it fitted, keep it working! Less >>
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Featuring Castelli's 'like a glove' 3D rib-knit fit, the Castelli Flanders Short Sleeve Base Layer is an exceptionally comfy and high wicking cycling base layer, designed for early spring and autumnal cycling. Engineered to keep you dry, even under hard efforts, the Flanders uses a multi-denier minimally absorbing 4-way stretch fabric to help move moisture away from the skin to the outer surface. Body-mapped with mesh under arms for enhanced cooling only where it's needed, the Flanders is completed by flat-lock stitching and a longer rear hem. Multi-denier 3D-structure ...
A new name, a new product - the Craft Active Extreme Concept Piece is one of Craft's new 2012 base layer developments, one in which the Superlight fabric merges with the Active Extreme fabric (last year's Zero Extreme), creating a seriously impressive base layer that would suit the cyclist looking for a cool weather, highly breathable first layer for long, hard rides. Supremely ergonomic and body mapped to specific zones, the Active Extreme Concept Piece reveals itself on the bike to be both warm and breathable in cool conditions, making your ride fresher, and more adaptive to the 'hot/cold' ...
The Craft Active Extreme Short Sleeve Base Layer, made of a thin, lightweight and extremely elastic fabric, is a Craft staple and true rider favourite. Evolving from the Zero Extreme model, it features a hexa-channeled fiber which drives moisture transport. On the outside, a hollow fibre further enhances moisture movement, whilst CoolMax Extreme Fresh FX fabric keeps smell and odour away. Worn as the first layer on the bike, the Craft Active Extreme constantly works to balance your temperature. Whether you need a quick cool down after an exhaustive mountain ascent, or pure cool ...
By combining their Superlight fabric and Cool technologies, Craft have created perhaps the ultimate multi-sport warm weather base layer in the Craft Cool Concept Piece. Body mapped and correspondingly cool during intense efforts, it is a great choice for the cyclist looking for a high performance warm weather first layer for the turbo trainer, road ride, trail or high mileage commute.Sport specific moving wing for perfect functionality and total freedom of movement during high intensitiesBy mapping Mesh Superlight and Cool Plain fabric Craft bring you to the next level of base layer technologySoft, ...
Craft's Cooling Tee is ideal for cyclists looking for a great turbo trainer layer to regulate temperature without an overly close fit that can sometimes feel restrictive whilst working out indoors, or indeed for riders in need of a relaxed, cooling first layer for touring, commuters or trail riders.Offering UPF 50+ protection, the Cooling Tee is designed to be worn like a slightly more fitted version of a t-shirt, so don't expect Craft's usual skin fit if you choose your normal Craft base layer size - this is not where this base layer is aiming at.Ergonomic fit for total freedom of movementThe ...
The Craft Cool Tee is a great multi use, multi-sport base layer. By using a UPF 50 + uniquely patterned construction that pulls perspiration vapor off the body to keep it cool, the Cool Tee is ideal for everything from a hard training ride, trip to the gym, or for keeping you fresh on the commute to work.On the sizing, the Cool Tee is designed to fit like a slim cut, fitted t-shirt, so if you really want a closer fit, then please take a size down.Mesh T for full air permeability and cooling effectErgonomic fit for total freedom of movementsCool Mesh panels in sides and backSoft and comfortable ...
Designed for the very coldest conditions, the Craft Warm collection is the range to choose from when cold rides in hostile environments are on the cards. Made from a very clever seamless 3D knit thermal yarn, the whole base layer is mapped to provide more fabric in places where it's needed, and less where it's not. Sounds simple of course, but the reality is that you don't need the same thermal protection under your arms as across your chest. The secondary benefit is cooling - even in cold conditions you can get pretty warm on the bike, and here, the mapping comes to the fore to cool ...
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