merino baselayer

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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Sweep » 12 Jan 2015, 9:34am

Well that's them off next year's christmas card list then :)

Look out for the next Aldi offer.

I have a 100 per cent merino short sleeve top from them - cost £15.

I was amazed how many times I could use it without it needing a wash.

I use it mostly for cycling around town as it feels so comfy and "breaths-off" so nicely when sat in the pub that i pretty much forget that I am in cycling gear.

It's also tough. I am in favour of spending good money on key cycling gear but sometimes more expensive kit, particularly with the rise of the MAMIL, is actually too finely made/too delicate.
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby simonineaston » 12 Jan 2015, 10:19am

I thought I'd reserve judgement about the itch factor until I'd worn/washed mine a couple of times and now that I have, I have to say that the merino garments I have which feel silky to the touch, itches very slightly when worn... the bamboo garments I bought at the same time, on the other hand. don't itch at all, but feel luvverrrly...
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby pedalsheep » 12 Jan 2015, 12:22pm

I agree with SimoninEaston about the luvverly feel of a bamboo base layer but mine start to pong a lot quicker than my merino ones do!
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby ferdinand » 12 Jan 2015, 12:31pm

I like my Merinos from Aldi so much I've a started using them for hiking too.

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Re: merino baselayer

Postby AlastairS » 12 Jan 2015, 12:36pm

Thanks All. Short sleeve versus long sleeve for cycling if you could only have one?

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Re: merino baselayer

Postby pedalsheep » 12 Jan 2015, 12:39pm

There is an excellent article on base layers here
http://thenextchallenge.org/comparison- ... materials/
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Sweep » 12 Jan 2015, 4:42pm

AlastairS wrote:Thanks All. Short sleeve versus long sleeve for cycling if you could only have one?

If pushed, probably short.

More versatile, easier to wash/dry.

Ifvit is especially nippy you could always put a heavier outer layer on. I use three layers in winter anyway, plus a fleecy buff if needed.
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Slow Loris » 12 Jan 2015, 5:13pm

Sweep wrote:
AlastairS wrote:Thanks All. Short sleeve versus long sleeve for cycling if you could only have one?

If pushed, probably short.


Just to confuse you – I'd have long :) .
I love merino and wear it all the time, but I don't own a short sleeve. I have several long sleeves of various thicknesses which I find very versatile from spring to winter – the thinnest (an Icebreaker) is still comfortable in UK summer and I can roll the sleeves up. In very hot weather, I just wear one of my cheapie cotton shirts which dry quickly and pack small for travelling. If I need something wicking, I wear a merino sleeveless or camisole top underneath. I should point out that these are somewhat more flattering if you're female :wink: .
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby AlastairS » 13 Jan 2015, 9:02am

I love merino and wear it all the time, but I don't own a short sleeve.

Do you think the dearer brands are worth paying for ?

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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Slow Loris » 13 Jan 2015, 9:48am

Yes - when they're discounted. I feel £30+ for a top is ridiculous so I wait for deals to come up. The ones I have have been bought over time but they have lasted years. Icebreaker are expensive, and, interestingly, I feel the cut and quality now not as good as my old kit. I highly recommend the recent Aldi long sleeve and leggings. I also like Devol, which I bought via the sportpursuit link that Farawayvisions kindly posted. I was dubious to sign up to this, as others have previously mentioned, but their discounts and customer service are actually very good.
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Vorpal » 13 Jan 2015, 10:21am

Devold are expensive, but they have merino base layers that have wicking synthetic lining.

https://www.devold.com/outdoor-en/usefu ... ing/130/0/
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Slow Loris » 13 Jan 2015, 10:54am

They can be found heavily discounted via sportpursuit – although delivery times depend on stock availability, so not so convenient if you need anything quickly. I bought a zip neck long sleeve and leggings for under £25 each and have been wearing the long sleeve regularly this winter. It's a base layer and doesn't have a synthetic lining.

Just had a look and there's no Devol at the moment but there is a sale on Thermowave merino – I've no experience but they look similar to other high end brands. You do have to sign up to view, so it depends how you feel about that. If you use my link below I get a £5 voucher, but you can find the site directly if you prefer.

http://www.sportpursuit.com/join/talia.ross2012_b6936a
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Slow Loris » 13 Jan 2015, 11:00am

Whoops - just noticed that they do have Devold on sale. They have the men's version of my long sleeve (multi sport zip neck, black) for £23.99.
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Re: merino baselayer

Postby AlastairS » 13 Jan 2015, 12:48pm

Thanks Loris, I already joined Sports pursuit , but I can't find the Devold baselayer as here is no searching onsite. Do you remember, Is it in cycling ?

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Re: merino baselayer

Postby Slow Loris » 13 Jan 2015, 5:47pm

That's odd - there was a Devold section under Flash Sales but it seems to have vanished. However, you can find them in the hiking section under 'tops'.
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