Bicycle Line Skin base layer review£71.38

Superbly functioning, uncompromisingly tight winter wear

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You may not have heard of Italy's Bicycle Line, but the long-sleeve Skin is one of the comfiest and best fitting base layers we've tried.

It's extremely tight fitting, bordering on compression wear, with just two sizes available – XS/S/M and L/XL/XXL – to cover a range of builds. Despite this limited sizing, the fit is top notch and unrestrictive thanks to the super-stretchy fabric.

The polyester/elastane/carbon blend does a terrific job of transferring sweat away from the skin – just make sure you're wearing a breathable outer layer or there'll be nowhere for it to go.

The Skin also works well worn on its own under a windproof gilet, providing conditions are calm and dry. Bicycle Line don't have a UK or US distributor but they have stockists in Ireland (CycleSuperStore) and Canada (Arg Sports), both of whom ship worldwide.

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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