Product review: Frankly baselayer
Leathers, jackets & suits
13 March 2012 12:05
Frankly baselayer, £59
Miles covered/time: 1500/three months
What’s good: Manufacturers of baselayers (or thermals to you and me) often spout the most dreadful techno tosh to sell their wares without confronting the horrible truth: they make you stink.
They may well be warm, but by the time you've pushed the bike out of the garage in your winter kit you're humming like a tramp. These new thermals are refreshingly low on bluster, and claim to avoid the smell problem by using a special mix of expensive Merino wool and cotton.
And – amazingly – it works. In the interests of scientific investigation I wore the top for three days running and besides keeping me warm, it did not smell – at all. It was weird – the T-shirt above started to whiff a bit, but the thermal didn't.
What’s not: It’s a touch pricey.