In the heat or cold, base layers are a great way to stay comfortable when out on the bike. In humid or warmer conditions, excess moisture on the skin can cause your core temperature to rise as your body tries to burn it off. The base layer you wear under your jersey or shirt manages moisture for your body. Base layers are also ideal in cold conditions. These insulating layers wick away sweat while the shell layer shields you from wind, rain and cold, a combination that helps keep you dry and warm.
Having a layer to wick the excess moisture away keeps your core temperature down and allows your body to focus its energy on more important tasks – like powering up a hill, pushing your functional threshold power (FTP) or even just simply reaching for a hand-up.
Base layers can be an important addition to your cycling wardrobe – especially for those of us in the Chicago area who deal with humidity. They can also provide relief to anyone doing indoor training where airflow is more restricted and your body is working extra hard to stay cool.
To help, we’ve brought in base layers from SockGuy and fancied them up with our Higher Gear logo. When you want to pull a typical Tour look and unzip your jersey, you can make sure you’re sending the right message.
SockGuy EliteTech Base Layers offer a super soft, next-to-skin fit with ultra-wicking performance. SockGuy developed fabrics specifically to be a lightweight moisture transfer system, keeping the next-to-skin surface driest and dramatically increasing evaporation rates. Combined with their Cool Comfort Construction techniques, the fit of EliteTech Base Layers optimizes moisture transfer without constricting movement or adding bulk.
Their Fusion long sleeve and short sleeve options offer the perfect fusion of SockGuy’s Classic and ProLite mesh fabrics. It combines a classic mesh for core thermal protection with smooth fitting underarm insets to release heat.
SockGuy’s sleeveless base layer is fabricated in their lighted material, ProLite. It features a super stretch open-mesh to provide superior ventilation and moisture transfer for high temps and indoor training.
SockGuy base layers make a great addition to your cycling wardrobe. They also make great gifts. Stop in to either Higher Gear location to get yours.