The Long Sleeve Wool Base Layer – aka LSWBL – is our twist on a staple item of every cyclist's winter wardrobe. Sometimes we have no choice but to venture out when it's cold or wet, or worse, when it's cold and wet. That's when the LSWBL is dug out from its summer hibernation.
"It's not often that bike wear is cool enough to wear in the cafe with jeans or good enough to wear to the summit of Everest but that's what the LSWBL can do. Over the last 2 years, this garment has established itself as my go-to piece for almost everything, and that's before I even think of the bike."
- Kenton Cool, Mountaineer and British Mount Everest summit record holder
Our experience has proved that when it comes to winter base layers it’s hard to beat the benefits of good old-fashioned wool – but the problem with wool is that although it performs well under normal circumstances it doesn’t handle the requirements of high performance quite so well. For this reason, we have used a new technology – called NuYarn – essentially a nylon core wrapped with merino wool which makes up 15% of the overall material, for a comfier, stretchier, warmer and tougher than normal wool. The traditional downsides of wool, such as stretching and twisting with age, have been eradicated.
It's designed for cool weather riding and is to be worn directly against the skin where it works as a great wicking first layer. We've designed it more like a classic sweatshirt than a tech piece and added design details that enable it to be worn off the bike as well as on it. The cut is close-to-body but not skin tight, after all, it's too good to be used just for cycling.
Cut so it can be worn off the bike, we recommend going down a size if you intend to use it solely as a cycling base layer, otherwise take your normal size and permit yourself to wear it with a pair of jeans, it’s so good it deserves to be used all the time, on and off the bike.
CHPT3 bespoke clothing uses a tailoring system for its sizes. We use the physical chest or waist size as the garment size - If you have a 40" chest you need a 40" Jersey - Please note while the CHPT3 range is not designed for racing it is still a close-fitting athletic design suitable for active cyclists.
It is designed for two uses, and with that comes two sizes, pure performance downsize e.g. if 40" is your chest measurement (A) then you will need a 39" for as a pure performance base layer. If on the other hand, you would like to wear it on AND off the bike then we recommend you upsize one e.g. if 40" is your chest measurement (A) then we recommend you wear a 41".