Assos SkinFoil NS Summer Base Layer - Black


Why to buy: a sleeveless ASSOS skinFoil base layer is the ultimate secret weapon for outings on warmer days

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The Assos skinFoil summer base layer is one of the best kept secrets in cycling. Contrary to what you might think, wearing the right base layer on a warm day can be the difference between staying cool and comfortable in those testing final miles and ending up in a sweaty heap by the roadside.

This one is a stand out example: the skinFoil sleeveless base layer is highly breathable, for a start, and its mesh fabric, sleeveless deigns and v-cut neck help to boost airflow. Think of it as air conditioning you can wear!

The construction is seamless and the fit non-restrictive, meaning you'll find a whole new dimension in your jerseys that you may never have appreciated. It's tight fitting, and has been tested to destruction by Assos' famously 'Swiss' in house team, who leave no stone unturned.

The skinFoil base layer is at the heart of why Assos describe their products as 'Equipment, not clothing'.

Size Guide

Measure around the widest part of your chest, just under the arms.

Assos generally design their tops with performance in mind, so they can sometimes feel snugger than some other brands. If you're in doubt, go for one size up.

X-Small 31.4" / 80cm
Small 33.4" / 85cm
Medium 35.4" / 90cm
Large 37.7" / 96cm
X-Large 40.1" / 102cm
XX-Large 42.5" / 108cm

Tech Spec

  • Transport mesh fabric: increased breathability and improved perspiration managment
  • V-cut neck increases air flow
  • Super stretchy polypropylene blend for incredible comfort in a snug fit
  • Seamless tubular knitting technology
  • Unisex*

* Note: we only ever stock 'unisex' items when they are genuinely designed with both sexes in mind. This is one case where Assos have made a conscious decision to use the same product for men and women because it is so stretchy and lightweight that it made no sense to create two different fits.

Who's Behind It?

For many years now, ASSOS of Switzerland has been one of the most respected names in cycling. The only catch, from a female cycling perspective, was their notoriously... how would you say?... 'traditional' approach to marketing their women's kit.

But in 2016, everything changed. As they say themselves, it went 'from bad to badass'.

Gone was the risqué photography, in came strong imagery of strong women doing serious cycling. Their imagery and ethos now matches the exceptional quality of their clothing. It does justice to their 40 years of cycling experience and their true passion and expertise in what they produce.

As they sponsor their first women's pro team in 2018, Cyclance Pro Cycling, we have nothing but respect for how they have turned things around for female cyclists.

How did it start? In 1976, ASSOS was founded by Toni Maier with the first carbon fiber bicycle frame. Toni spent painstaking time testing the bike in the wind tunnel, but it eventually dawned on him that it was the riders' clothing that was the main cause of drag.

Toni naturally then turned his attention to kit - and promptly invented the first Lycra® cycling shorts. It's their bottom halves that they are still most recognised for. Fast forward to today, and ASSOS have now contributed to over 350 gold medals at world championships and Olympic games.

ASSOS works as hard as any brand we know with its suppliers and test team to produce fabrics and fits that make it - in our view - the Rolls Royce of cycling kit. They've been at the vanguard of many of the really big innovations that have shaped the evolution of cycling, including the first sublimation of a cycling jersey in 1980, the first elastic interface cycling short insert in 2001 and the 'fastest bodysuit on earth' in 2004.

Today, ASSOS has multiple sponsorships of World Tour teams and riders. It's a brand for the purist - for passionate cyclists who appreciate the very best. We're delighted to have them as part of the VeloVixen stable of great brands.

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