A comfortable, high performance base layer, with the open mesh fabric helping to ensure good airflow in hotter conditions.
Open weave for good airflow
Lots of stretch
No dropped tail, which would give extra rear coverage when riding
By Paul Norman published
The Endura Fishnet base layer is a proper string vest style cycling undergarment. It’s the only summer base layer we’ve tested which has spaces between the ribbed parts of the fabric, all the others with an open weave pattern having a thin layer of fabric covering the holes.
The more open structure of the Endura Fishnet base layer leads to really good airflow through the mesh, so it’s comfortable even in very warm conditions. I’ve also worn it under a Gabba-style jersey, where it copes well with the lower airflow and tendency to perspiration and clamminess that this can cause. The mix of nylon with 9% elastane and 3% polyester is not prone to dampness and does a good job of wicking sweat away from the skin.
It’s only the front and rear panels of the Endura Fishnet base layer that are made of the open mesh; the side panels are woven in a closed knit. But the Endura Fishnet base layer is completely seamless through the body, with the transition between the open and closed fabric sections absolutely smooth.
There are just a couple of flatlocked seams in the shoulders and a flat seam at the bottom hem, holding the base layer together. There’s a lot of stretch in the fabric, so it fits closely for good skin contact and effective moisture management. This makes it very comfortable under tighter fitting jerseys and means that it will cope with a wide range of body shapes.
Endura makes the Fishnet in just two sizes: S/M and L/XL, reflecting the flexible, stretchy fit. There are black and white options. There’s good length and the stretch means that you can pull the Endura Fishnet base layer down to get overlap with your shorts. But unlike some base layers, there’s no extra drop to the tail to accommodate the cycling position.
Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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