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MAAP Thermal Base Layer LS Tee



Warm, breathable, comfortable and (probably) stylish – a great base that should last
Warm but not too warm
Wicks sweat very well
Those looks!
A little short to combine with shorts
Those looks!

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The MAAP Thermal Base Layer LS Tee is warm, very comfortable and wicks really well. It's on the slightly small and short-bodied side, so best suited to bib short use and slimmer riders, but it feels rugged and built to last – and that offsets the highish price a little.

Despite the love-it-or-hate-it nature of its wild colours, there's not actually that much to say about this baselayer – except that it's very good.

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Oh go on then, I'll say some other stuff. The Polartec Power Grid fabric is very comfortable against the skin, and the impressively tough-looking overlocked seams are undetectable once it's on.

It's warm but very good at managing both excessive heat and sweat, and I found it stays comfortable even at the upper end of its range (about 12°C when paired with a windproof softshell, for me).

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MAAP describes the material as mid-weight, and despite the thickish feel it stretches very easily. That's good, as the sizing is on the smaller side of accurate. It's also cut relatively short in the body, which I found just fine under bibs but less suitable with regular shorts.

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Basically, when I put this on it kept me warm but not too warm when working hard, comfortable even when I was sweaty, and unrestricted in my movements. It's even happy to do multiple rides without the stink demanding to see a washing machine, and while I thought it smelt a bit odd and chemically from new, that disappeared after the first wash.


At £70 this is at the more expensive end of things. The Specialized Seamless LS baselayer is a good chunk less at £55, for instance, though it's also a special kind of 'seamless' that has seams... only the body is actually continuous. Still, none of the seams on either the Specialized or the MAAP cause issues anyway.

Meanwhile, the dhb Aeron Polartec LS baselayer uses very similar fabric to the MAAP and was £40 when we reviewed it last year, and even though it's now £50 that's still a fair bit cheaper. 

> Buyer’s Guide: 20 of the best cycling baselayers

MAAP has a certain cachet (and those stylish/lunatic [delete as applicable] looks) of course, and is closer in price to other fashionable brands. The Megmeister Drynamo Winter Long Sleeve Baselayer is a much closer £64.95, for instance, while the Santini Grido Thermal Unisex Long Sleeve Base Layer is far more at £120.


For winter training – when you're very likely to be wearing bibs anyway – this is great. It's warm but comfortable and copes very well with hard efforts. If you like the looks (personally I do) it's a great choice that promises multiple winters of impressive performance.


Warm, breathable, comfortable and (probably) stylish – a great base that should last test report

Make and model: MAAP Thermal Base Layer LS Tee

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

MAAP says: "The Thermal Base Layer Long Sleeve combines highly breathable, quick dry, moisture-wicking, Polartec Power Grid fabrics for versatile warmth through advanced thermoregulation. High-stretch bi-component knit improves compressibility, enhances fabric performance, and contoured side panels move with your body for maximum range of motion."

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

MAAP lists:


130 g - 4.59 oz


91% Polyester, 9% Elastane


125g/m2 - Mid Weight

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Feels particularly strongly constructed.

Rate the product for fit:

Slim and comfortable, though quite short in the body.

Rate the product for sizing:

Ever so slightly on the small side.

Rate the product for weight:

Good for what it is.

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

No issues, and copes well with multiple uses between washes too.

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

Very well – it's warm and comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Crazy colours and great comfort.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A bit short in the body if you aren't wearing bibs.

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

It's towards the upper end of the range for its style and fabric.

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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It's simply very good, and that's an 8 in our book.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

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wycombewheeler | 2 years ago
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Loving the way the sleeves blend in to the wall behind, because it's a well known fact that cyclists arms look too musclebound and need slimming down for the optimum aesthetic

Sheen wheels replied to wycombewheeler | 2 years ago
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And those hi-viz flashes will be really valuable.

hawkinspeter replied to Sheen wheels | 2 years ago
Sheen wheels wrote:

And those hi-viz flashes will be really valuable.

They're there so that you can find it on dark winter mornings

peted76 | 2 years ago

I'm sorry I can't take this seriously.. it's clearly been deisgned by someone with severe colour vision deficiency.. or perhaps for the very niche crass American Rapper and Lewis Hamilton market. 

OnYerBike replied to peted76 | 2 years ago

It's a thermal baselayer. The chances are no-one is going to see any more than a sliver of it. That does beg the question why they put quite so much effort into making it quite so horrendous, but still. 

If you really can't live with the colour scheme it does appear to come in black too

Curly | 2 years ago

My God, did stevie Wonder design that...

mdavidford replied to Curly | 2 years ago

Admins - this seems to have been mislaid from the museum of 1970s comments.

Sriracha replied to mdavidford | 2 years ago
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Oh, I'm not so sure about that. The previous generations were less likely to take God's name in vain, and more likely to have been taught correct capitalisation and punctuation.

wycombewheeler replied to mdavidford | 2 years ago
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mdavidford wrote:

Admins - this seems to have been mislaid from the museum of 1970s comments.

are you sure this review hasn't just been re-released with the old comments attached? standard operating procedure round here.

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