We’ve have been reaching into our drawer this week and picking out a favorite garment, the merino base layer, I am sad to say the temperatures have been low enough to warrant its use.
In true to form Autumnal weather it’s either breezy, showery or both. Last thing you want is a chill and wearing a jacket is overkill, this is where merino comes into play. We’ve been stocking Merino for a couple of years but our 2015 offering really raises the game.
It’s performance is second to none, comfort is guaranteed. Of course it’s primary use is on the bike, that’s where it excels but it also works when lounging around at home. Comfortable, temperature regulating, perfect for a lounge on the sofa.
What makes merino so special?
It was the Spanish who developed the merino breed back in the 13th and 14th centuries, crossbreeding from imported English breeds. So highly prized was the resulting wool that exporting merino sheep from Spain was punishable by death until the 18th century.
Woven into a fabric as soft as silk and barely thicker, it seems extraordinary that something so thin can be so warm. The secret is that merino fibres are incredibly fine, barely a quarter the thickness of a human hair, so they trap air much more effectively. Not only that, merino fibres also wick sweat away without feeling clammy against the skin. That’s important, because the chilling effect of air over damp fabric can be a real problem in cold conditions. Merino retains warmth even when wet, which makes it perfect for winter rides. Finally, merino has natural anti-microbial properties which prevents unpleasant odours from building up. We don’t recommend never washing your merino kit, but it’s nice to know that you won’t be turned away from cafes while on tour! None of these properties rely on artifical treatments, it’s all down to nature.
Don’t be cold on your morning and evening rides and don’t feel the need to wear a Gilet quite yet then you must give this a try its my most used item of cycling clothing year round. Men’s short and long sleeve merino