Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking GearReviews and Roundups




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    Quote Originally Posted by Agate View Post
    Merino wool is named after the breed of sheep, just like cashmere is a breed of goat.

    Merino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    They do have to treat wool to make it washable, though. (Sorry, know too many knitters)
    They also blend in acrylic to make merino wool more durable.
    Patagonia Fabric: Merino Wool Baselayer - Moisture-managing baselayer, exceptionally soft against the skin, naturally odor resistant and machine washable.

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    Gloves, boots, and smartwool or how to enjoy freezing conditions

    I can see the polyester increasing durability, but IME the wool/poly blend baselayers feel more clammy than 100% merino. Some just feel outright cold, even when dry.
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

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