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Merino Wool Clothing for Touring?
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:03:14 AM »
G'day - I bought two Merino Wool short-sleeved jerseys last year. I have not yet taken them on tours, but I did do a few day rides with them, and what surprised me most was that they were really comfortable to wear, they breathed really well and after hanging them up to air out they didn't stink! Has anyone tried Merino Wool jerseys on extended tours? I think that I could bring the two jerseys that I have and just alternate them each day of a tour, airing the other one out.


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Re: Merino Wool Clothing for Touring?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 10:09:53 AM »
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Re: Merino Wool Clothing for Touring?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 06:03:22 PM »
I would absolutely recommend Merino tops for cycle touring, for all conditions. 

I own a number of Icebreaker tops, in various sleeve lengths and weights, and some leggings too.  The great thing is that they layer so well - so you can warm up or cool off easily without too much bulk - and always wick sweat away so you stay comfortable in he heat or cold. 

I have used my Icebreaker clothing in SE Asia (hot, humid temps) in NZ South Island (wet, cold temps) and Australian outback (dry, hot days and cool nights), and it has been perfect for all these conditions, on the bike, around camp, and in towns.

Plus, the added bonus of being light-weight, packing small, and resisting odour.  I can't recommend merino clothing highly enough for cycle touring.


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Re: Merino Wool Clothing for Touring?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2011, 08:46:50 PM »
Amazing stuff. I am a complete convert. I rode the TransAm last year with 2 merino wool t-shirts, 2 pairs of merino wool socks, and one merino wool sweater. Ibex was the brand of the shirts/sweater and they worked very, very well at keeping stick and sweat at bay. Breathable, quickdrying, light, soft, wrinkle-resistant. I will never go back to synthetics.