Base layers, tops and jackets
Proper moisture management starts with a good base layer. The Luxury Cropped Base by Women’s Property Freedom Machine checks all the boxes when it comes to versatility, durability and performance when wet. The company’s Better Than Skin fabric is luxuriously soft, yet silky, but has much more of a purpose than just feeling good against your skin: The elastic fabric also quickly wicks away sweat, which will help you stay dryness and comfort in challenging times.
Available in a sleeveless or long-sleeved version, this crop is cut so nicely and fits so comfortably, it’s hard to believe it was designed to be hidden under your kit.
Constructed with ultra-thin merino wool, this long-sleeved base layer feels so greedy, you’ll almost forget to wear it. This feeling of feather light is what makes this ideal for riding all year round.
Breathable but warm, light but resistant, this is anytime, anywhere, any type of base layer climate.
If you’re like me and sometimes prefer to ride in something more casual than a bike jersey, this long-sleeved shirt carries all the technical aspects you love about merino and polyester in a truly henley cut. It dries very quickly without sacrificing durability, either.
Once I drove this shirt on a bike ride and I swept it off on a loose gravel. My skin looked like it had taken a cheese grater, but Lory went completely unscathed. It’s expensive, but you pay for the quality. Use it as a layer when it’s really cold or bring it around for fresh spring walks.
Much like Velocio’s line of merino base layers, this short-sleeved jersey is made with ultra-thin merino wool. Soft, never protruding, this jersey is my favorite, both for its unpretentious look and for its versatility. The merino fabric is so thin, it’s practically transparent, but that’s exactly what makes this top so functional.
Wear it under a jacket for cold days, with some warmers for cool days, or just in the heat of summer. This is really a three season jersey.
This lightweight waterproof jacket is the Swiss Army knife for cycling jackets. When it gets moderately hot, but the sky threatens the rain, I feel confident wearing only a short-sleeved shirt and packing the Shakedry as my only extra layer. Considering this rain jacket packs up to the size of a small tennis ball, the heat-to-weight ratio is impressive.
The Gore-Tex ShakeDry fabric is not only 100% waterproof, but it is also entirely windproof and does an incredible job of capturing precious body heat without trapping moisture. Slam it on a windy peak, before a descent, or at the beginning of a rainstorm. This jacket is worth its weight of 3.4 ounces in gold.
There’s little point in riding when it’s 34 degrees and it’s raining, but with this soft rain jacket, those sad conditions are calm. Constructed with Polartec Neoshell fabric, this jacket is very suitable for the shape (seriously, one or two sizes) but elastic, breathable, warm, and of course, 100% waterproof.
Even on the coldest days, I don’t need to put much under this jacket to stay warm.
This is the emergency layer that I leave stowed on the bike at all times, no matter the season. Water and wind resistant, this wind shell weighs only 100g and packs small enough that I forgot to put it on my bike.
It doesn’t keep you exactly dry in a rainy season, but when you’re caught in a storm, this little jacket makes a big difference to staying warm.