Capo Limited Edition Windproof Wool base layer review

Awesome foundation for cold road rides

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Capo's Limited Edition Wool base layer combines two of our favorite things in winter cycling kit: merino wool and windproofing. Even with modern advances in textiles, merino remains one of our favorite winter base layer materials for its ability to maintain a surprisingly amount of warmth even when wet and its soft natural feel that won't irritate your skin. 

On top of that, Capo cover the entire front surface with their windproof Element4 laminate for an extra measure of protection. It's not as effective as putting the windproof surface on the outermost layer of clothing, but then again it's not as bulky, either, and doesn't cover up sponsor logos if you need a little extra warmth during a race and don't have the luxury of a matching team vest.

We did just that, in fact, donning the Capo base layer during a host of this season's colder cyclo-cross races where extra outerwear is generally a no-no and definitely got away with lighter-weight jerseys than we would have otherwise. Breathability through the front isn't quite as good as if the windproof layer wasn't there but again, pairing it with wool means you still stay warm.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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