Rapha merino base layer review

Woollen comfort

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £50.00 RRP | USD $80.00
Rapha Merino Base Layer S/S

Our review

Soft, woollen temperature regulator that stays odour-free – but pricey
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Close cut with a slightly extended back, flatlock seams and raglan shoulders, Rapha’s super-fine merino top feels great, and putting the care label on the outside prevents irritation.


Our short-sleeve version gave some of the warmest skin temperatures in the climate chamber with very little heat escaping through to the outer surface of our jersey. It kept our core temperature remarkably consistent during and after moderate pedalling too.


On the downside, the wool holds more moisture than most synthetic options if you do overload it with sweat. Available in long sleeve (£55) and sleeveless (£45) versions too.

Product Specifications


Name Merino Base Layer S/S (10)
Brand Rapha

Description * Beautifully soft and itch-free. * Naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant. * Close fit with flat-locked stitching for comfort, seams positioned behind shoulders to avoid rub from bags or bib-shorts. * Short sleeves and sleeveless versions. * Washes beautifully.
Clothing Material Merino
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XS
Available Colours Black Cream
Sleeve Type Short-sleeved