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Oxford Advanced Base Layer review

When riding in extreme conditions it's good to have your layers right - especially when the extremes run in both directions
Our price: £24.99 View full details

Customer rating:

4.7 (19)

Review Conditions
Motorcycle: Aprilia Tuareg 660
Seasons Ridden: Summer, autumn, winter

For a riding adventure in Patagonia I expected to see weather conditions ranging from near-freezing to a balmy 30°C and encounter the infamous Patagonian wind that can reach speeds of 100mph and blow motorcycles over.

My answer to this was to take a variety of lightweight layers, including a heated jacket, so I could add or take layers off as the weather changed.

A base layer is the one worn nearest the skin and I choose them for their comfort and tight fit, their ability to wick moisture away and preferably some feature that means they don’t get too smelly too quickly.

For this trip I took the Oxford Advanced Base layer, which fits closely and is very comfortable with seamless construction.

Oxford’s spec says the garment wicks away moisture and I never felt wet and uncomfortable, even on 30°C days while stood on the pegs and manoeuvring a Triumph Tiger 900 around on gravel roads, some of which required a lot of physical activity.

Oxford don’t say if the top has anti-bacterial properties to reduce the smell that comes from sweat and bacteria, though I presume the ability to wick away sweat will help with this and from my experience it didn’t get too smelly too quickly.

In conclusion this is a comfortable base that is a close fit, so my next layers will fit easily over it. It wicks away sweat to regulate my temperature and it can be easily washed while on a trip, in a hotel sink, and left to dry overnight. 

I am sure this base layer, which is also competitively priced at £24.99 at the time of writing, will go with me on many future adventures.