A quality base layer is a vital layer in your defence against the conditions, especially with the variable weather at this time of year. The Specialized Short Sleeve base layer is quick drying, highly breathable and fits really nicely.
It’s available in five sizes from small to XL, so getting a good fit isn’t a problem. It definitely comes up small – I tested a medium – compared to other clothing brands, so it might be worth going up a size if you’re not sure.
That tight fit means the polyester fabric wraps the skin and can wick sweat quickly away. There’s a dose of spandex in the material which provides a reasonable degree of stretch. It’s comfortable next to the skin, and the seams have been cleverly placed around the back to avoid irritation.
It’s a good deal warmer and more comfortable on the bike than the Mavic Echelon base layer I recently reviewed. The high stretch of the fabric and the snugness ensures it doesn’t move around on your body, and the upshot of the fit is the fabric is best disposed to wick sweat away from your skin. It’s not the warmest of base layer for this cold snap, but with a couple of layers over the top you’ll be just fine.
As we approach spring and summer, this base layer will be a top choice. Making it a good year-round option.
Well-priced and very versatile base layer good for year-round use.
What specialized says:
The Specialized 1st Layer Short Sleeve Base layer uses a smart blend of stretchable, hydrophobic yarns to enhance the performance and comfortable cycling top.