Merino wicks moisture from your skin, keeps your body at a good temperature and stops you from smelling bad after a long bike bike.
It’s no wonder that it is such a buzzword amongst cyclists and it is a popular fabric choice in high end cycling clothing brands.
What is there to love about Merino?
- Merino is well suited to the UK weather. As anyone who has cycled in a soaking wet t-shirt and pair of jeans will tell you, it’s not a pleasant experience. Merino clothing It is designed to repel water on the outside. Whilst you can’t exactly call it “waterproof” it is certainly water resistant and enough to see you though a short bike ride in the rain.
- The odour resistant properties of Merino makes Merino tops excellent for meeting up with your friends at the cinema, pub, cafe or anywhere else where you can’t jump in to the shower after a long bike ride.
- Merino clothes are even flame retardant. Not that you should go out of your way to test this out by standing too close to a fireplace but it’s good to know!
- Perhaps the final big advantage of Merino is that it doesn’t look any different to every day clothing. This is good for those of us who prefer avoiding the lycra look where possible.
Merino tops for men
At the entry level, the EDZ Merino range is an excellent starting point for cyclists. A couple of these tops will mean that you’ll look good, smell good and feel comfortable on your next bike ride.
Of course, if you’ve been following London Cyclist you’ll have seen reviews of the Merino offerings by Vulpine. We’ve reviewed both the short sleeve Merino and the Merino t-shirt. These are more expensive at £70 and £55 respectively. This is a fair bump from the EDZ Merino range.
Rapha is another brand competing for your attention in this area, their Merino base layers cost around £60.
Merino Tops For Women
Fortunately, this is one of the areas where women are catered for just as much as male cyclists.
Here on London Cyclist we’ve reviewed offerings by Rapha and Merino tops sold on Velovixen. We loved the style of these tops, as well as the carefully thought out details. If you’ve got a little extra to spend then these are excellent options.
Fortunately, there are also more affordable options by DHB and EDZ that offer pretty much all of the advantages. The DHZ ladies Merino in particular, costs around £30 and offers good comfort, water resistance and sweat wicking properties.
Merino tops for cyclists are the perfect combination of fashion and practicality. The prices range from around £30 up to £70 or more. Take your pick and you’ll find that with a couple of these tops in your draw, you’ll be reaching for them more often than not.
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