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Lusso Race Base Vest



Near-textbook execution of what a baselayer needs to deliver, at a good price

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The Lusso Race Base Mesh Vest offers great breathability and a close fit, and feels beautifully soft against the skin. Lusso has managed it for a decent price too.

  • Pros: Stretchy fabric allows plenty of movement; breathability; soft against the skin
  • Cons: Tendency to stain around the neck

Virtually every cycle clothing brand has a mesh baselayer in its range, and across the board there isn't that much to separate them. Some use softer fabrics than others, some have a better fit because of the stretch of the fabric, and some wick the sweat away quicker.

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Lusso's Race Base Mesh Vest has managed to encapsulate all those attributes while also bringing it in at the lower end of the price spectrum.

The Manchester-based company manufactures its products here in the UK, although it has outreached to Italy for the 'multi-filament yarns' that make up the four-way stretch fabric used in this baselayer's construction.

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It feels great against the skin, very soft without the slightest hint of scratchiness, and you basically forget you're wearing it, whether you are out on the bike for hours or a 10-mile time trial.

I found the breathability to be great on the really hot days of the summer with temperatures touching the mid-30s. Yeah, you still get hot and sweaty when you're pushing it, but once you back off the pace a bit or start descending, you soon feel dry and cool.

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The only slight issue I've found with it is that by following the recommended 30°C washing instructions, dirt marks around the neck don't all disappear, leaving a slight discolouration. Selecting a hotter 40°C wash does seem to sort it, though.

Price-wise, we are only looking at £22.99 which is impressive, and Lusso certainly hasn't scrimped on quality to achieve it. The baselayer is very well put together and the fabric feels pretty much indestructible.

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For similar money you could go for the Chapeau Mesh SL Base Layer at £24.99, though it isn't quite as soft as the Lusso.

The Alé Intimo Active baselayer performs pretty well and I still wear it a lot. It has a slightly closer fit but will cost you £35 going on the rrp.

On the whole, this is a really good baselayer that does everything you need it to, for good money.


Near-textbook execution of what a baselayer needs to deliver, at a good price test report

Make and model: Lusso Race Base Vest

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

Lusso says, "After 12 months testing and working with Italy's leading Fabric supplier Lusso's task was to create something super lightweight, high moisture transfer and important 4 way stretch for the perfect body fit and achieving the most breathable base layer possible in today's market."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Lusso:

High Breathability

4 Way Stretch

Soft Touch


Quick Drying

Anatomically Shaped

Italian Multi-Filament Yarns

White Only

Made in UK

Machine Washable

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Stitching quality fine, but it stains.

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Sizing is spot on.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

As I've said in the main review, when washed at 30°C grime around the neck remains, but if you go up to 40°C it is fine.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

As a layer between your body and jersey it can't really be faulted.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Feels great against the skin.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Doesn't always come clean after washing at recommended temperature.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

There are others at this price point but the Lusso delivers the quality and the performance of the more expensive offerings.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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A really good quality and performing baselayer, only slightly let down by the fact that the material can stain quite easily.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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