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Base Layer top ?

glasgowbhoyglasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
edited October 2010 in Road buying advice
Need a couple of new base layer tops. Think one short and one long sleeve.

Looking at the DnB and Craft tops. Any other base layers i should be looking at. Trying to keep it under £25 each.
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  • Check out the Prendas ones - work for me and in budget:

    http://www.prendas.co.uk/list.asp?typ=typ&ID=22
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    +1 for the Prendas ones, both winter and summer ones are great
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,043
    I have the DHB ones from Wiggle (long sleeves). They are nice and warm. Mine were on sale for 10.99 but are more now.
    Steve
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  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    I can't fault the Craft tops... :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,733
    +1 Craft
  • AggieboyAggieboy Posts: 3,996
    Go to Uniqlo and get their Heatech tops, which come in short or long sleeves. The polo neck ones are brilliant for Winter.
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  • furragfurrag Posts: 481
    Wiggle are doing a 20% off sale for the next 24 hours. Pissed me off as I spent £40 on a DHB 2011 M_190 Merino wool layer which is now £32. I've wrote a sterling review waxing lyrical about it which should appear on the site before the weekend.

    I'm utterly convinced that Merino Wool is the way to go - for both warmth at cafe stops and especially if you commute, unless you hate your colleagues or want that tasty bit of totty you work with to get some of your pheromones.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360052550/

    For £24 (down from 28 quid), I don't think you could get much better.

    This is the one I purchased for the winter months. It's zip-neck covering is very handy; http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360052554/

    £56 for the short sleeve and long sleeve Merino wool baselayers. Subscribe to their mailing list and get your £5 voucher and that's 2 Merino wool baselayers for a shade over £50 - fantastic value! Not to mention the Haribo you get too. :D
  • mike ivesmike ives Posts: 319
    +1 Craft. I've also got a long sleeve windstopper version. That one is excellent too.
  • dmch2dmch2 Posts: 731
    Must admit that for the first 10 minutes into the wind tonight I did think I'd left T-shirt and shorts weather behind. But I soon warmed up so the long sleeved stuff can stay in the cupboard for another few weeks yet :)
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  • dmch2dmch2 Posts: 731
    I just got an email that wiggle have a 24 hour base layer sale if that helps...
    2010 Trek 1.5 Road - swissstop green, conti GP4000S
    2004 Marin Muirwoods Hybrid
  • antflyantfly Posts: 3,276
    I'm sensitive to most wool but OK with good quality merino so is there any itchiness in those Wiggle ones?
    Smarter than the average bear.
  • furragfurrag Posts: 481
    I'm an itcher too - the review I wrote for the 2011 M_190 made a point about it being very fine grade soft wool. It really is great.
  • flanners1flanners1 Posts: 916
    So do they itch? Had a merino one and it just did my head in and drove me mad I use craft and cannot fault them.

    If they don't itch at all I will order some
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  • merino is the way to go, but it has to be a decent one. i got an endura baa baa and it was itchy and poor quality. The best one I have ever had is an ortovox 180, available from facewest.com. It is really good quality, soft and warm. I have a howies one which is also good, but thinner and holds its shape less well. The main advantage is the lasck of stink, I can use a merino for days on end. I suffer from eczema and polyester base layers are a nightmare, merino has really been a godsend for me, worth every penny!!
  • nferrarnferrar Posts: 2,511
    I found Trekmates, Howies and the Endura Baa Baa merino tops all itched so this winter I'm ditching merino and using Craft thermal stuff (I already use Craft summer base layers). Had first ride in one last night and it's great, really comfy and wicks better than merino + it didn't smell after the ride like a lot of man-made stuff can. I can see if you're going touring and need to use the same base layer without washing it for days that merino still wins out but I always washed my merino stuff after every ride so I don't see any advantage to it now.
  • trailstartrailstar Posts: 114
    +1 craft.. the windblocker one is fantastic for winter. Superb quality and comfort.

    however they arent merino so they can smell :P
  • VelonutterVelonutter Posts: 2,437 Lives Here
    I bought one of these from Wiggle: -

    Helly Hansen Stripe Crew Long Sleeve Base Layer Arctic Blue, bought for £17, but there is a new version out at still very good value for money: -

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Helly ... 360053313/

    £21.60, I really am very pleased with this.
  • paggnrpaggnr Posts: 101
    Craft winter and summer for me
    Cheers
    Pagey
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  • jermasjermas Posts: 484
    +10 Craft.
    The Extreme variety is great in winter. I prefer it to merino.
  • antflyantfly Posts: 3,276
    Velonutter wrote:
    I bought one of these from Wiggle: -

    Helly Hansen Stripe Crew Long Sleeve Base Layer Arctic Blue, bought for £17, but there is a new version out at still very good value for money: -

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Helly ... 360053313/

    £21.60, I really am very pleased with this.

    I was going to buy one at £16 but seeing as they don't have any there didn't seem much point. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Helly ... 360041390/
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  • VelonutterVelonutter Posts: 2,437 Lives Here
    antfly wrote:
    Velonutter wrote:
    I bought one of these from Wiggle: -

    Helly Hansen Stripe Crew Long Sleeve Base Layer Arctic Blue, bought for £17, but there is a new version out at still very good value for money: -

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Helly ... 360053313/

    £21.60, I really am very pleased with this.

    I was going to buy one at £16 but seeing as they don't have any there didn't seem much point. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Helly ... 360041390/

    They have loads of the new version at £21.60
  • glasgowbhoyglasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
    Thanks everyone,

    The Craft Zero Extreme looks the one for me. £22 on always rding is a good deal too.

    Cheers
  • antflyantfly Posts: 3,276
    Plus delivery.
    Cheaper here if you are not a medium or large.
    http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=C6142
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  • sundogsundog Posts: 243
    Has anyone an Opinion on the Rapha ones?
    I like white bikes
  • glasgowbhoyglasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
    antfly wrote:
    Plus delivery.
    Cheaper here if you are not a medium or large.
    http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=C6142

    A medium :(
  • davieseedaviesee Posts: 6,386
    sundog wrote:
    Has anyone an Opinion on the Rapha ones?

    You will find a lot of people have opinions on Rapha.

    Personally I think they are great and lasting well after 2 years but I have nothing to compare them against. Very comfy, soft, warm and never clammy.
    Anyone interested should have got them when they were £90 for 3. It's now £125 which is pushing it - nothing unusual for Rapha.
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • jairajjairaj Posts: 3,009
    Endura Baa Baa, made from Merino wool, come in both short and long sleeve.
  • Check out Finisterre gear based down in Cornwall. Not cycle specific, but i have a l/s Merino one i use for walking & cycling and its superb
  • Basically the Craft ones are better than anything else I've tried.
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  • limited sizes - but worth a look at £19+pp
    http://www.rockrun.com/products/Smartwo ... -Deal.html

    acha
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