- How long could you wear Merino wool (tops) for?
wore my baabaa L/s in nz – often on its own in 20/30 degrees plus they do work well for wicking and keeping you cool as well as warm
I did roll sleves up
as for how long – i wore mine for 4 weeks every day without washing it to proove a point – it didnt smell – the fact ive still got a girlfriend is testiment to that – and she now believes in the power of merino !Posted 7 years ago
I've got 2 Howies tops one with long sleeves and a t-shirt I normally wear both with the long sleeve underneath then just the T-shirt come scorching days (UK rider so few and far between!) Both loose fit, Gutted as the T-shirt has a couple of holes and you can't buy the red one with large Howies logo any more and I really like that style.Posted 7 years ago
chakaping, I know, it does look like a great subject for a 1st April-nab however its not. It seems 'madness' but I love my merino's. If they wick well then surely the thinking is 'why not'? 'Baggy' as in – the looser-fitting it is, the more airflow around your body will also help?
Synthetic tops STINK in warmer weather for me 😕Posted 7 years agoAndyPaiceMember
I'm really impressed by the 150g/m2 icebreaker fabric. I have a long sleve and short sleve version and they are quite tough for such a thin fabric. Not very fast to dry but they are a lot warmer than synthetics when damp.
By far the best 'general riding' combo I have found so far is a skins compression top under either a 150g/m2 (or if cooler weather a 200g/m2) merino LS top. A very warm and comfy set up. wind or waterprrof shell over the top as required.
As for the baggyness, the wool will get wetted out from your sweat then will cool due to being out of contact with your skin. whether it will be any less comfy than a loose flappy synthetic I'm not sure.Posted 7 years agoaudiophileMember
Wore my Icebreaker for 2 weeks on the Pennine Way ( hiking, sorry ) and couldn't detect any smell. They do get very damp with sweat as they don't really wick, they manage moisture ( sorry but don't know the science behind this ). After 2 years of very heavy wear, the material has become very thin around the shoulders and back where my pack rubs and I managed to stick my thumb through it when taking it off. Still think it's one of the biggest bargains I've ever bought and will never go back to synthetics.Posted 7 years agohh45Member
i wore a 150 icebreaker to France last July and it was fine. Its all a bit cliched to say so but it didn't feel hot and sweaty even though it was high 20s and in the car etc. A cotton t shirt would have needed changing after 4-6 hours but because merino doesn't smell you don't start to worry half way through a day of overt sweating. They don't seem to get sodden like cotton can in extreme heat. I just wish I could wear Merino to work.
I've worn one for at 4-5 weeks of commuting (30 mins each way), with proper 4-6 hour weekend rides in between. A 2 wk skiing hol, incl both 9 hour flights was probably most intensive sweat fest ever imposed on mine though.Posted 7 years agorocky mountainMemberTi29erMember
I use the Seal Skinz Merino Wool ankle socks all year 'round. Perfect and never too hot.
I've worn HH SuperLifa wear tops non-stop for 6 days trekking on more than one occation without a problem. I might have smelt, but you can't smell your own BO, so what does it matter!Posted 7 years agoxherbivorexSubscriber
hora – Member
slightly O/T Phew only one mention of Howies on this thread
i'm surprised it took you that long to start whining about them again!Posted 7 years ago
tbh their merino stuff is probably one of the only things they do now that's still very good, and mostly it's worth the price too. although obviously better to wait for their sales…
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