Winter Long Sleeved Women's cycling base layers

When the temperature starts to plummet, it's tempting to pull on a warm jacket, but a good winter base layer for cycling can make all the difference at a fraction of the cost. Whether you need it for winter road cycling, winter mountain biking, or commuting in the winter, base layers will help keep you warm, wick away sweat, and make sure you're comfy.

There are plenty available on the market, from merino base layers to those made of high-tech man-made performance fabric. We've gathered together 10 of the best winter cycling base layers for you, with options to suit all budgets.

Of course, when it starts to get really cold or the rain arrives, you'll still need a jacket, like the Giro Neo Rain Jacket.

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Merino women's cycling Base Layers

Merino base layers make a great choice for cyclists. Warm and cosy, they also wick sweat effectively. As the material has natural antimicrobial properties, you'll also find they tend to not get as stinky as other synthetic base layers.

1. Icebreaker Everyday Merino Crew Base Layer

Size: XS - XL

Price: £50

More info: Icebreaker

One of the most popular base layers out there, this gets rave reviews all over the internet. Versatile, it's perfect if you want a base layer that works as well for other sports or casual wear as for cycling.

2. Madison Isoler Merino Women's Cycling Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: UK8 to 16

Price: £44.99

More info: Madison

Like something a little brighter than the usual blacks and greys? We love the colour of the Isoler Base Layer from Madison, and the raglan cut sleeves will also help reduce the chance of shoulder chaffing from rucksacks.

3. Altura Merino Women's Long Sleeved Base Layer

Size: UK8 to 18

Price: £39.99

More info: Altura

A great garment at a very accessible price point. We loved the fit and the contrast stitching.

Review: Altura Merino Women's Long Sleeved Base Layer

4. Icebreaker Oasis Crew Merino Women's Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: XS - XL

Price: £80

More info: Icebreaker

This slim fit jersey was incredibly popular with our reviewer: "Suitable for both and warm weather conditions this top performs incredibly." Offset shoulder seams will prevent chaffing from rucksack straps, and it has a dropped tail at the back for good coverage.

Review: Icebreaker Oasis Crew Base Layer

4. Icebreaker Everyday Merino Crew Base Layer

Size: XS - XL

Price: £50

More info: Icebreaker

One of the most popular base layers out there, this gets rave reviews all over the internet. Versatile, it's perfect if you want a base layer that works as well for other sports or casual wear as for cycling.

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Technical Base Layers

All these base layers have a little something extra - a technical edge, which means more than just an extra warm layer.

5. Pearl Izumi Women's Transfer Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: S - L

Price: RRP £49.99

More info: Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi have worked on the cut of the panels of this base layer to ensure a snug anatomical fit that sits just right for cycling. Designed to wick sweat away, it's not just an extra layer in the cold, it will help keep you dry on warmer days too.

6. Gore Windstopper Base Layer Lady Thermo

Size: XS - XXL

Price: RRP £64

More info: Gore Bikewear

This isn't just a snug and warm layer, it's also got a Windstopper barrier across the front and shoulder area. It's ideal for road cycling on windy days, but bear in mind this means the top doesn't have much stretch to it, so you may need to go up a size.

7. Endura Transmission II Women's Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: XS - L

Price: RRP £25.99

More info: Endura

For £25 this base layer packs in the features, with body-mapped fabric for optimum fit and breathability.

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Technical Base Layers

Snug, fitted and the perfect next-to-skin layer for cycling on cold winter days.

8. dhb Corefit Plus Women's Long Sleeved Base Layer

Size: UK8 - 16

Price: RRP £24.99

More info: dhb

Another base layer that comes in sub-£25. Treated with Polygiene to resist odor build up, this fitted top also has a drop tail to keep your lower back covered when riding.

9. Helly Hanson Women's Dry Original Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: XS - XL

Price: RRP £30

More info: Helly Hansen

One of the most often seen jerseys out there, for any sports, the versatile and value-for-money Dry Original from Helly Hansen offers excellent wicking and quick drying properties.

10. Craft Active Extreme Women's Long Sleeve Base Layer

Size: XS - XL

Price: RRP £42

More info: Craft

Designed to keep you dry and fresh when exercising in cold weather, it's also lightweight and very stretchy.

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