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Your new best friend.

Your first layer needs to be selected with care, as it's able to become either your closest enemy or, we hope, your nearest friend. Opting for the latter is always what we strive for, but some base layers just don't quite perform as planned. You know as well as we do that several hours of intense riding in a bad base layer will ruin your ride, which is why this decision must not be taken lightly. Luckily, though, De Marchi's Contour Light Seamless Long Sleeve Base Layer lets us ride with confidence, knowing that our first layer is there to take good care of us along the way.

De Marchi constructed the Contour Light from its Dry3+ Extreme fabric. As De Marchi's quickest drying fabric, the Dry3+ Extreme is made from hollow polypropylene fiber that rapidly pulls moisture from your skin, moving it to the quick-drying outer layer. Supplementing this, the material's light and airy composition is also highly breathable, which keeps you cool and dry throughout your hardest efforts.

Conversely, this material also works to regulate your body's temperature in cooler conditions. And because Dry3+ Extreme's fiber blend incorporates just the right amount of Lycra, this base layer also provides slightly compressive, muscle-holding qualities. Accordingly, this directly translates to enveloped muscles that stay insulated and shielded from the cold. And in terms of fit, the paneling design of the Contour Light fits just as a long sleeve base layer should, gently holding and supporting your torso without any additional bulk or constriction.

The De Marchi Contour Light Seamless Long Sleeve Base Layer is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the color Black.

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4 5

It'll keep you warn.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I am eager to order my second base layer. Yeah!, I agree that it could be softer, but I only wear it against my bear skin and it has not caused any unusual itching. More Importantly though, it is a warm cold barrier and fits close so close to your skin you forget you are wearing it.

1 5

Not even close to Craft in quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Agree with previous reviewer. Was very disappointed in this base layer. Super itchy and uncomfortable, staticky material. Not nearly as warm or comfortable as the similar looking Craft version. Think I am sticking to Craft and Gore for base layers. DeMarchi makes nice summer gear but I don't trust them for cold weather gear after trying this base layer.

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I am sorry but this is my 'go to' base layer when it is cold. It lasts forever and should be worn over a thinner base layer on cold days. This combo will give you jersey and jacket flexibility you ordinarily wouldn't have. I've had no itch issues when I didn't double it up though, so, maybe it is a personal issue. I just hope they keep putting my size on sale!

2 5

Itchy and tight

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This thing looks like the craft version but it not nearly as comfortable. Itchy and tight feeling, not a good fit for me at least. Back to craft for me.