That is old more the old style woolMonty Dog said:OK for general riding, but tends to hold too much moisture when working hard for my liking - the cold, clammy feeling when you stop can chill and doesn't wick-away. Fine for the likes of commuting because it doesn't create a stink for the journey home.
My apologies, I thought the OP was referring to 'winter riding' where you ride in termperatures below 0 degrees not bimble around in warmers and a giletNotso Swift said:That is old more the old style wool
The tech stuff is quite simply the best product you can get in my opinion
More as a base layer, that is not because of warmth (wet or dry) and ability of it to wick sweat, it is more because I have not got any tops to compare to and I feel stretching would be an issue if you load up your pockets, which doesn't happen with a base. Since I bought my first Merino base I haven't bought any thing else, and I only wear my synthetic "technical" fabric ones when I don't have anything clean.
The only other issue, I need a short sleeve T shirt with a zip to wear with arm warmers for mild-cold!
I have no experience of merino/smartwool base layers having short life spans. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of original Rapha merino base layers which are now 4 years old. Admittedly, they were expensive but average 100+ days of wear each per year. I knew that they would get a lot of use - 400 uses each item and no sign of them losing their shape or thinning. Seams double stitched and intact. I consider them excellent value for money.Monte Zoncolon said:While Merino wool cycling apparel has it's advantages. Like for instance, it can be worn directly against the skin without causing irritation, staying warm when wet. Renowned for being odorless after weeks of use and highly breathable it also has it's disadvantages such as being rather expensive, slow to dry and has a rather short wearable life, compared to it's synthetic counterpart, which is cheaper, quicker drying and longer lasting.
I am talking about every thing from -5 to +20, I have a zipped long necked long sleeve, vest and a crew neck Tee, what I want is a tee with a zipped neck to fill the gap on those days when you go out in the morning on a clear 7 or so, but it is 15+ when you come backMonty Dog said:My apologies, I thought the OP was referring to 'winter riding' where you ride in termperatures below 0 degrees not bimble around in warmers and a gilet
Rapha Apparel is indeed very high quality. Referring to Merino Wool as having a rather short wearable life, I mean that it has a rather short wearable life in general, after rigorous use, compared to it's synthetic counterpart which the general consensus will tell You last's longer, depending of course on the quality of the brand.LugHugger said:I have no experience of merino/smartwool base layers having short life spans. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of original Rapha merino base layers which are now 4 years old.