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Old 09-18-08, 04:08 PM
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efficacy of wool jerseys?

WHats the consensus? Are they worth the 100+ bucks. Is goretex better? Are they reserved for freds and retrogrouchs or is there a reason the old-timers used them?

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Originally Posted by Biking_Lawyer View Post
WHats the consensus? Are they worth the 100+ bucks. Is goretex better? Are they reserved for freds and retrogrouchs or is there a reason the old-timers used them?

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Old Timers? WTF I'm no old timer and I have three of them. They are warm when properly layered with some Icebreaker Body Fit layers; for those -5c rides.
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Yes. They are worth the money.
+1 on the Icebreaker base. My favorite of merino that goes into it, Ibex, and Smartwool.
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Not that I've ever done it, but one of the selling points I read was that you don't need to wash them after every ride. If you let them air dry they can be worn a second time without asphyxiating you when you pull it over your head.
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They breathe well, wick moisture well, and are pretty stink resistant. I wear mostly wool when skiing and the same charactersitics apply to cycling. The Smartwool jerseys list for ~$90.
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They are the best for cold weather riding.... at least that's been my experience.
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I love my wool jerseys for cool and cold weather. I'm under 40, but I started riding when lugged steel frames, friction down tube shifters, and toe clips and straps were the norm - so you can decide if I'm a retrogrouch or not.

In regard to keeping me comfortable, wool seems to handle moisture (whether it is from perspiration or a damp, humid environment) better than synthetics. On cool spring and fall days, a short sleeve wool jersey with arm warmers is pretty comfortable and versatile as the temperature changes. However you will still want some sort of protection on top if it is raining or snowing.

GoreTex is something totally different. It is a waterproof, windproof, breathable material meant to be used as outerwear. It will protect you from wind, rain, snow, etc, as well as convective and evaporative heat loss. However you generally want to wear something underneath the GoreTex to provide wicking and insulation. The Gore company, which makes GoreTex, also makes plenty of other materials as well as cycling-specific clothing.
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I'm another one who started out when wool jerseys were the standard. Yes they work well but not in really hot weather. When it gets really hot the new materials are MUCH better but in cooler to mid temperatures they are good.

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try earthwindandride.com and jonesware.com both have nice wool stuff and Jones will custom fit for $10 more. My only complaint is that I have yet to find a wool jersey with a longer zipper and that's my personal preference. Also Jones shorts come in 3 different lengths,I really like mine as well as the arm and leg warmers.
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I'm only 41 years old, and I've got 3 wool jerseys and 4 other wool tops I use for cycling ... all merino wool, of course. They're great!! Very comfortable, and nice and warm in winter.

However, I have NEVER paid $100 for any of them. The most expensive was probably around $50, but most were less than that. I got 2 of the wool tops for about $5.

Check out the merino wool tops at MEC:
https://www.mec.ca/Products/product_l...=1221786911874

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MEC's prices were great back when we used to make fun of the Canadian Dollar. Now they have merely decent prices. I'm a big advocate of Merino; I wore my Icebreaker base layer for 2 weeks skiing once before washing it because I wanted to see how long it would take before it started to stink... it didn't start to smell but I just felt too dirty to let it go any longer.
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Originally Posted by Mr.BoJingles View Post
MEC's prices were great back when we used to make fun of the Canadian Dollar. Now they have merely decent prices. I'm a big advocate of Merino; I wore my Icebreaker base layer for 2 weeks skiing once before washing it because I wanted to see how long it would take before it started to stink... it didn't start to smell but I just felt too dirty to let it go any longer.
As a Canadian ... MEC's prices are still pretty good.


But there are other places you can go. Rowan bought us each matching blue long sleeved merino wool jerseys at United Cycle in Edmonton for about $25 each. And I got my $5 tops from local thrift shops.
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I love my Icebreaker and Smartwool gear. I only have one wool jersey right now but I'd definitely like more. On really hot days, I still like my lycra jerseys, but I live in the Pacific Northwest, so, ya, wool is about perfect for this area. Stays warm when wet, regulates temperature from cool to hot. I wear mine commuting all week without washing and it doesn't smell. (third party verified )

P.S. I'm 27 and don't consider myself old.
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Also try Kucharik:
https://www.kucharikclothing.com/

I have one of their long sleeve jerseys and it is by far the best piece of cycling clothing I own. I live in the South, so 7 months out of the year I wear lightweight synthetic jerseys. Just talking about this makes me wish fall would get here sooner.
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I have very sensitive skin and am unable to tolerate even the finest wool sweaters. But I can handle all the cashmere I have ever worn. Are there cycling specific shirts made out of cashmere?
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I have very sensitive skin and am unable to tolerate even the finest wool sweaters. But I can handle all the cashmere I have ever worn. Are there cycling specific shirts made out of cashmere?
I have cashmere socks ... or perhaps they are angora. Very nice.
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I've never seen a Cashmere jersey. You would be ok with a regular sweater though.

I like wool best as a base layer. My Blacks Outdoors brand one is pretty nice, and has kept me warm in a lot of nasty cold/wet races. I have a wool jersey too, a DeMarchi (via Nashbar). It's wool/acrylic and not as soft as the merino. It is very pretty, but I think I would to Merino in future.
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Summer weight wool's good for warm to hot days. Wicks good, keeps you cool, comfy, doesn't stink, etc. Wool also keeps you warm when wet.

Cashmere's pretty nice for cold weather riding. Comfy and soft too.
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Originally Posted by fghhunter View Post
try earthwindandride.com and jonesware.com both have nice wool stuff and Jones will custom fit for $10 more. My only complaint is that I have yet to find a wool jersey with a longer zipper and that's my personal preference. Also Jones shorts come in 3 different lengths,I really like mine as well as the arm and leg warmers.
Perhaps the SmartWool Rambition jersey is what you're looking for? I haven't tried their jerseys, but their socks are awesome.
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Originally Posted by mrmatta View Post
Also try Kucharik:
https://www.kucharikclothing.com/

I have one of their long sleeve jerseys and it is by far the best piece of cycling clothing I own. I live in the South, so 7 months out of the year I wear lightweight synthetic jerseys. Just talking about this makes me wish fall would get here sooner.
My old USCF club had wool/polyester blend long sleeve jerseys from Kucharik which were great. They were a hideous green, red, and orange combination though. I should see if the former president has any left over from the late 80's.
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Check out the Descente 100% merino wool jersey from ProBikeKit.com for ~$45.00. I picked one up in the spring, and it's a nice jersey - very soft and comfy. The first night I tried it on, I didn't want to take it off! Sometimes it looks a bit wrinkled after I wash it in a garment bag on the gentle cycle and I let it air dry, but I still like it.

Hmmm... While examining my jersey, I just found two small holes on the seam between the black side panel and red body! Did the washing machine eat it (in spite of the bag), did moths get to it during the summer, or is it coming apart???

As a note on the sizing: According to the chart, I was between the L and XL sizes. I went with the XL, and I'm glad that I did. In spite of having lost some weight between the spring and now, it is still on the snug side.

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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
Check out the Descente 100% merino wool jersey from ProBikeKit.com for ~$45.00. I picked one up in the spring, and it's a nice jersey - very soft and comfy. The first night I tried it on, I didn't want to take it off! Sometimes it looks a bit wrinkled after I wash it in a garment bag on the gentle cycle and I let it air dry, but I still like it.

Hmmm... While examining my jersey, I just found two small holes on the seam between the black side panel and red body! Did the washing machine eat it (in spite of the bag), did moths get to it during the summer, or is it coming apart???

As a note on the sizing: According to the chart, I was between the L and XL sizes. I went with the XL, and I'm glad that I did. In spite of having lost some weight between the spring and now, it is still on the snug side.
I know 4-6 local people who bought these jerseys from PBK - all of them report the seams splitting!
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I know 4-6 local people who bought these jerseys from PBK - all of them report the seams splitting!
I noticed the holes after I wrote my post, and before I submitted it, so I added the section on the holes. Afterward, I noticed a total of four holes, all along the same seam. Did Descente warranty the jerseys for your friends?
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I'm sold on the wool, now I just need to find inexpensive ones...
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I noticed the holes after I wrote my post, and before I submitted it, so I added the section on the holes. Afterward, I noticed a total of four holes, all along the same seam. Did Descente warranty the jerseys for your friends?
I don't think any of them has bothered returning the jersey from AUS. May be worth asking PBK about it, since I would be surprised if they are not aware of the issue.
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