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    I love wool

    After a full year of commuting in Maine I am completely impressed. We had a mild winter this year and I was able to ride in my wool t-shirt and long sleeve baselayer under a windbreaker or softshell the entire season. Summertime I'll wear the t-shirt alone or in combination with the others. Basically four pieces of clothing to cover my upper half for a full year. Wicks, stays warm, and doesn't stink. Regarding this last comment, I've had to toss synthetics because of the funk build up. Wool just keeps on staying fresh.
    I know some of it can be spendy, but I've followed the sales and have done pretty well, and in terms of investment it can't be beat.
    Anyone else have good luck with wool? Bad luck?
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    Wool is good, keeps you warm when wet, breathes well...

    It can make you smell like a wet dog as well.....

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    I love the stuff as well, but since we haven't had anything like a mild winter I've been using a thin merino wool long sleeve baselayer under normal wool sweaters. Have to say that as long as you don't mind the itch (doesn't bother me) normal wool has all the performance advantages of the high dollar merino stuff. As a mid layer, a tight knit wool sweater breathes and wicks moister exceptionally better than comparable weight fleeces.

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    This winter I started using a long-sleeve merino shirt as a baselayer under a windbreaker, and it sure is nice to not stink.

    But I'm not sure what I'm going to wear in the summer when all the trees, plants and gravel are out? One good thing about my stinky synthetics is that they have pretty good resistance to punctures/tears/snags. The two merino shirts that I've got are a lot thinner, and seem like they'd be a lot more fragile?

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    This is my kind of thread. I've been touting wool till people are probably sick of hearing it. I get several wears out of my merino instead of <1 on synthetics. I also bought my first merino wool tee at $35!! About twice what I have ever spent on any tee shirt...It's my favorite.

    I don't get the wet dog effect unless it is REALLY time to do the laundry.

    insighter: where in Maine? I'm in Raymond.

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    yeah love my base layer that I got from Costco, just wish I had picked up more. I need to look into finding some cheap ones somewhere (wonder if the patagonia outlet near here has any?)

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    A scoop of oyxclean in the wash will help to take the stink out of synthetics. I love smartwool socks most of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    insighter: where in Maine? I'm in Raymond.
    Bangor area. Last week it was around 80, and this morning we woke to 3 inches of snow. I love Maine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Wool is good, keeps you warm when wet, breathes well...

    It can make you smell like a wet dog as well.....
    Or a wet sheep.

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    Buffalo NY here and I also love the wool! one or two layers and a wind/rain jacket got me through the whole winter. I also use Smartwool Skiers knee sock at cover my legs up to my knickers...works perfect every time!
    wool, wool, wool. I love wool.

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    I love wool. Ewe love wool. We all love wool for the shear warmth and un-stink of it. I was once bucked hard off a sheep though, apparently it did not want to give up its wool. Baa!

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    Ewe are cracking me up. Does wool make a sheep smell like wet dog?

    This thread is making me think I should buy another ridiculously expensive Tee shirt - thanks a lot! As discussed in another thread, is is not connected to the bike so it doesn't go against my "bike parts" account.

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    Wool you all please stop? Ewe're making me laugh.

    Mtbx - that's some yarn...Ewe Mutton Bustin?

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    You guys aren't being sheepish with your puns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Wool you all please stop? Ewe're making me laugh.

    Mtbx - that's some yarn...Ewe Mutton Bustin?


    Yes, and unfortunately there were witnesses to this embarassing tail. I was trying to shear my six sheep and the bossy one took off on me; for some reason I decided it would be a good idea to hang on. I was lucky to still be lambulatory after I lamded.

    bedwards, yes get another T, but don't get fleeced!

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    I'm in shear terror of what is coming next.

    Do you still have sheep? What do you do with all the wool? Are they merinos? Just being nosy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm in shear terror of what is coming next.

    Do you still have sheep? What do you do with all the wool? Are they merinos? Just being nosy.


    No sir, no sir, no bags full. I mostly had the sheep (dorsets) for my border collies to herd, and I was such a poor shearer that I tossed the remains of the wool. It made some fine birds nests instead of fine attire. It was amazing how soft and supple and waterproof your skin felt though after handling those lanolin fleeces all day. Another unexpected plus was that they ate the poison ivy in the pasture and it came back as beautiful grass.

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    Hey there, new poster, but I am a long time fan of Smartwool socks. I also picked up a set of Smartwool arm warmers a few weeks ago for about $15. They were too cheap not to buy them. Used them on one ride and they lived up to my expectations.

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    1. how was BrianMc not involved in this?
    2. is smart wool actually wool? I thought it was a synthetic, but don`t know for sure.

    I used to have a nice collection of wool clothes for backcountry skiing until my wife washed it all and it shrunk. I haven`t realy skiied since before I got married, so never bothered replacing it. I don`t know why I haven`t gotten wool stuff for riding- I really liked it on the mountain.

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    I like wool. I've been wearing the MEC stuff and love it.

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    Go to your local goodwill and search out merino wool sweaters. Cheap and great for weekend wear MTbing and if you destroy it, not a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    How bout Gloria Trevi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    How bout Gloria Trevi?
    Couldn't understand a word - but it has a good beat and I can dance to it.

    Smart wool is real merino wool but it doesn't feel like that itchy wool sweater your mother use to make you wear.

    My #1 merino jersey is a goodwill find. They are hard to find at goodwill.

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    ^^You can probably guess pretty well by the pics and animations.
    But actually, I like yours better . I`d never heard of that singer before, and had to go check out a few more of her vids. Might order an album.

    I`ve never found wool itchy, even the stuff they gave us in the army.

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    Audra Mae

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ^^You can probably guess pretty well by the pics and animations.
    But actually, I like yours better . I`d never heard of that singer before, and had to go check out a few more of her vids. Might order an album...
    OT: I actually like them both. Audra is a recent find of mine. Already bought 2 albums. You can download a song here free. Enjoy

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    LOVE wool. I ride a lot in a Patagonia Merino 3 hoody (half-price online) during cooler times and pretty much only wear a short sleeved Icebreaker jersey during warmer months. Will definitely be adding to my Merino collection as sales / money allows!

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    Matty told Hatty, "That's the thing to do.
    Get you someone really to pull the wool with you."
    Wooly bully, wooly bully.
    It's the stopping and starting part that will get ya!

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    I'm a big smartwool fan, can usually get deals online.

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    Mild winter wooly

    Found two of grampa's wool sweaters and a vest last fall. Read a bit about it and went for my own "wool challenge". Commuting twenty miles/day, wearing the non-merino sweater or the vest I would not stink for around seven to nine days (girlfriend as my tester) and the NMS/vest would take three freaking weeks to develop a *noticeable funk (nose up real close). The merino sweater would only get to two weeks, but did make the evening switch to a t-shirt seem less mind-blowingly comfy as the others. I can't wait to find some thin summer-worthy wool that my student wallet can afford.

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    Wool T-Shirts $27.50 with Coupon: 7QE-1-MN6SU
    Stoic Merino Crew - Short-Sleeve - Men&#39;s from Departmentofgoods.com

    This is one of the better deals I've seen - I just bought 2. They are great in the hot weather too.

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    Icebreaker does rip easier than synthetic fabrics.

    I wear it under a normal polyester jersey when possible.

    And be careful taking it off when wet and sticky.
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    after years of use...

    Been using merino for cycling many years now. A thread like this will always get hung up on cost of the stuff, and for good reason. So I'll offer this 2c for those on the fence: the most useful piece is a 200 weight l/s crewneck top. Get 2-3 of these, and you're pretty much set for everything from below freezing to 15C. I've used these tops with hard shell or soft shell every week for commuting, the weekend rips, night rides, for skiing (XC, DH, AT) and trail running. Don't put em in the dryer or wear a pack directly on them, and they last a really long time.

    The runner up is a 150wt s/s under shirt, but I use this far less and get away with the synthetic blend s/s tops just fine.

    For commuting, I get into work after 35-40min of saddle time and the top is usually damp from sweat, but I'm warm and don't stink. It's hung up and dry by time I leave work. If you don't bother with a chamois, the merino undies are worth a look too...

    As for which mfgr's top - I've had icebreaker and MEC, and the material varies very little. What does change is the fit, so my take is find the brand with a cut that suits you best, and make the call based on that.

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    good point

    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    Been using merino for cycling many years now. A thread like this will always get hung up on cost of the stuff, and for good reason. So I'll offer this 2c for those on the fence: the most useful piece is a 200 weight l/s crewneck top. Get 2-3 of these, and you're pretty much set for everything from below freezing to 15C. I've used these tops with hard shell or soft shell every week for commuting, the weekend rips, night rides, for skiing (XC, DH, AT) and trail running. Don't put em in the dryer or wear a pack directly on them, and they last a really long time.

    The runner up is a 150wt s/s under shirt, but I use this far less and get away with the synthetic blend s/s tops just fine.

    For commuting, I get into work after 35-40min of saddle time and the top is usually damp from sweat, but I'm warm and don't stink. It's hung up and dry by time I leave work. If you don't bother with a chamois, the merino undies are worth a look too...

    As for which mfgr's top - I've had icebreaker and MEC, and the material varies very little. What does change is the fit, so my take is find the brand with a cut that suits you best, and make the call based on that.
    great suggestions. I would second the recommendation for a long sleeve wool undergarment, and have not had any problems wearing it underneath a camelback. Mole seems to care more easily than synthetics, and my Swobo seems particularly fragile. There are great prices to be had on Sierra trading Post and backcountry.com, and if you buy from Ibex much of the product is made in the United States. I wear a T-shirt underneath a windbreaker all the way down to 30F. If I wear a long sleeve shirt I can go another 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by islander View Post
    ... So I'll offer this 2c for those on the fence: the most useful piece is a 200 weight l/s crewneck top....
    I find the 1/2-zip necks even more versatile, adds warmth when zipped up under your chin, and cooler if zipped down.

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    I just zip the collar on my outerlayer if i need that warmth. The underlayer zip is either a sloppy fit or annoying chunk of metal on my neck. That's why i say crew FTW.

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    Stoic merino ls crew $19.99 (from $69) for next 7 mins (L&XL) on steepandcheap.com. Probably rotate back through later today if you missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    A scoop of oyxclean in the wash will help to take the stink out of synthetics. I love smartwool socks most of all.
    Smartwool socks are the only brand of wool socks I've tried so far that haven't worn thru in the big toe area very quickly. As in one or two months! Guilty: REI (sux majorly), Goodhew (not!) & Darn Tough (anything but! Darn expensive though!).

    And the one wool shirt I had long ago started falling apart after one wash.

    I think I'll stick with my synthetics. Last forever. Don't require special care. And none of my synthetic clothing has ever had a problem with stink.

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    Know any places to get thick wool pants that fit very loose?

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    New Zealand men love the feel of wool on their naked bodies, sheep wrangling is a national pass time for the blokes over there, some even tie sheep up to their beds, infact we have laws in Australia that stop them from coming over and wrangling our sheep, it was a real problem........

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