I’ve been trying out the Gore Windstopper Turtleneck base layer for a few rides lately. Here it is:
Nice, zippered front for great adjustability.
The front, shoulders and arms are all made from a thin layer of windstopper–incredibly effective at stopping cold from getting to you, and yet super-breathable like all of the windstopper items I’ve tried.
The armpits and back feature a breathable, non-windstopper mesh for even better ventilation.
From a function perspective, this is a great piece of kit. When I last wore it, the temp was about 30 degrees, sunny, and light wind. I wore this under a winter jersey, and nothing else…I was super-comfortable. When I was working hard, I unzipped the jersey and the collar of the base layer a bit, and when I was cooling off, I zipped back up. Great temperature regulation. I didn’t have any issues with moisture buildup, even though I was working pretty hard, and sweating pretty hard–it’s highly breathable.
Regular readers know how fond I am of the Windstopper Singlet. This is the singlet, with arms, a zipper and a higher collar. The singlet is perfect for spring/fall use, and this is perfect for winter use. I firmly believe that the base layer is one of the most critical layers of clothing. If you have a great outer layer and wear cotton under it, you’ll get soaked, and then cold. A good, wicking, windproof base layer goes a long ways towards rider comfort.
A note on sizing. I’m normally a medium in just about everything I wear in Gore…and the base layer is pretty stretchy…but in this case, I’m wearing a Large. It fits perfectly, has great arm length, and is sized ideally. If you can try on the base layer before ordering (such as by going to a great shop like North Central Cyclery), do so. If you cannot try it on, look carefully at the sizing. Had I ordered this, I probably would have ordered a medium, and it would have been very snug. The large is the better option for me, in this instance.
Anyhow, great kit, highly recommended. Here it is in action, under a winter jersey: