Had Baa-Baa, Helly hansen Lifa, and Patagonia over the years, none have really matched up to their claims, merino probably being the most over-hyped of the lot. The best i’ve tried came from The Mountain Warehouse, was called Tallus Parallel (or Parallel Tallus), and was being knocked out for £8 a go last time I looked.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
Got a couple of Howies merino baselayers and really like them. They do get moist but they do stay warm and keep you warmer than other materials.
However, I’ve been wearing Hely Hanson Lifa baselayers since the 80s and they are great. Polypropylene is great for warm and wicking but they don’t call them Smelly Hely’s for nothing!
I’ve got a Vaude merino/poly mix baselayer and its a good compromise between the two.
And finally while it is a compromise I always find in winter when I’m often riding in a waterproof and a baselayer you boil in the bag and get wet whatever you wear.Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
I only buy Craft baselayers now (which model depending on season/use), got rid of all my merino stuff (they really aren’t that good IMO). The only real plus point with merino seems to be you can wear it for weeks and not stink (much) but personally I always wash my kit after every ride so that wasn’t really a selling point for me.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Rab do a fabric called MeCo which is a mix of merino wool and a polyester with carbonised coconut husks integrated into the yarn. It’s expensive, but it works really nicely. Wicks and dries almost as fast as polyester but has all the anti-pong and comfortable feel of merino.
Otherwise I think it depends a lot on how sweaty you are. if you run cold and don’t sweat much, merino is ace, though expensive. If you run on the hot side, synthetics or a mix wick better and dry much faster.
Merino’s funny stuff, it works by absorbing more moisture than synthetics and holding it away from the skin so it stays comfortable, but beyond a certain point, it gets wet and takes ages to dry.
Everyone’s different, which is probably why opinions on different fabrics vary so much.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Have Helly, Falke, Icebreaker, and Odlo. Of that lot, Odlo is the one I go to the most, for skiing, MTBing, and spending long days out in the cold. Icebreaker merino is nice, but feels heavy, and only use when skiing in minus 30.
Will order a couple more Odlo tops soon.Posted 4 years agoSuggseySubscriber
I have an Endura Ba ba and agree with another poster that it is itchy against the skin compared to my old trusted original Howies three quarter zip base layer. the trick with the merino is to wear it with a super breathable jacket, my extreme winter combo is the Howies top pared with a Rab Generator Smock. Both will eventually wet out but you are talking after 4 odd hours at high intensity but also both will stay warm when wet.Posted 4 years ago
As for merino with any waterproof, I wouldnt bother and would say go with man made fibres.iaincSubscriber
I think Merino can be hit and miss. I have a Baa Baa which is ok, an old Howies NBL which is excellent and a couple of IceBreaker ones which are reasonable, although not as durable.
I have a Helly Warm, which is a mix of Merina and synthetic, which is head and shoulders above all the others in terms of warmth and not getting too soggy.
I also have a couple of dhb synthetic ones which are crap
I’ve alos got one of those PSA retro Kona ones that I’ve washed but never worn – anyone wanna buy it (L) ? 😛Posted 4 years ago
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