PAS Normal Studios Thermal Long Sleeve Windproof Base Layer review

It’s innovative and it costs less, is it any good?

PAS Normal Studios Thermal Long Sleeve Windproof Base Layer
(Image: © Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The PAS Normal Thermal Long Sleeve Windproof Base Layer is a well-designed piece that already would have gotten my praise. The openings for helmet straps integrated into the hood though, that's genius. Undercutting both Rapha and Assos a bit on price is merely a bonus.


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    Hood is sleek and form fitting

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    Helmet strap cuts in the neck portion

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    All the benefits of merino wool

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    Price undercuts alternatives


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    Windstop front reduces breathability

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Rain or shine, warm or cold, a base layer is what every solid layering system should start with. Still, while it's important in the summer, it's really the winter when the right base layer is vitally important. Choose right and you can extend summer gear deeper into the cold months or add another layer when you've got every piece of clothing you own layered on top. Whatever your need, there are a lot of options. For that reason, we've got a solid lineup across a wide range of uses in our best cycling base layers buyers guide. 

One, less common, class of base layer is the integrated deep winter design. The idea is to integrate needs that often require multiple pieces of gear and it's a style that I tend to search out for my coldest winter rides. PAS Normal has a new entry into this category called the Thermal Long Sleeve Windproof base layer and I had a chance to put it to the test. Not only that but as luck would have it, I had my hands on this piece during an atmospheric river. With winds high and rain dumping down, I settled in for some testing. Keep reading to see what I liked, or didn't like, about this new PAS Normal base layer. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Design and aestheticsSeemingly simple but the details have been well thought through. 10/10
Thermal managementPower Wool does a great job regulating across a wide range of conditions as does the option to fold the hood up or down. Adding windstop is a mistake though.8/10
Next to skin feelPower Wool seems to work well for regulation but it does feel like wool next to your skin. It’s not bad but I do have other options I prefer.8/10
Comfort and fitPerfect sizing and fitted without a constrictive feeling.10/10
ValueBetter than Assos and Rapha but there are better values out there. 8/10
OverallRow 5 - Cell 1 88%

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx