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Old 09-11-07, 07:58 AM
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Best-priced sources for wool/smartwool products?

I'm not averse to resale shops, but I live in North Texas, a part of the country where wool is not a big seller, so their selection is limited - heck, until we get a couple of freezes down here there IS no selection.

Neither do I mind wearing non-bike-specific woolies, as long as the design won't hinder the ride. I got a couple nice merino sweaters from Target, but they're getting pretty tatty.

The sport-oriented retailers like REI are fine, but consider them woefully overpriced. I'll buy their stuff only if I can't find a better deal. I can't justify $120 dollars for a Smartwool jersey, but I'll look hard at a $70 one. I generally would try to get their stuff in the off-season but apparently "Large" is an all too common size and there's not usually anything to pick from.

Any suggestions or little-known distributors I should shop for my cold weather stuff?
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Old 09-11-07, 08:14 AM
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I know you said there isn't a large selection in second hand stores, but I have to say that they are my favorite place to get wool garments. Wool sweaters, and, if you're clever, you can get old-man dress slacks made of wool to commute it. You can make knickers out of them, as well. Old-man wool dress socks are also something I'm fond of picking up. If there is no selection at local second-hand stores, perhaps there are other ways in which to find what you are looking for. I've had good luck at yardsales, and if you travel to colder climes you could shop there. There is also Ebay, though I have never looked for clothes on there.

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There's Sierra Trading Post, but I only see socks on there right now.
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Old 09-11-07, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by dave.lloyd View Post
There's Sierra Trading Post, but I only see socks on there right now.

Aye, I looked on STP for a long time, but got frustrated by only seeing what I wanted in Small or XXXL.
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portland cyclewear does affordable wool jerseys.

http://www.portlandcyclewear.com/woolcyclingjersey.html
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THAT'S what I'm looking for Bax... thanks
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and for those of you keeping score at home, there a are a couple of nice ones under "long sleeve t shirts" at the backcountry.com outlet.
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I like to check out eBay too. I've gotten a few really nice smartwool pieces there NWT for a reasonable price.
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www.steepandcheap.com will occasionally have Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker wool items.
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Once the mountain opens for the winter, I get pro deals. It's not "bike" gear as such, but hey, a sweater is a sweater, long underwear is long underwear.
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The guy who runs Portland Cyclewear sells jerseys on eBay too. I bought a bunch of them for 25 bucks each last year. They're much better than the Fox wool jersey Nashbar was blowing out.
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Sports Basement is selling Descente wool jerseys for $65. The fit is much more tailored than the jersey I have from Portland Cyclewear.
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You can save about $25 per jersey if you order 6 or more. Anybody want to co-op buy some? Maybe put BF logo on them?

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Not that it would do you much good, but there's this women's trendy shoe store here that sells all manner of fancy socks. Because they are trendy, they're putting last season's in the clearance basket all the time. Some are Smartwool, others are fancy wool/cotton/synthetic blends from Europe and they are just as good as the Smartwool. All are (relatively) cheap. Team Estrogen puts them on clearance sometimes. If you buy 3 pair from REI, you get 10% off. Sometimes running sportswear shops have Smartwool on sale if you're not picky about getting the "cycling-specific" socks. (I'm not)

I also knit my own. Depending on how good a deal I get on the yarn, it can be cheaper than Smartwool.
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I've found good prices at http://www.sockcompany.com/smartwoolsocks.html

Love my SmartWool socks.
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I've bought most of my wool off ebay. Smartwool, Icebreaker, Ibex.

I've also found some good deals by doing froogle searches - places like backcountry outlet, mountain gear, etc.

Ibex often has sales, but generally their sale prices are higher than what I can find with a 30-second internet search.

I've worn the same Ibex jersey every day since it turned warm enough for short sleeves. It's still holding up well.
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I have just recieved 2 excellent merino T shirts from http://www.chocolatefish.co.uk/ at very reasonable prices. They are UK based but do send to EC and International. The weak dollar/strong pound may make it more expensive.
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