Road Cycling Clothing

Review: Odlo Evolution X-Light Base Layer

I’ve gone from thinking a base layer was an unnecessary luxury to being unable to dress for riding without it, the Odlo Evolution X-Light Base Layer is a wardrobe staple whatever the conditions.


10 of the Best Windproof Cycling Jackets for Women

A wonderfully light base layer, the Odlo Evolution X-Light is so barely there, I would often forget I was wearing it. Weighing just 66g, it’s not hard to see why.

And I found it worked as well on hot sunny days as a layer to wick away sweat as it did on chillier rides to add a layer of cosiness – in fact, whatever the conditions, I’ve used this as my starting point and built my outfit up from it.

Extremely comfortable against the skin, the Odlo Evolution X-Light is seamless on the sides as it’s made using what they describe as ‘3D circular knitting technology’, essentially a tube, then the sleeves are flat hemmed on (and care instructions are printed directly onto the material) so there’s nothing to rub or chafe .

The Odlo Evolution X-Light has an ergonomic fit and panels of subtle mesh under the breasts, down the spine and across the lower back. They’re not hugely noticeable when you’re wearing it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It’s available in three colours (red, yellow and white) and the only negative thing I can find to say about this excellent top is that the white, despite always being worn under a jersey, is really hard to keep clean.


–        Very lightweight

–        No seams or labels to rub

–        Very breathable material


–        None

Price: £31.50 (RRP £35.00) available from Wiggle.

Liked this Odlo Evolution X-Light Base Layer Review? We think you will also like these:

Cycle in the Pink

Sneak Peek: Vulpine Women’s Autumn/Winter Range 2014

Review: Pendleton Initial Women’s Road Bike at Halfords


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.