Long Sleeve Merino base layers?
Anyone seen any ok deals on them recently? Will be commuting to work a lot more this year, and whilst I wear a howies one over a dri-fit right now (my preferred option, as merino on its own is too clammy) I reckon i’d be better off with a couple more, as they’re toasty.
Anyone found some good ones, as if not, i’ll go for Groundeffect.Posted 9 years agobonzodogMember
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Ive got two endura merino base layers and I don’t see what the fuss is about, they’re not as warm as my nylon helly hansen LIFA, they’re more expensive, you have to ride about in a wet base layer, and they still smell of sweat even after ive washed them. Oh and they’re not cut long enough so they ride up and they’re prone to shrinkage unless you wash them really cool which doesn’t get rid of the sweat.
Emperors new clothes.Posted 9 years ago
it’s not that comfortable riding in a top that’s soaked through!
well, if it’s at the same temperature as me I don’t notice.
you have to ride about in a wet base layer, and they still smell of sweat even after ive washed them
hmmm, you must have bought rubbish ones, mine doesn’t smell of sweat even though I only wash it every 3 months. I just hang it up to air after a ride. As for wetness, I fell full length in a river about 6 weeks ago, and was soaked to the skin, but it was still warm (despite 2° air temp)Posted 9 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
I’ve had the thinnest Icebreaker one for a few years now and reckon it’s great. However, although I’m a girlie, I do “perspire” so it does get a little damp but I don’t get cold. Can’t imagine how blokes would find the Icebreaker, could get sodden … and I’m not implying that some blokes sweat a lot 😉Posted 9 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Aldi in Lichfield had a load in yesterday. They felt a bit thick though, & certainly not as nice to touch as some others I’ve felt.
Aldi did two different merino tops recently. There was a thinner baselayer one and a thicker jersey type which I assume is the one you saw.Posted 9 years agosmorgieMember
I have a Howies one and an Endura one from Wiggle. Both good, both about the same thickness (thin). I’ve only worn the Endura one once but the Howies one has been worn over and over and never been anywhere near as smelly as the Helly stuff I have.
I personally don’t like putting sweat crusted stuff back on even if it doesn’t smell but my merino stuff doesn’t ever smell after the wash even in non-bio. Not sure what’s wrong with the ones Richyb has (or his washing machine.)
The Endura one with money off seems a good option to me (well it would do cos that why I bought one :-))
I got my Howies one in sale too, but their sales seem a bit poor these days.Posted 9 years ago
I personally don’t like putting sweat crusted stuff back on even if it doesn’t smell
a short while after you start riding it’s going to be sweaty again, so I don’t see why it matters, so long as it’s not smelly. As for ‘crusted’, my shirt is just as soft as when it was new…Posted 9 years agosmorgieMember
When I say crusted I mean that nice white salt powder that builds up when sweat drys………it isn’t a look I like (maybe I’m just more salty than most!)
Richyb – I soak my Helly stuff in milton for 5-10 mins then straight into the washing machine if I leave it lying around too long and the smell gets out of hand (i.e when returning from a snowboard trip.) It keeps the smell away for a bit, maybe it will work for your baa baa.Posted 9 years agoSinglespeedpunkMember
Icebreaker……. the rest are all imitations….. buy the orginal…. high quality but expensive!
Or Chocolate Fish which are made in the old IB factory as they moved all production to China and still call it NZ Merino! CF ones are cheaper, last longer (by a factor of about 12 so far in my experience!) and feel softer as they are “super fine” merino which is 18micron or smaller fibres.
SSPPosted 9 years agoMartynSSubscriber
i got a trekmates long sleeve merino from Go Outdoors in Stockport for Â£25, and very good it is to. Used it new years eve (-4ish) and on Saturday (just hovering above freezing) and it was really good.Posted 9 years ago
Best of all it hasn’t shrunk to the size of something the only a doll can wear like my craghoppers one did…gingerflashMember
“Ive got two endura merino base layers and I don’t see what the fuss is about,”
Nor me. i had the endura one and thought it was a bit rubbish. it got wet quickly and stayed wet; it wasn’t that warm once wet either. it took ages to dry after washing and still smelt, not a problem I’ve had with HH Lifa stuff or an ancient karrimor base layer. after about 6 rides, the buckles of the shoulder-straps on my endura tights made holes in the front of the top and I got a refund. I’ll be sticking to manmade fibres for the moment.Posted 9 years ago
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