Howies Vail Merino Wool T-shirt
From: Howies www.howies.co.uk
Tested: On several planes, trains and automobiles
Some things are obviously good value for money. Some things need a little more contemplation before their value becomes clear. The Howies Vail T is a ‘normal’ T-shirt made from thin merino wool. Merino is well known for being able to absorb moisture without feeling wet, and for shrugging off smells. It also feels comfortable next to the skin, unlike scratchy wool jumpers of old.
Firstly, you can layer it up with more technical clothing (using it as a base layer) but still not look too gimpish in it in the pub afterwards. It makes a great ride top on its own as well. It should last for years (as long as the boil-wash option isn’t chosen) the quality of the garment’s construction can’t be knocked.
Secondly, you can wear it A LOT without stinking. Under the arc lighting of the Eurobike Trade Show, while Chipps smelled sweetly in his Howies Vail, I needed three cotton T-shirts a day to keep vaguely sociable.
Overall: The Vail is a great garment for continual wearing on any multi-day adventure. It comes in a really nice grey marl with blue neckline colour scheme too.