Tested by: Carli Ann Smith

RRP: £40.00

Sizes available: XS-XXL

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More info: www.underarmour.com/shop/uk

I like to be wrapped up and warm, and tend to feel the cold easily, so the basis of any riding gear for me is always a good base layer. You may have seen the Under Armour logo on the Welsh rugby team, some hockey players, snowboarders or gymnasts – well you can add me to that list now. I’ve got the long-sleeved compression mock top and it’s great! Admittedly it’s a bit of a squeeze to get it on – it’s described on the website as ‘super-tight’, which I can vouch for…

The top has a ‘second skin’ feeling and is one of those items that you forget that you have on. It has a grippy hem at the bottom to prevent it from rolling up, and an extended body length, so your back doesn’t become exposed when tucked into a sporty bike. Its silky fabric meant that my riding jackets simply slipped on and off, and the top stayed in place rather than gathering at my elbows and shoulders. You’d think that being so tight, the hems and stitching would dig in – not in this top: There are hardly any seams but those which are there are smooth and unnoticeable.

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After talking with some athletic friends, they’ve told me they’re great to exercise in too as they wick away the moisture – I think I’ll leave that to them and just keep wearing it as a thermal on the bike…

Tony Carter

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