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Base Layers
To be warm, dry and comfortable in all conditions the most important layer is the one you put next to your skin. Base layers are designed to be snug fitting so that they are in direct contact with the skin and can carry sweat away by a process called wicking.

Once transported away from the skin it is transferred to the next garment in your layering system. That is why it is important that everything you wear is breathable. If one layer holds onto sweat then regardless of what else you are wearing you'll end up wet and cold.

Base layers are essential wear all year round. In summer a lightweight base or string vest will help stop your skin from feeling clammy and will actually help keep you cool by allowing sweat to evaporate.

In winter a heavier weight base layer will keep you warm and Windstopper fronted vests will protect you from a chill wind. They have other uses too, in the event of crash your jersey will slide against your base layer helping protect your skin from gravel rash.

This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on Base Layers. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.
This story was last updated on 16/01/2012