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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The Craft Active Extreme Crew Neck Base Layer is a proven rider favourite, and one that is designed to keep you dry and fresh throughout any ride in fair to cool conditions.Made from a thin, lightweight and extremely elastic fabric that is channel stitched with two high-tech polyester fibres, the Active Extreme provides a hexa-channeled fiber against the skin, and on the outside, a hollow fibre designed to promote transport of moisture to the next layer. For cool club runs, training rides or even activities off the bike where a warming, temperature adaptable first layer is called for, ...
If you like your base layer not too heavy but not too light, choose the Indie, Ibex's year round baselayer made without peers for softness and durability. Semi fit for everyday performance and style, the Indie features 18.5 micron New Zealand Merino 195 g/m2 and a relaxed jersey knit. We see the Indie as the ideal top for either a light commute in cool conditions, post bike relaxing, or multi sport activities - like cow tipping, welly wanging and running. The Indie is made from Ibex's new 18.5 micron New Zealand Merino at 195g/m2. Ibex designed this fabric from the ...
Riding hard into the wind, tackling fast, exposed descents or simply setting out for the day in less than ideal weather conditions, the Craft Active Extreme WS Base Layer is an ideal first layer to protect against the wind, retain warmth and regulate ride temperature.Pairing the Active Extreme fabric with Gore Windstopper fabric across the body and shoulders makes sure that, where it's needed, the wind protective properties shut out chill winds, whilst leaving less critical areas like the arms, back and sides to function as a normal base layer to regulate temperature.Paired solely with ...
Craft's Zero Extreme LS Base Layer for Women is renowned in both cycle and run circles for both incredible comfort and performance. It all starts on the inside with a hexa-channeled fiber construction that enhances moisture transport and which cools the body down. On the outside, a hollow fibre offers isolation as well as transport of moisture to the next layer, whilst CoolMax Extreme Fresh FX fabric keeps smell and odour away.Comforts your body in zones you need itSoft and breathable crewneckSeamless torsoErgonomic fit with long sleevesThin, lightweight and extremely elasticFlatlock ...
The Craft Cool Long Sleeve uses a uniquely patterned construction that pulls perspiration vapor off the body to keep it cool, making it ideal for everything from a hard training ride, trip to the gym, or for keeping you fresh on the commute to work. As an added bonus, the fabric is UPF 50 + protective, idea for outdoor activities. Ergonomic fit for total freedom of movementsCool Mesh panels in sides and backSoft and comfortable fitSuper cooling effectExcellent moisture transportationUPF 50 +
The Craft Cool Long Sleeve V-Neck Base Layer uses a uniquely patterned construction that pulls perspiration vapor off the body to keep it cool, making it ideal for everything from a hard training ride, trip to the gym, or for keeping you fresh on the commute to work. As an added bonus, the fabric is UPF 50 + protective, idea for outdoor activities. Ergonomic fit for total freedom of movementsCool Mesh panels in sides and backSoft and comfortable fitSuper cooling effectExcellent moisture transportationKeeps you fresh during exercisingUPF 50+
Blending the Swedish brand's Mesh Superlight and Zero Extreme fabric into one very cleverly body-mapped base layer, the long sleeve Craft Active Extreme Concept Piece is Craft's most adaptable first layer yet for cool to cold rides. In simple terms, the Concept Piece puts the right fabric where its needed, and removes fabric from where it isn't. Take your rear shoulder area for example - it gets mighty hot even in cold rides, so here, Craft applied their Superlight fabric to provide coverage without heat buildup. Switch that idea around and Active Extreme fabric is placed in key areas ...
Ibex Woolies make ideal first layers for road or trail cool weather cycling adventures. Light as a feather, strong as iron: Woolies are an Ibex best seller for a reason. Made from 18.5 micron 100% pure New Zealand Merino, and tailored for a next to skin cut, this award-winning, guide-approved ribbed fabric feels luxurious yet holds up in most rigorous conditions. A 150g weight model ideally suited to cool to cold rides, the Ibex Woolies Crew Long Sleeve Merino Base layer sports a tag-free construction, raglan sleeves and flatlock seams. Flatlock seams Raglan sleeves Wide ...
Saying things like 'Next Generation' is pretty lame. However, when something like the Craft Concept Piece Base Layer arrives, you sort of struggle for any other words. Blending some of Craft's most advanced fabrics, Zero Extreme and Mesh Superlight, the Concept piece aims to map your body, so that during exercise, the right fabric is in the right place. Ok, this seems a simple enough idea, but behind it lies years of ergonomics R&D, and Craft's overwhelming desire to provide the ultimate base layer; one that not only feels soft, lightweight and breathable, but also keeps you cool ...
Worn under your cycling jacket as the first layer, the Craft Active Extreme Round Neck Base Layer is designed to keep you dry and fresh throughout any ride in fair to cool conditions, and with its rounded neck, is an ideal choice for cyclists that don't wish to wear the higher necked crew style of the standard Active Extreme Base Layer. The Active Extreme is made of a thin, lightweight and extremely elastic fabric that is channel stitched with two high-tech polyester fibres. A hexa-channeled fiber against the skin enhances moisture transport, which cools the body down. On the outside, ...
The Etxeondo Belea Long Sleeve Base Layer is a highly adaptable item that could easily be worn as a first layer during cool work commutes, off season road rides, and long days on the trail.Featuring a Gore Windstopper front to take the edge of icy winds, and an Outlast high wicking rear designed to create an ideal ride temperature, the Belea both protects from the front and wicks from the rear, creating a breathable and wind protective first layer - ideal when paired with an Etxeondo Jacket!
Constructed from warming hollow fibre Thermolite fabric and finished with flat comfort enhancing seams, the Etxeondo Iluna Base Layer is ideal cycling baselayer for the cyclist looking to head out into the very coldest conditions. Tailored with an unobtrusive round neck, the Iluna is finished with subtle Etxeondo chest branding. Hollow fibre Thermolite construction Long sleeve Breathable, soft and highly comfortable Flat-lock seams throughout
Designed for the very coldest conditions, the Craft Warm Long Sleeve Base Layer is the model to choose 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 ...
Designed for deep cold cycling, the Craft Warm Wool Round Neck Baselayer offers a cunning blend of merino wool on the interior paired with a synthetic outer to create an environment perfectly suited to the stop start nature of cycling. Odour resistant and beautifully soft against the skin, the Warm Wool's merino inner keeps you warm even when wet, whilst the outer works to move moisture to the exterior. The other advantage of a synthetic exterior is that it becomes far more resistant to scrapes and scratches that might otherwise pull a pure merino baselayer. Wool blended ...
Made from Ibex's 150g/m2 weight base layer merino wool, at 18.5 microns, you'll find the Woolies Stripe an ideal first layer for winter commuting, trail rides or even all-occasion sports away from the bike. Using only the finest ZQ New Zealand Merino Wool, the Stripe features tag-free labels, a comforting form fit, flat-lock seams and machine wash confidence. Form fit Wide sleeve cuff details Flatlock seams Tag free labels Machine washable 18.5 micron Merino wool 100% ZQ New Zealand Merino Wool 150 g/m2 weight Made in Canada
Featuring Castelli's 'like a glove' 3D rib-knit fit, the Castelli Flanders Long 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 ...
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