If, like me, you aren't waiting for the "perfect" weather to ride you'll be surprised to find yourself ordering this 'base layer' again after using it on a 90-degree day. This base layer is a micro thin sweat wicking layer that allows your body to keep your core temperature lower. While it doesn't replace drinking massive amounts of fluid when the heat index is over a hundred degrees every little bit helps. I am 5'9' inches , 164 pounds and wear medium. My 5' 1"' wife who hikes a lot has two in size small. If you ride frequently having a second set is nice though I have hand washed mine and they dry almost instantly.
When the heat index is between 90-100 degrees you may not think of adding another layer until you try this base layer. Then you look for it each and every hot weather ride. This micro thin layer absorbs sweat and then the convection cooling that keeps your core temperature down is enhanced. I now have two of them even though they quickly dry after hand washing to get the salt off. I also bought them for my hiking wife. I am 5 feet nine inches tall and between 160 pounds. A medium size fits just
This is my third Craft lightweight/summer undershirt. They work great 70-100F, and I swear keep you just that little bit cooler or warmer. I also have a couple of the more insulating unders for cold weather and there is a marked difference in that these do not provide warmth under 50F.
Newbie to bib shorts - rode with jersey above and below bib strap for a year. Read reviews and bought one of these Craft undershirts this spring. Needless to say I am sold on the utility of the undershirt and have since bought a second to add to my rotation. A great addition to those riding bib shorts in warm weather. Medium works great for 6'1" and 175 lb guy.
I hesitantly ordered a size small at 5'9", 150 lbs based on other reviews. The fit is perfect--provides compression without being constrictive or uncomfortable. Have not worn it lately because of the blistering hot temps, but in early summer I did notice it helping my jersey to stay dry, which, I guess, is the whole point. I think it will be very useful this fall as a base layer.
I've ridden these a lot on rides where the temp goes well over 100ï¿½. Keeps you cooler than just a jersey, that's for sure. You wouldn't think they would but they do. You don't even notice that it's there except that you're cooler than without it. If I had to make a complaint, it's that sunscreen stains the neck after a while. But nobody ever sees these when you're riding so who cares, right? They go on sale every so often so keep an eye out.
Have used a warm-weather baselayer for a few years, Craft was the first brand I tried. The sale price made it a no-brainer I needed replacement. White does show some sweat stains (although not until several months of wearing it 2-3 times/week) so also bought a black one this time.
The difference in cooling effect between the new base layer and an well worn bade layer of the same garment was quite noticeable. Definitely felt cooler wearing this base layer. Comfortable, snug without being uncomfortable.
the main reason i got this was not because its designed to help you stay cool on hot days, but because on hot days i wear a Le Col Pro Air Nexus jersey which is basically a see thru mesh jersey. great for staying cool, but it leaves nothing to the imagination. adding this base layer allows for the benifit of breathablity while also making my jersy top less see through.
its super light and comfortable and i dont notice its even under my jersey which is a plus.
overall im happy with it.
This was a Daily Special, Looked like a great option for the hot days, but sounded kind of contradictory to wear additional layer on a hot day. I read the reviews and they were good. The price was good when offered for the daily deal. So I purchased the Crafts cool mesh base layer to try and I can say wow I am impressed it works great under your bike shirts they do not stick to you and the holes in fabric let your skin breath. I was so impressed I purchased another one when it was a daily deal again. Now on some cooler mornings about 70 degrees it adds a little warmth. I will buy one more when a deal again. It works great but the little bit of cloth is a lot of money for the full price.
Very lightweight, buy a size down if you are use to a Euro race fit...I usually wear a size large in euro tops, xlarge in Castelli baselayers, but a medium fit the bill here...the fabric is so stretchy and comfortable I probably could have fit the small...We had a two week hot and humid streak here in NYC and this performed admirably in providing a cooling effect on the bike...I bought a white and black one on sale with what I think was a 30% discount...A Win Win all the way around...
I can't tell if I need this thing. I've worn this and another Craft baselayer ten or so times in the heat, and on some days it has made me too hot, and on others it seemed to make me sweat more, and the sweat soaked the baselayer, which helped cool me down, but it feels like I'm dehydrated faster. On other days, I feel cool and this thing seems to work. The effect is different with different jerseys. Was I too hot without this baselayer? I don't think so. Best utility is for shoulder seasons, I think.
Great for everyday summer riding, you can unzip your jersey and not have your chest exposed and the light material helps in wicking and cooling. Also, great for traveling and be easily washed in a hotel sink and drys quickly, or you can roll it up in a dry towel and it ready to wear immediately.
Iï¿½m using this in the really hot weather weï¿½re experiencing, and for the most part, it helps to dissipate the sweat and cool my body. I think it would be better if it had no elastaine.
Bought this on sale but would buy full price. This is one of those pieces of gear you put on and forget because it is so good. Does the job in hot humid weather and great for indoor training. I also wear under work shirts to keep a sweaty cotton shirt off of me.
I use the Craft Cool Mesh on my MTB rides and on long E-MTB rides (exploring remote areas). I love the barrier and the ventilation it provides. I now have 4 of these to prevent laundry becoming an everyday event.
PROs - great ventilation, doesn't stick to my skin, no odor problems, I use the white ones so they are always cool.
CONs - A bit pricey for what it is, the laundry tag is enormous
I love this base layer. Haven't used it in the heat yet, but it's been in regular rotation for all but the coldest rides. Fit is good, if maybe on the big side. Size down if in doubt as it's very stretchy.