Merino Clothing

After reading an inspiring article on Rivendell Bikes about the greatness of merino clothing I took a chance, dropped over $50 on a base-layer and tried it out. I have not looked back. Modern merino superfine fabric is smooth, doesn’t itch, and retains little (if any) odour.

My first purchase was an Orca base-layer long sleeve.

Next was an Orca mid-layer and short-sleeve base-layer.

Last was an Icebreaker mid-layer longsleeve and a pair of trunk undies.

Every purchase was worth every cent.

Cycling was where the material really stood out. On a very cold morning I rode into work, 33kms, and had a puncture. I stopped and changed out the tube. At the time, about 70% of the distance, I was feeling slightly damp. When I took of my waterproof jacket steam was rising about my body. The cotton long-T was damp and it seemed the merino wicked all the moisture off my skin – that moisture in turn absorbed by the cotton long-T. After changing out the tube I realised that the merino against my skin was not in the slight bit damp.

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For cycling merino is the best material I’ve found for against the skin. I’ve yet to try my merino trunks on the bike for anything more than 15 minutes so I can’t comment on its performance on long rides with those parts of your body that connect with the saddle.

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Merino Clothing

2 thoughts on “Merino Clothing

  1. I agree. Merino, while heavier when damp than wicking materials, has a good property for regular use without it stinking. Overall better for prolonged wear / daily cycling.

  2. It was kind of funny that the Icebreaker outlet I visited had a wallboard with the record consecutive days an icebreaker garment being worn as 166days and “no stink”!

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