Sherpa Rinchen short sleeve base layer review

We’ve been testing the Rinchen base layer from UK outdoor brand Sherpa

Sherpa Rinchen short sleeve base layer
Cycling Weekly Verdict

You don’t always need to stick to cycling-specific brands to get a quality piece of kit that’s comfortable to ride in. The Sherpa Rinchen short sleeve base layer is a case in point. It’s soft, comfortable and well made. It’s not such a close fitting as some, making it useful off the bike too.

Reasons to buy
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    Good weight for cooler rides

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    Very soft fabric

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    Built in odour protection

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    Good value

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not as close a fit as many cycling-specific base layers

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A good quality base layer is a great start to keeping warm and comfortable when on the move. That’s true of most outdoor sports, not just cycling. So although the Sherpa Rinchen short sleeve base layer is billed as 'adventure gear' rather than being cycling specific, it nevertheless serves well as a cycling undergarment.

The Sherpa Rinchen short sleeve base layer is made of a soft, thin, synthetic fabric. It has flatlocked seams too, so it’s very comfortable to wear under a cycling jacket. Sherpa has built in underarm panels so that the fit is good, although it’s not quite as tight as many cycling base layers. Nevertheless, it fits well under a cycling jacket or jersey and the tail is long enough to avoid cold spots on the back when riding. There’s nine per cent Spandex in the weave, so there’s plenty of stretch.

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