- Recommend me a Merino Baselayer
Smartwool Merino LS on offer £19 reduced from £40…..Posted 7 years agoDezBSubscriber
You won’t regret it!Posted 7 years ago
I had a BaaBaa and it was much too short in the body.
None of them – merino gets wet which is bad news when you have an accident and are lying there getting cold because of it. I bought my wife some icebreaker tops and she won’t wear them now as she was continually getting hot then cold – not much better than a cotton t-shirt.
Just get some HH Lifas…Posted 7 years agocpSubscriber
Andrew Drummond – almost exactly the opposite to how I feel about merino. My two howies (one t-shirt and one long sleeve polo) both a the least-wet feeling thing when I’m biking or just hot on a summers (!) day, dry off super quick and keep a steady temperature throughout. Maybe it depends on the quality/weight?Posted 7 years ago
Owned my first Icebreaker from 1999 to date (it has a couple of tiny holes but who cares?) and its been used every winter without fail from riding to wearing underneath. Bought another last winter but the cost means nothing.
Icebreaker for people who are very tight but understand longevity/performance versus longterm benefit.Posted 7 years agoiwluapSubscriber
Merino rocks. Wouldn’t ride in anything else (well shorts and shoes obvioulsy).
Can’t see past Finisterre for base layers http://www.finisterreuk.com/technicalsurfapparel/mens/eddy-base-layer-10/11-p157-c37.htmlPosted 7 years ago
so I was skiing with some Merino fanatics who also did a lot of hill/mountain climbing. I asked them if their merino tops where wet when they reached the top of the hill and they said yes, but they dry out once you take your jacket off.
If you had a fall at the top of the hill and were lying in a gully waiting for help, a wet top is not going to do you much good.Posted 7 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
AndrewDrummond – have a read about the working temperature of Merino and how it effects the body temperature when wet. It’s completely different to the way you’d judge synthetic or cotton fibre.
However, I would say that if they were wet through sweat, then they’re probably wearing the wrong thickness of Merino. Merino wicks very well (I haven’t seen figures comparing it directly, but I seem to recall that density of weave and fineness of fibre made more difference than wool v synthetic). I was careful to swap like-for-like when going from capilene to merino.
Another upside is that wool isn’t flammable. I have fires when wild camping, woodburning heating when on campsites in winter and small woodburning cooking stoves for backpacking.
Downsides to Merino are cost (in some cases), fragility, washing care and allergies in some (although the same can be said for synthetic).Posted 7 years ago
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