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Sleeveless Base layer.

bluedog99bluedog99 Posts: 183
edited June 2015 in Road buying advice
Hi,
Could anybody recommend me a sleeveless base layer that is not to pricey, preferably merino. Also what are the string vest style ones like to wear?
Cheers.
Rourke 853 Team Pro Custom.

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  • luv2rideluv2ride Posts: 2,363
    Look no further (not merino though):
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh ... 60339917uk
    Size up a tad big mind, so maybe get a size smaller. Care required putting on and taking off, but great performance.
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  • bomsterbomster Posts: 202
    edited May 2015
    Luv2ride wrote:
    Look no further (not merino though):
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh ... 60339917uk
    Size up a tad big mind, so maybe get a size smaller. Care required putting on and taking off, but great performance.

    +1. Can confirm on the sizing too, I'm usually a large (6'1, 75kg) but medium fits perfectly.

    With regards to what it is like to wear - I personally do not notice the 'string'/mesh design - feels perfectly smooth on the skin.
  • bluedog99bluedog99 Posts: 183
    Thanks for the replies, I will check them out.
    Ta.
    Rourke 853 Team Pro Custom.
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,731
    I've found the Gore Bike Wear ones to be very good.
  • 70\ʹspenguin70\ʹspenguin Posts: 957
    Although not merino, Under Armour do a good one too!
  • cadseencadseen Posts: 170
    edited May 2015
    I also like the Craft ones @ http://tidd.ly/b306850f
    Currently running with 25% off :-)
  • anjasolaanjasola Posts: 145
    Luv2ride wrote:
    Look no further (not merino though):
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh ... 60339917uk
    Size up a tad big mind, so maybe get a size smaller. Care required putting on and taking off, but great performance.

    +2 good bit of kit.
  • northpolenorthpole Posts: 1,499
    anjasola wrote:
    Luv2ride wrote:
    Look no further (not merino though):
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh ... 60339917uk
    Size up a tad big mind, so maybe get a size smaller. Care required putting on and taking off, but great performance.

    +2 good bit of kit.

    Got to agree - the Craft base layers are great for warm weather.

    Peter
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    The latest sleeveless Aldi one I find is excellent, as is the aldi merino long sleeve one - that might have been in a skiing promotion but its great for the bike in colder times
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  • gethincerigethinceri Posts: 1,216
    another vote for Craft from me, plus an additional recommendation to choose a smaller size.
    Cheapest here: http://www.acycles.co.uk/craft-pro-cool ... tAodpwkAMw
  • bluedog99bluedog99 Posts: 183
    Thanks again, the Craft ones do seem to be popular.
    Cheers.
    Rourke 853 Team Pro Custom.
  • FatTedFatTed Posts: 1,205
    Ground Effect stuff is pretty good, I'm a medium. (large in Assos and Castelli).
    http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product/MER/RIS
  • rafletcherrafletcher Posts: 1,235
    Merino, and good value for it too.

    http://isadoreapparel.com/100-merino-sl ... -baselayer
  • ilovegraceilovegrace Posts: 677
    Bought two Aldi ones for £10 , why pay more ?
    regards
    ILG
  • rafletcherrafletcher Posts: 1,235
    ilovegrace wrote:
    Bought two Aldi ones for £10 , why pay more ?
    regards
    ILG

    Because you might want it to last 10 years not 10 months, and to retain something of a fit and shape? :D
  • crankycrankcrankycrank Posts: 1,830
    FatTed wrote:
    Ground Effect stuff is pretty good, I'm a medium. (large in Assos and Castelli).
    http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product/MER/RIS
    +1. I've got 2 of the Ristretto sleeveless purchased 6 years ago. Great for cool to warm weather. Maybe a little too warm for very hot days but still comfortable when sweating. Reasonably durable and as mentioned run a little larger than some of the other euro sized brands.
  • Bought my first 'string vest' base layer last year and I absolutely love them. Unless it's very cold (and I'm wearing a dedicated winter base layer) I wouldn't go out without one now. Far better than normal base layers (IMHO). The two I've purchased are:

    http://www.d2dcyclingclothing.co.uk/pro ... ase-layer/

    which is sleeveless!

    and . . . .

    http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/santini- ... oC_Jbw_wcB

    which has short sleeved arms!


    Both excellent!
  • Dazza993Dazza993 Posts: 99
    Luv2ride wrote:
    Look no further (not merino though):
    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh ... 60339917uk
    Size up a tad big mind, so maybe get a size smaller. Care required putting on and taking off, but great performance.

    +1 on these Craft mesh tops too. I've a couple of them and they're brilliant for the hot weather. I've various Craft base layers for different seasons and they're all very very good.

    I have a medium size and I weigh 80kg. Snug but stretchy and v. comfortable.
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  • SpatulalaSpatulala Posts: 291
    rafletcher wrote:
    ilovegrace wrote:
    Bought two Aldi ones for £10 , why pay more ?
    regards
    ILG

    Because you might want it to last 10 years not 10 months, and to retain something of a fit and shape? :D

    I have a lightweight sleeveless Aldi one that I bought about 4 yrs ago. It's as good today as the day I bought it, which is to say excellent. It's my go-to base layer all Summer long.
  • johnnymcg259johnnymcg259 Posts: 569
    Probably mentioned in the thread already but go 'Craft' every time imo................
  • PTestTeamPTestTeam Posts: 395
    When it comes to base layers, how the garment will perform is based on the garment's fabric and also its fit

    There is an obvious difference between Merino and man made fibres, but did you know there is a big difference in man made fabric performance? Also, each fabric works better for a particular purpose. After all a walk in the dales would require different capabilities from a base layer, as opposed to an hour cycling tempo.

    This article goes into much more detail

    http://parentinitestteam.com/2015/05/29 ... se-layers/
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