If you’re planning to ride throughout the winter then a couple of good base layers is an essential part of your wardrobe. When you browse online, you’ll find them boasting all sorts of amazing technology with prices as high as £50 but fear not, we’ve tried and tested four of the best men’s base layers under £14.
This one from FDX is light-weight with 4-way stretch fabrication, so keeps its shape well. It’s made of high-wicking fabric which did a good job of drawing the sweat away from our bodies. It also didn’t smell too much after the ride so you could probably wear it more than once, although that obviously depends on how long you’re cycling for! It’s a low-price, good quality product which will serve you well through the winter.
This base layer from Decathlon is really effective at wicking away any sweat and kept us comfortably warm. It’s made from highly-elastic material that really hugs your body so you feel nice and snug. It comes in a range of colours; blue, green, black and red. It was about 5 degrees the day we tested it – we just had a windproof jacket on top and it did the job just fine.
This base layer is made from moisture-wicking fabric and dries really quickly. It was really comfortable to wear and has a very cosy, soft-brushed inner-side for extra warmth. It’s also got air mesh panels which provide a bit of extra ventilation under the arms. It comes in 14 different colours so there’s bound to be one that suits your wardrobe. It gets rave reviews and a big thumbs up from us.
Ok you might look at the price of this and immediately think “no way!” but just give us a few moments to convince you why it’s worth considering one of these. Yes it’s 3x more expensive that the ones listed above but in our experience there is nothing better than a merino wool base layer. They are soooo soft and soooo warm, you’ll want to keep it on all day. And, the best thing, you can wear them several times and they just don’t seem to smell. We wore one on a 7-day snowboarding trip without even washing it once (grim, but true!). If you don’t have the spare cash then put it on your birthday list – you won’t regret it.