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Old 04-13-05, 12:31 PM   #1
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Wool for warm weather?

After reading the "handling sun exposure" topic, I am inspired to write this post. Companies such as Smartwool are making long sleeve WOOL shirts, in very light weights, and claiming that they're comfortable in warm weather. Can this be?

Has anyone had good experience in warm climates wearing a wool T? How about avoiding sunburn with a thin wool long-sleeve on a hot day? Seems unlikely to me, but maybe the marketers are right...
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I have a summer weight 100% virgin wool suit and it is very comfortable in the summer. I would be interested in such products. Morino wool is very soft and comfortable.
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I toured in wool exclusively on my last tour, both short and long sleeves. This was late spring and certainly not high summer. I rode in the upper 70s(F) as a max temperature. I found the wool was comfortable and not overly hot to that temp and probably even 5-10 degree warmer. For much warmer than that I think I'd rather wear a long sleeved seersucker shirt.
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In the ancient days of Yore, when megabytes were something you got from a big dog and touring bikes were used for touring, Merino wool was the king in hot or cold weather. All of the synthetics claim to wick moisture and sweat away, wool actualy does it. the wool suspends the moisture and as the air follows through the fabric to your body it creates a cooling effect

Wools demise as a fabric for cycling was not that the synthetic fabrics are better. Synthetics are cheaper to produce and are easier to print graphics on. Every few years a company comes along trying to market wool as a great discovery.
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I've had two fine-knit wool jerseys that were great in hot weather. They were short sleeve. Typically, the aren't made anymore. They were cheap, too, compared with other similar jerseys of both artificial and natural fibres.

Some of the outdoor apparel manufacturers are continuing development of merino wool and silk garments. But as with all outdoor apparel, the products are overpriced.

If anyone finds a source of cheaper, fine-knit Merino jerseys, let me know!!!!
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I believe surly is now marketing wool jerseys. I haven't touched any though, so can't comment on thickness. And they are rather expensive.
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I'm just happy that I don't smell like road kill while wearing wool.

Has anyone figured out why wool doesn't stink, and as a related matter, why its not possible to manufacture synthetics that don't smell when sweaty?
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http://www.longscycle.com/webstore/shopping.htm . They have a few wool jerseys. though they are often odd sizes like xxs or xxx large. I have a couple I bought from them that have held up well over the past 3 years. they have a $29 grab bag deal ( you get what they send) for short sleeve wool jerseys
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I've had two fine-knit wool jerseys that were great in hot weather. They were short sleeve. Typically, the aren't made anymore. They were cheap, too, compared with other similar jerseys of both artificial and natural fibres.

Some of the outdoor apparel manufacturers are continuing development of merino wool and silk garments. But as with all outdoor apparel, the products are overpriced.

If anyone finds a source of cheaper, fine-knit Merino jerseys, let me know!!!!
Just bought one today. They are usually about 80 GBP here but mine cost just 9.99. Great value from ALDI supermarket---oh yes also cool-max underlayers at 3.99. Good quality too.

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For all your wool clothing needs look no further then Rivendell's Online Catalog I'm not really a fan of jersey's per se so I can't vouch for them. But I have used both the long and short sleeved wool t-shirts and they are great. Also the wool hat, tights, leg warmers, headband have all been great.

Well not necessarily wool, their upcoming MUSA line will include shorts, pants and Seersucker shirts designed for comfortable cycling and to be normal looking for when you are off the bicycle.
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I looked at the long's cycle web page and I wasn't sure that the grab bag jerseys are wool.

My question is what is an "American Cut" jersey?
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In my opinion, there has never been a better tight than wool. Stretches naturally and
stays warm when wet (nothing is better than wool in this department). Bought a bunch from Performance a number of years ago ($30.00 each) and down to the last one - maybe I won't need em anymore with global warming and all.

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I looked at the long's cycle web page and I wasn't sure that the grab bag jerseys are wool.

My question is what is an "American Cut" jersey?

Must have beer gut room.

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Look at european Ebay auction, I bought few wool jersey at 1 Euros/each. All in perfect condition
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Must have beer gut room.

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that is exactly right. it is square cut from the shoulders down instead of tapered to the waist .


The jerseys in the grab bag are wool the pattern and color is the part you have no control over
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Zoic makes a nice light weight wool jersey- I wore it today (70 degrees). I got it on sale from performance last fall
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For winter underlayers, I find that the silk longjohn tops are cheap (10-15$ US) and fairly effective. I have used the bottoms as overlayers on cold days. They do not wick quite as well as merino, but are pretty good and feel good as well. I have been machine washing them with success. I would love to try a merino jersey with pockets, but the price has scared me off.
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Wool will, and should, eventually replace synthetic fibres, even for warm weather activities. It breathes well, doesn't reek, and is not bad at wicking. It keeps you warm in the colder weather and keeps you cool in the heat. Cotton is awful and the synthetic stuff is only average. (Did I mention that it stinks?)

I love Merino wool, though some blended wools are good too.
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wool is all good... the only problem I've found is it seems to rip a more easily than some synthetic equalivalents (guess it's only a problem when you fall). Check out these guys (had years of serice from mine), haven't seen anything better:

http://www.icebreaker.com/
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Bleah!

I totally did not want to see this.... http://www.icebreaker.com/about/merino.aspx

These people need marketing help.
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wool is all good... the only problem I've found is it seems to rip a more easily than some synthetic equalivalents (guess it's only a problem when you fall). Check out these guys (had years of serice from mine), haven't seen anything better:

http://www.icebreaker.com/
There is a danger of shoving a finger or thumb through the fabric when pulling it on or off. Having completely dry skin on the torso, and particularly around the shoulders, helps.
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I bought a new merino short sleeved T shirt from MEC. I have to admit it is so silky smooth I would never have guessed it was wool. I wore it cycling in coolish weather on the weekend always under a wind shell or light jacket, but I did sweat a bit. It was fine, no odour at all.

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Bleah!

I totally did not want to see this.... http://www.icebreaker.com/about/merino.aspx

These people need marketing help.
Yes, but did you touch? And which one? And *where*?

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