Mavic Echelon base layer review

French wheel manufacturer Mavic has been quietly producing some top-notch clothing over the past few years, and this short sleeve Echelon base layer is well priced and very good at keeping you dry when you get a sweat on.
Mavic Echelon short sleeve base layer.
Mavic Echelon short sleeve base layer.

The key criteria upon which all base layers need to be assessed is how well they wick sweat from the skin. That is the fundamental task appointed to a base layer. Mavic use an Air Dry fabric and it really does work very well on the trail. With just a soft shell jacket over the top it’ll keep you dry even during hard rides.

Lightweight Air Dry fabric works well and is very stretchy.
Lightweight Air Dry fabric works well and is very stretchy.

It’s a lightweight base layer and perhaps isn’t the first choice for winter riding, but if you run hot it’s a good choice. With a long sleeve jersey over the top and a jacket I find it the perfect setup for rides of a couple of hours.

Mavic's Echelon short sleeve base layer does everything a base should although it isn't at its best during the depths of winter. I use it with a warm jacket for short rides on milder winter days.
Mavic’s Echelon short sleeve base layer does everything a base should although it isn’t at its best during the depths of winter. I use it with a warm jacket for short rides on milder winter days.

A slim close-fitting shape ensures the fabric makes good contact with the skin to it can do its job effectively. There’s a good amount of stretch in the material so it never feels restrictive.

Verdict

A well-priced performance base layer for cool days.

Price: £26.99
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Nice and lightweight, the Mavic base layer keeps the sweat off your skin.
Nice and lightweight, the Mavic base layer keeps the sweat off your skin.
What Mavic says:

Lightweight, close fitting, base layer with excellent moisture wicking

Perfect under a jersey for active moisture management or adding light thermal protection. The open fabric structure combined with the light stretch make this extremely comfortable and highly breathable.

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