Arguably, the most important layer is a base layer when it comes to cycling, and it can make a huge difference to your cycling comfort all year round. During winter, it ensures warmth, while in summer it facilitates cooling. Here's a selection of our favourite base layers and what to look for when you buy.
Best overall short sleeve cycling base layer: GripGrab WindBreaking Thermal Short Sleeve Base Layer
Best budget short sleeve cycling base layer: Galibier Echelon Short Sleeve Base Layer
Best cycling base layer for the summer: Lusso Pain Cave Eco Summer Base Layer
Best sleeveless cycling base layer: Chapeau Mesh Base Layer Sleeveless
Best casual cycling base layer: FR3ND Classic T-Shirt
Best cycling base layer with a pocket: Kostume EDIT002 Men's Sleeveless Base Layer
Best women's short sleeve base layer: Megmeister Women’s Drynamo Cycle Sleeveless Baselayer
Best overall long sleeve cycling base layer : Specialized Seamless LS Baselayer
Best merino long sleeve cycling base layer: Pearson Long Sleeve Base Layer Iron Grey
Best cycling base layer for the coldest rides: Spatz BASEZ 2 Black Baselayer
Best money-no-object cycling base layer: ArmaUrto Impact Pro Base Layer Elite
Best women's long sleeve base layer: Craft Active Extreme X Round Neck Long Sleeve Women’s Baselayer
A good base layer provides the foundation for enhanced comfort and performance on the bike, as it helps to regulate your temperature when combined with one of the best winter cycling jackets or a summer cycling jersey.
A base layer is often overlooked in the summer, and as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the addition of a layer under your jersey really does help – wicking sweat away from your body when the temperature ramps up. It not only helps to keep you cool but also plays an important role in reducing damage from abrasion during a crash, as your jersey will slide over your base layer.
There are lots of options out there, so we've picked some of the best base layers from the road.cc review archive and split them into two sections: short sleeve and long sleeve base layers.