Best Motorcycle Thermals and Base Layers

Beat the freeze with these toasty base layers

A rider pushing their bike in the snow

by Jim Blackstock |

Staying warm whilst on your bike is essential - being cold can be tiring and distracting, two things you don't want to have to battle while trying to concentrate on riding in tricky conditions.

Keeping warm is a case of layering. A winterproof jacket and trousers may be perfect for blocking out wind and rain, but it's essential to build a strong foundation by starting with a thermal base layer.

We recommend buying thermals that offer a close, snug fit as this will help trap warm air against the skin – keeping you warm in the wintery months.

In addition, look for thermal and base layers that are breathable and wick away moisture easily. There's no point putting on a waterproof shell if you're going to get wet from the inside out due to sweat.

Best winter thermals

Five heated areas to keep you warm and the ability to plug into a USB power-bank or even USB

X99 Electric Heated Vest

Tested by Dan Sutherland for one month, 700 miles. Quality 5/5 Value 4/5

Forcefield Tornado Advance Pants

"As someone who rides all year round as a commuter and for fun, quality base layers are incredibly important. Not only to keep me warm when the temperature dips into single digits, but also to keep me comfortable and focussed on the task at hand. Having tackled the bitter English winter on two wheels for the past 11 years on various machines, I’ve sampled my fair share of layers and although I’ve only been using these Tornado 2 pants for around a month, they are fast becoming my go-to favourites."

"In my time with these under trousers, the weather has ranged from beautiful 20-degree sunshine, to biting cold winds and heavy snow. Deciding what to wear has been a biker’s nightmare, but I have always made sure to have my trusty Tornado 2s underneath. Forcefield claim this product enjoys windproof, thermal, anti-bacterial, and fast drying properties. They also say they are lightweight and have a water-resistant rating of 8000mm. Although I’m yet to test their water-resistance, having only worn them under textile trousers on wet days, I’m inclined to believe all of the brand’s claims."

"Once on I don’t notice they’re there and they’ve provided an instant warming hug on the chilly morning commutes to the office. Once there, I’ve also left them on under my normal trousers and they’ve been totally fine – only getting slightly warm if I venture out for a brisk lunchtime walk. It might sound odd, but I also really like the colours and it’s nice to see underlayers that aren’t a single, dark block colour. They also tuck nicely in the legs of my leathers and under armoured jeans – meaning I can hop out of bulky textiles on cool days without having chilly pins. How they will fare as the temperature climbs remains to be seen."

Gerbing have recently given their flagship product a complete redesign, offering a better fit and

Gerbing MicroWirePRO Heated Premium Jacket Liner

Thick and quilted with three levels of heat (40°C, 50°C and 60°C) and can be powered by any USB

Rrtizan Heated Vest

This lightweight undersuit is perfect for wintery conditions, when its excellent thermal

EDZ Menu2019s Undersuit

These heated inner gloves sit nicely beneath your favourite bike gloves. They can be powered using

Keis Heated Inner Gloves

These base layers from British kit giant Oxford Products seemed to sneak onto the market like a

Oxford Advanced Base Layers

Read our full review of the Oxford Advanced base layers here.

Perfect for winter motorcycling, the MotoGP balaclava is a snug, super-comfort fit that will help

MotoGP Balaclava

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