This base layer is designed for lower temperatures, but even though it’s intended for cooler conditions, it doesn’t have any obvious thermal properties.
Its first outing was on a fast-paced but short ride in around 10 to 13 degrees and it had me venting my jersey as it kept the heat in well. The base layer wicked moisture effectively, though, and the jersey (a little too heavy for the conditions) was the main culprit for overheating. The base layer also never felt clammy or soaked in sweat, meaning I stayed comfortable even though I was working reasonably hard.
One subsequent outing saw it paired with Oneten’s Alpha Winter Jacket and their Element Gilet on a frosty morning. I was initially sceptical as to whether I’d be warm enough when I walked out the door, but even riding at an easy pace I was impressed with the warmth and effective wicking from the baselayer. Good all-round performance from nearly freezing up into double figure temperatures – the type of conditions we can experience a lot in spring and autumn.
Looks-wise it’s pretty simple, and the only notable feature is the mesh panel on the back to improve wicking but it also adds an element of stretch that’s useful when climbing or sprinting as it allows the base layer to move comfortably. Although fit is close, as you’d expect, I didn’t have any issues with it feeling constrictive or rubbing under the arms.
As the base layer is made from a polyester fabric, it can get pretty stinky post-ride, but that’s not noticeable. It washed well throughout our test, and has kept both its shape and colour so far after multiple runs through the washing machine.
I’ve been impressed with the versatility of the Oneten base layer, and it does its job effectively in a fairly wide range of temperatures, meaning it should get plenty of use. Plus at £20, it’s not going to break the bank.