- Merino: hmmm
- Anna BMember
Also love my icebreaker, also 3 yrs old, warmest thing I have to cycle in. Don’t think I’ve ever cycled in the rain in it though, without waterproof. It has developed some random holes though, and I bought another one to wear to work, washed it and it shrank – not so good. Might buy another, might not! Not sure I’ve washed the three year old one…. 😯Posted 5 years agoKPHCMember
Have dhb long sleeve and rapha sort sleeve, also sock guy socks. I’m sold on merino, super warm, super comfy (from a wool hater too) and super un-smelly (can wear it for a week of commuting with no pong at all).
Dhb great value for money, rapha is just that bit softer and better fitting. Not much in it thoughPosted 5 years agodruidhMember
The emperors new base layer I’m afraid. I flirted with it (very) briefly and quickly came to the conclusion that it soaked out too much and took too long to dry and so was rubbish for the multi-day trips where the anti-pong properties would have been useful.
Not so bad if woven in with something else (e.g. Ground Effect Submerino, some Helly Hansen mixes).Posted 5 years agojimjamMember
I’ve been switching between my icebraker merino base layer and my various synthetic ones with my Endura Helium. I was slowly starting to think my Altura winter baselayer was better than the merino job until I stuck the merino on again for a 4hour ride in close to zero degrees with a serious windchill.
The icebreaker merino felt warmer very soon into the ride and shortly thereafter I’d forgotten about it. I then wore it on Monday passed – nearly 3 hours in the driving rain, gale force wind, on top of a mountain, miserable conditions. I was wearing my merino icebreaker with an Endura Helium jacket, nothing else up top and my upper body felt pretty much spot on despite being soaked. My lower half with synthetic liner shorts and Endura MT500 spray baggies were soaked, cold and saturated. Freezing in fact. Each to their own.Posted 5 years agohh45Member
I actually do think Merino is a miracle product. I have 5 Merino baselayers from Howies and IB and only the 250 micron IB is not a total success. They are all over 3 yrs old though so I can’t comment on the latest of theirs.
I also have merino socks by Sportwool and De Feet and a Howies merino T shirt and they are all great as well.
I feel the cold badly but don’t like being sweaty either and it just seems to cope with a range of temperatures and work levels better than anything else. How anyone can prefer a Helly Hansen or other artificial product beats me but each to their own. Its a free world but you are missing out!Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
I get on fine with 3 different brands of merino socks but the old icebreaker and the new icebreaker are useless on the bike.
The long sleeve Bontrager ‘race’ thermal 100% polyester mid-weight top I recently bought is the biz. I have an old Endura made of similar material but its a bit heavier (which will be used in sub zero conditions around here) but the number of rides that have been spoilt in summer and winter from soaking wet merino Icebreakers had to end. They are great for next to the skin at work or just faffing about where you know you won’t be breaking a sweat (nice easy ride in sub zero conditions?) but I won’t be putting them on for any brisk rides in the future.
If I had bought them in 2012 I’d have nominated them as the worst purchase of 2012 on that other thread. I feel like I’ve been sold an Ion band having bought merino baselayers for cycling. Well done to those that convinced me! This is something I’ll look back on in many years and think wtf went wrong there.Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
I feel the cold badly but don’t like being sweaty either and it just seems to cope with a range of temperatures and work levels better than anything else. How anyone can prefer a Helly Hansen or other artificial product beats me but each to their own. Its a free world but you are missing out!
Try one of those Bonty race ls thermals and get back to me after a frosty one. The cut (hugging very well next to the skin down my entire back) makes quite a difference. None of the snug Icebreakers hug me like this. Even if they did.. it’d be soaking wet :O)Posted 5 years agotomdSubscriber
I have a Howies merino top from 2005 which is still going strong as my “go to” thermal, although it probably thinner that it was. Cost per use it’s the best item of clothing I’ve ever bought. I also have a Rab MeCo merino mix top that has been excellent. I wash both these tops with other stuff and they’re both fine. I have an Ice Breaker top from a couple of years ago which seems to have turned scratchy with age and doesn’t seem to be lasting half as well as the Howies or the Rab. I guess this might be the downside of merino, you just don’t know what you’re getting.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I really like it – I suffer badly in the cold but merino works very well, I find it dries out quickly. Most of my base layers are Rapha – some of the mid-weight ones and also a very thin one whihc I tend to use in summer or for track use.
Wanted one of their thick winter ones but they’ve sold out. 🙁Posted 5 years ago
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