Why You Need to Wear a Summer Base Layer

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Le Tour De France 2019 had everything: huge climbs, massive attacks, breathtaking sprints and record breaking temperatures. As the sun bore down on the riders and the jerseys began to unzip we could only notice one thing, base layers. Gone is the logic that less layers are better in warmer temperatures. It is clear that pro teams have realised the benefit of having the correct foundation for their race-day attire. 


So what’s the science behind it all? What’s it all ‘based’ on?


Sweat that accumulates on your skin needs to be removed, by a process called wicking. This allows you to regulate your body temperature and remove moisture from your skin. In this modern age of marginal gains, jersey fabrics have been formed to do a wide array of things: look aesthetically pleasing, be aerodynamic and regulate temperature too. But, in the design process they often overlook this essential wicking functionality and the importance of comfort. A dedicated next-to-skin layer, however, that focuses solely on wicking is extremely beneficial and it is clear that the pro circuit has recognised this. 


At Megmeister, we specialise in next to skin technology and have spent years perfecting the base layer. Our DRYNAMO technology was built to provide the ultimate in thermo regulation and wicking technology. The fabric moves sweat away from the skin rather than absorbing it and uses zoned ventilation areas which have been printed to specific areas on the garment where riders are likely to sweat and generate the most heat.


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