• Lightweight 3D mesh fabric is 100% microfibre polyester for minimal moisture absorption
• Hydrophilic outer layer
• Neck, arm holes and hem are lined for additional comfort
• Stretch panels at hem
• Woven label
This Baselayer has a bit of a random history for a few reasons, starting with the fabric. It was actually originally used to make a super lightweight climber’s jersey for the Tour de France, Fabian Wegmann (a Garmin + Castelli racer on that years TdF) mentioned to Castelli he thought it would make an excellent base layer material – this is the first time that idea has become a reality. It is very lightweight and has excellent wicking properties, exactly what is required of a lightweight climber’s jersey AND also a base layer.
What was learnt while using it as a climbing jersey at the Tour de France was that it didn’t have very high longevity because of unstitching at the hems due to the very fact the fabric was so lightweight meaning it couldn’t hold the stitching adequately. The solution to this has been to create “false” hems, instead of folding over the edge of the material and sewing it down there are additional panels of material sewn on with double stitching where the fold of the hem would normally be. There are an additional two panels of more flexible fabric added into the hips to increase comfort and mobility while in the cycling position.
The pattern itself is taken from Stage 17 of the 2014 Vuelta Espana, David Millar’s final GT. Richard Pearce created a pattern from all of the data from David’s Garmin from that day: speed/cadence/heart rate/distance/etc. and created this graphic. The idea being that much like a gentlemen’s suit this internal layer would reveal a contrasting colour to the more subdued and classic exterior look much of the Chpt./// collection offers.
The 1.83 Baselayer utilises the pattern from the Onemorelap series of products using the ‘Finish Line’ Graphic of the Roubaix Velodrome.