Best cycling base layers 2024: A buyer's guide

Our guide to cycling base layers, including long sleeve, short sleeve and sleeveless base layers, as well as what you should look for in terms of fit and materials

Best cycling base layers
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Cycling base layers are a fundamental part of any rider’s wardrobe but there’s more to this commonplace garment than initially meets the eye. 

Choose well and the right base layer will reward you with superior moisture management and temperature control. And as you know, keeping cool when it's hot and staying warm when it's not can really impact just how much you enjoy the ride.

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.