Top 5 Base Layers for Motorcyclists

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Introduction

Depending on the season and your geographical location, a good base layer can prove invaluable - and extend your riding season by a good couple of months thanks to their ability to keep your core temperature balanced better than a regular cotton t-shirt. 

Each of these base layers are designed to fit reasonably snugly around the arms and torso, meaning they'll fit neatly under any jackets you have in your wardrobe. Many of them also have the added benefit of seamless or flat seam construction - meaning they won't chafe on longer rides, and they will stay comfortable for far longer. 

One of the great enemies of long-distance motorcycle riders is sweat, wearing all of the gear that's required to be as safe as possible can lead to excessive perspiration - which can leave a rider feeling downright nasty by the end of a long day in the saddle. These base layers all offer moisture wicking, to keep your skin dry and allow sweat to evaporate out through your jacket. 

This Top 5 is my own personal pick from what's available on eBay, they combine brand name recognition with the best materials and specifications you're likely to find anywhere.
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1. Dainese Evolution Warm Shirt

This shirt by Italian company Dainese is a leader in the genre. It uses seamless construction to ensure you won't have any chaffing points. It's made from a polypropylene fabric to improve breathability and keep you dry. It has special stretch areas on the shoulders and down the sleeves for a greater flexibility and it has an anti-bacterial treatment. 

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2. REV'IT! Oxygen LS Shirt

This shirt by REV'IT! can be ordered with a matching pair of trousers - potentially making it perfect for those who wear full leather race suits. It's made using seamless in 3D round knit technology and has a 3D airvent zone in the front chest, insulation guards in the elbows and side waist, a climate control unit on the back, airvent zones in the armpits, moisture wicking, and an antibacterial finish. 

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3. Alpinestars Summer Tech Long Sleeve Top

The Alpinestars Summer Tech Long Sleeve Top is favoured by a number of professional riders, and not just because they're sponsored by the brand. It's designed to be 60% lighter than cotton, it's also hypoallergenic and anti-static. It has a muscle supporting compression fit, ergonomic flat lock seams to reduce chaffing, moisture wicking technology and it comes with matching trousers - typically available separately. 

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4. Forcefield Base Layer Shirt

The Forcefield Base Layer Shirt is a newer addition to the base layer genre, it's made from BeCool™ - a polyamide fibre with integrated airflow control to maintain even body temperature even during times of higher physical exertion. It also uses flat seam construction, reinforced panels, it's antibacterial and it feels soft and silky to the touch. 

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5. Fly Racing Thermal

The Fly Racing Thermal has a slightly looser fit for those who aren't keen on tight, formfitting clothing. It's made from a soft waffle-rib 60% cotton, 40% polyester mix with a flat rib collar and cuffs, and reinforced cover stitching on the armhole, side seam and cuffs. 

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WRITTEN BY:  silodrome
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