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    I fell out of love with Merino Wool

    Just this last winter, I bought a Merino sweater. It was thin, but kept me much warmer than I expected. Without a doubt, this material outperforms my polyester athletic sweater on a pound-per-pound basis (although my poly sweater is big, bulky, and still warmer). All winter I washed the merino sweater as instructed: cold water only, hang up to dry. By the end of the season, this thing looked like a nice fit for my ten-year-old. My mom, bless her heart, said she wouldn't mind cutting up the sweater; she could make me a pair of socks and gloves out of the material. If it doesn't shrink even more.

    While my polyester athletic sweater doesn't quite perform as well as merino wool, at least I can still wear it. And it does a fine job of keeping me warm in the extreme cold.

    Maybe I'll take that merino sweater and just wash/dry it over and over until it stops shrinking -- it has to eventually, right? Then my youngest daughter can use it on one of her barbie dolls.

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    I have some merino sweaters, tshirts, gloves, socks, long johns, boxers, hats.... from different brands and none have shrinked more than one size down. I even have tried to make one shrink 2 size down and couldn't. I washed and dried it at max temp several times, ironed, cooked in the microwave, boiled it... (it was probably preshrunked) (if someone knows how please tell me, i still haven't found a way )
    I have one brand that shrink more easily than others though.
    Now that i think about it i have a european brand that shrink like crazy but it's angora wool and not merino. I've also shrinked a few of my lambwool gears in the dryer to make them fit just the way i wanted.
    But with my merinos it's pretty hard to get one size down.
    You probably got one of bad quality.
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    I've had an MEC merino wool top since January 2004 ... I've worn it on cycling tours, as a base layer for winter cycling, and to work as a dressy top. Even after all the wear and all the washing over the past decade, it still looks great and hasn't shrunk at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I've had an MEC merino wool top since January 2004 ... I've worn it on cycling tours, as a base layer for winter cycling, and to work as a dressy top. Even after all the wear and all the washing over the past decade, it still looks great and hasn't shrunk at all.
    +1...I also have 2 pairs of merino tops from MEC and none of them have shrunk, even after washing in hot water.

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    Polar fleece ... whap it on a hand rail and knock out the excess water/sweat from it, and then put it back on ..

    the wicking effect is all on the fiber surface , it will evaporate , if not under a waterproof shell ..

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    Huh, maybe I'll give merino another chance. I bought a sweater from The Gap that was on sale for $40 and that's the one that shrank -- a lot. I just don't want to get the $200 merino athletic shirt (from a sports store) and wind up having the same thing happen.

    What were some of the brands of those shirts that didn't shrink? I'll take a chance on an expensive shirt if someone else vouches for it.

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    I bought one of these several years ago: Molteni Arcore LS Wool Jersey - Vintage Velos

    I've had no problem at all with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Cid View Post
    What were some of the brands of those shirts that didn't shrink? I'll take a chance on an expensive shirt if someone else vouches for it.
    MEC has merino base layers and jerseys.They are good quality and cheaper then some other brands.

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    Yep i would be cautious going with a brand as a whole as products may be of different quality inside a brand but I've been lucky so far going with ibex, smartwool, mec, minus33, icebreaker, fox river and louis garneau
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    Just buy one size larger.

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    Carpet moth evolution has not put eating polyesters on their life cycle to feed their larvae..

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    Buy some wool clothing with 10-20% poly in it, Patagonia makes some.

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