As a biker, outdoors writer and travel journalist, for the past, umm, lots of years I have reviewed product for magazines, from climbing boots to rucksacks to tents and cooking utensils…
Yes, and base layers, lots of them, both short and long-sleeved versions, crews and half zips. Oh, mustn’t forget the materials… polyester and polyester mix, pure Merino wool (wonderful), wool mixes, bamboo fibres, synthetics, silk, all effective at moderating body temperature, wicking away moisture and allowing sweat to evaporate through the fabric. All of that comes at a cost; sometimes you have to dig deep for what you really yearn for.At this time of year many a biker has their bike(s) housed in the garage, under a duvet, on trickle charge, ready for the spring. Nice and cosy. But for those that either like to, or have to, ride through the cold winter months on a daily commute, what best to wear? Layering up is the ideal solution, with the next-to-skin layer next to the body, obviously. I have a few base layers lying around, but none with a high enough neckline to suit my needs, which is where a Buff or similar comes in useful.
Then, every once in a while, a new base layer comes along, one that is worth investigating, particularly when one bears in the mind the cost. Can this be true? An appropriate base layer that costs under £20? Time to try.
Receka is a new name to me, a name, to my mind, which deserves recognition for what has proved to be its excellent long sleeve base layer, manufactured from a supportive Lycra fleece fabric. According to Receka, the top was originally designed to be worn under one- and two-piece motorcycle leathers, but has since caught on with those involved in other sporting activities, including hiking, which is where I came in all those years ago.
In essence, the Lycra fleece fibres on the rear of the fabric create an air pocket so warm air can be trapped between the skin and fabric, keeping the wearer warmer. Conversely, in warmer weather moisture is transported from the surface of the skin via the raised Lycra fibres to the outer section of the fabric which then evaporates when in contact with air, helping the wearer stay cooler.
When Receka contacted me, I opted for an XL, which normally comes up like a second skin, well, really tight – I could term it an ‘athletic fit’ – but it helps my figure. It was suggested that I go up to a 2XL, just to be on the safe side. I’m glad I did, because the fit is perfect. The top has a really nice, high collar, the material is lightweight and soft, and hopefully will prove to be durable, making it perfect for all-day rides throughout the seasons. I opted for some particularly chilly days to check out the base layer. Well layered up, including a new Zeis heated vest, not once did I feel a chill through my leather jacket, and peeling of the layers once back home, I kept the Receka on around the house, washing the bike, and packing things away. Impressive indeed.
Do not be put off by the word ‘Lycra’. This is not a 100 per cent Lycra top, but a fleece fabric variant, guaranteeing warmth when you need it most.
The base layer weighs in at a mere 0.5kg, and sizing is Medium (38-40″/96-102cm), Large (40-42″/102-107cm), XL (44-46″/107-117cm), XXL (46-48″/117-122cm). And the cost… a mere £19.99, yep, £19.99. Grab yourself one… or two, you won’t be disappointed.
Receka has kindly created a discount code exclusively for the Bikers Nod audience! It’s BIKERNOD10 and will give 10 per cent off sales through the website www.receka.co.uk
Receka is also on all of the large selling platforms in order to give as much choice for customers as possible. Here are the links to the shops: