The latest instalment in my series of winter base layer reviews is the Winter LS skin layer from Swiss manufacturer Assos. Assos makes some of the most technical cycling kits in the game and the brand’s website states that over its forty-four-year lifespan, athletes wearing Assos equipment have claimed over 400 hundred World Championship and Olympic medals.
The Assos base layer range is 16 pieces strong, and the LS Winter skin layer is one of nine long-sleeve base layers in the range. In the long sleeve winter category, it sits underneath the Ultraz Winter LS Skin layer and the GTO Winter LS DermaSensor Base Layer.
The LS skin layer is priced at £90 / $115 / €105. Assos claims the LS skin layer is tuned for winter with a thicker ‘knit’ weight, a taller collar, and more stretch than the lighter weight long sleeve /spring/autumn offering the Spring / Fall LS skin layer. There’s also what Assos call a seamless construction which we will get into further in the review.
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Specification: Assos Winter LS Skin layer
Price: £90 / $115 / €105
Material: 91%Polypropelene 6%Elastane 3%CF XX
Available sizes: O, I,II, III
Design and Aesthetics
As mentioned the LS Skin layer is a long-sleeve base layer, with a raised neck and comes in black only. It features a rubber Assos roundel logo on the middle of the chest and a blue line running down the centre of the torso. There is also a 3/3 Clima Code logo on the rear of the neck, this signifies the piece is part of the Assos winter range.
Manufactured in Italy, the LS is comprised of 91% Polypropylene, 6% Elastane and 3% carbon fibre yarns. There aren’t any interior labels, with composition and wash instructions printed onto the bottom hem of the base layers which adds to the aforementioned comfort factor.
The torso is one tubular piece of material with the arms and raised neck stitched on, you can also see where the blue torso line (which is purely aesthetic) is stitched down the front, and that’s it. Assos calls this the circular seamless construction and it’s meant to promote a full range of movement under winter layers.
The LS skin layer looks stylish with its black and blue accents. It’s a dark black, certainly darker than the Albion Long Sleeve Merino base layer I reviewed recently and just looks…
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