I ride with lots of different people. Among other things, it is fascinating how many different kinds of gear choices riders make. Choices in safety gear are certainly interesting and are a debate that could go on forever. After that, it is usually choices for hot or cold riding that are paramount. For me, I hate being cold, so I always over dress a bit. I ride a lot and I am in fairly good condition. Therefore my body does not generate as much heat during casual riding. I don’t work as hard, so I wear more clothes.
That is a round about way to lead into today’s discussion, the base layer. Hot versus cold is certainly a consideration when choosing what to wear under your gear. But more important to me is comfort. I spend 100’s of hours a year in my riding gear. It absolutely has to be comfortable for me to wear it.
What surprises me is how many riders approach the base layer as if they had no idea how to dress themselves each morning. Most happened upon something to wear many years ago and are still wearing the exact pair of knee sock, shorts, skins or whatever. The bruises and raspberry marks on their knees show that their choices are not very comfortable either.
So maybe it is time to try something new. I have tried lots of different base layers over the years and have landed on what I think is the best all around choice; Cycle Gear’s Heat Out Long Johns. They are super comfortable. The lightweight material is super stretchy, it feels like you have nothing on. There is no waist band to bind under your pants and fanny pack. The material breathes very well. Knee braces ride very comfortably on them and don’t tend to move around.
Because the Heat Out material is so light and flexible. It requires a bit of care when pulling them on or the material will get damaged. But once on, they are great. I have a couple of pair that I have been wearing for over two years. So for a sub twenty dollar investment, they are a very good value. You should check them out.