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    Merino Wool

    Looking for a descent deal on a Merino Wool jersey. So far Smartwool seems to have some pretty good prices, but nothing on sale. Anyone know where to go ?
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    Thrift store sweaters work well too, unless you "need" a cycling specific jersey. Portland Cyclewear can't be beat if you're looking for a cycling specific jersey though.

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    I checked out Portland Cyclewear and products look pretty nice. Have you tried their jerseys ? if so, what do you think ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times
    I checked out Portland Cyclewear and products look pretty nice. Have you tried their jerseys ? if so, what do you think ?
    I've owned 3 of their jerseys for almost two years now. They've held up really well considering the abuse they've seen. No issues with the logo falling off and the fit was as advertised (I went with the transfer style -not embrodiery). Our club (ri nemba) ordered ~ 25 from Chad and they came out great all around.

    I've also owned older Spot, Surly and EWNR jerseys. All of them have been great jerseys. I usually wear wool year round nowadays and ride ~ 250 days a year (more in a good year), both mtb and road. As long as you don't mess up and toss it in a warm wash, or fall into a thicket, they should wear well. Oh yeah, keep the moths at bay as well!
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    try icebreaker brand, great merino stuff, tight weave, long cut, and they have decent sales. ibex is just a expensive as swobo so i don't touch the stuff anymore, unless found in a thrift store, which happens once in a blue moon. smartwool fabric really doesn't do it for me, stick to 100% merino. i also have a new jersey coming from chad at portland cyclewear- he has a new line of merino stuff too- and the jerseys from him seem really nice. if my club likes, or some fellow 24hr teams, then a bulk order is definitely the way to go- hope so.

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    Im trying merino wool for the first time this year. I have Ibexs' top of the line base layer and I really like it alot. Merino wool acts as advertised and I will be buying more pieces as thr wallet permits. Merino wool isnt cheap but I have seen a few deals here from time to time and they are legit. http://www.vermontgear.com/index.html Ibex also has an outlet section and be sure to sign up for email specials.
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    Keep an eye on Steep and Cheap, I picked up this Zoic Smartwool longsleeve jersey for about $35. It's been listed on SAC 16 times so far, so it'll probably be back again. There's an Icebreaker women's Merino jersey listed there right as I type this post for over 50% off.
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    Thanks for the tip. I signed up with " Steep and Cheap ". You mentioned above the jersey was ' smartwool' although the add says ' sportwool' -- anyway this leads me to my next Q -- I checked out Smartwool's website and they got allot of jersey type pullovers, anyone know which one was designed for cycling ?

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    I have, like and recommend that Zoic jersey from Steep and cheap.
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    It's zoic sportswool not smartwool

    Smartwool is a name brand like Zoic. The Zoic sportswool is a 60/40 wool/poly blend. Smartwool doesn't have any current cycling jerseys. However, they are releasing a couple this spring. Ibex makes jerseys. Canari also makes a couple of merino jerseys.

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    I just picked up a pair of Craft wool/poly undershirts for $27 each from REI outlet (if I didn't like them I'd just return them). They have been amazing in the cold. The temperature was 43 to 45 degrees, cold humid, and the sky was overcast. I wore a thin poly shirt over the undershirt just to cut down on some of the wind penetration. The wind still cut right through both layers but as soon as I slowed down or stopped, I warmed right back up again. I was sweating pretty good at the end of the ride (3.5 hrs) but the wool kept me warm even when it was wet. With all of my thermal poly shirts, they would have been wet and freezing.

    http://www.rei.com/REI-Outlet/produc...=OUTLET_SEARCH
    The XL is a perfect fit for me. Long arms and long torso, snug but not tight in the waist, perfect break at the shoulders, and a nice fit around the neck.

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    "I was sweating pretty good at the end of the ride (3.5 hrs) but the wool kept me warm even when it was wet."

    Thats the best feature of wool of all of them
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    SAC deal right now

    2/3 off retail: Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Men's
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon
    ibex is just a expensive as swobo so i don't touch the stuff anymore...
    I just found some ibex stuff over at aebike that was 40% cheaper than the ibex site. FYI
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    Quote Originally Posted by noshortcuts
    2/3 off retail: Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Men's
    Merino Wool
    thanks picked one up
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    SAC - ? Do tell
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    Duh - never mind, figured it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times
    SAC - ? Do tell

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    Caution: Steepandcheap can be most addicting. Nuff said.

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    Really Nice Icebreaker Sweaters on S&C right now

    http://www.steepandcheap.com/

    I own one of these. I just ordered another. Phenomenal. I wear this sweater on my annual fishing trip to Alaska every Sep. I can wear it for 10days straight with no odor.
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    Ended up with a L/S Backcountry Merino jersey from SAC for $35 plus shipping -- its no ice breaker but the price was right and the quality reads good, I hope.

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    I just ordered some Icebreaker wool undies on SAC. Now I will have a good reason to scratch my butt.
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    labor of merino deals

    yea, dem icebreaker woolies on SAC were nice; such a task to catch these deals as they cycle thru the 24 hours. still, icebreaker stuff is showing up everyday, like the coronet tops which are soooo nice. my GF has been making a killing on the site as there is more women's icebreaker items, and women's bike clothing on.
    anyway, SAC has quite a bit of cycle stuff showing up: ; gloves, lycra shorts, knickers, tops of all types (MTB shoes are gone/northwave kameleons); brands such as castelli, pearl izumi, some zoic. but oakley bike stuff is gone, and the blackburn hard stuff seems exhausted too. but what comes next- who knows? heck, i saw a de rosa road frame on there the other day.
    all-in-all, SAC is definitely buying up overstock of bike related stuff than ever before.
    those ibex wool knickers on aebikes (?) is a great deal.

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    Picked up this one on SAC for $28.44. It went fast.

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    Last edited by rockhop; 08-13-2009 at 05:54 PM.

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    I have 4 or 5 icebreaker articles of clothing. Awesome gear!

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    I ended up with an icebreaker sport ltd 320 from SAC and I gotta say, I'm sold on quality Merino. It seems to keep my body temp within a closer range than the other synthetics I have. I found a guy on Ebay that sells smartwool for a pretty good price as well. I will now look for a Merino base layer t-shirt to go under the Icebreaker, somthing less than 200 gm.
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    I've seen a Pearl Izumi Mammoth Long Sleeve jersey on Performance. I think it was 20% off, approx. $80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2times
    I ended up with an icebreaker sport ltd 320 from SAC and I gotta say, I'm sold on quality Merino. It seems to keep my body temp within a closer range than the other synthetics I have. I found a guy on Ebay that sells smartwool for a pretty good price as well. I will now look for a Merino base layer t-shirt to go under the Icebreaker, somthing less than 200 gm.
    That SAC Icebreaker deal was sweet last week but they closed it before I could check out. STP has a bunch of Icebreaker stuff for discounted prices right now.

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Icebreaker.html

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    i hit that SAC deal just in time also "2 times": the sport ltd 320 merino top- what a score. i think it was up for a total of 7 to 10 mins. this version is an excellent weight, and has a great collar.
    i have to admit, i am now sated with merino. SAC is now on my block list. it is nice to see "in season" stuff come on there tho. ibex has two tops on sale. and i'll check STP for what icebreaker they have if i can comment on items. i'll keep a lookout tho; to see any other deals so we can keep it natural, the shearers in business and the sheep skittish but alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karimod
    I've seen a Pearl Izumi Mammoth Long Sleeve jersey on Performance. I think it was 20% off, approx. $80.
    Pearl AmFib is quite nice but I really don't trust anything else from them. I have a pair of thermal tights and thermal socks. The tights are paper thin with a fleece lining. Wind blows right through them and they rely on body heat and activity to maintain temperature regulation. They are only good from cool days at best. The thermal socks are thick cotton socks. As soon as they get wet, they get cold. I am going to return the socks to REI and pick up a pair of Smartwool socks.

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    Right now at Target they have their Merino sweaters on clearance. Both the turtleneck ones and V or crew collar ones. $15. I used them all last winter and so far for this winter and they work, they work, they work!

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    If you're a size large there's a sweet Ibex Woolies Long Sleeve at AEBike for only $33 from today until mid-day tomorrow.
    http://aebike.com/itemdetails.cfm?catalogId=39&id=706
    Only $4 shipping too, too bad I'm a medium.

    I recently picked up the arm warmers and knee warmers at the Ibex site on clearance for $17.50 and $20 respectively, there are very nice.

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    Steep and Cheap has icebreakers right now

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    New Belgium has a great 100% Merino Wool Jersey, $59.

    http://shop.newbelgium.com/Merchant2...tegory_Code=BJ
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    Ibex has a little price break for their midweight "boucle" line; tops make a nice jersey. again, ibex is well made stuff (tho the french theme is...just....ridiculous- oui?). i consider anything made of merino wool a long-term purchase, so quality is a major consideration.
    http://www.ibexwear.com/shop/Product...ng.php?LPID=47
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    Merino Rocks !

    I have been wearing an Icebreaker 320 gram pullover for a couple of weeks now ( not continuessly ) and have concluded that wool no longer stinks! If you have an asortment of Merino at different weights in your closet, I can't see why you would wear anything else.
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    IBEX wool clothing coupon...

    and here it is:
    BRODEAL25
    landed in me box just a wee bit ago, 25% off. Like the bottle clubs for drunks/fine drinkers, there is a sheep out there with my name on it. And no, i don't mean it thaaat way!

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    Coupon wouldn't work for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon
    and here it is:
    BRODEAL25
    landed in me box just a wee bit ago, 25% off. Like the bottle clubs for drunks/fine drinkers, there is a sheep out there with my name on it. And no, i don't mean it thaaat way!
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    Altrec Coupon, Merino to be had

    My Big Stupid Mistake as i posted the code earlier as an ibexwear deal. I pulled the wool over me own eyes! the coupon BRODEAL goes to outdoor gear site: altrec.com. SHeeeet, well if it is any consolation, altrec is a decent co. But we'll also be satisfied with it as a "today's wool deal-of-the-day" along with Ibex's sale of their 'boucle' line- nice mid weight stuff. the L/S top makes a fine jersey as said, and the last thing i don't have in merino is a nice vest.
    me apologies alpenglow and all.
    As i check, the altrec coupon does merit a merino post!
    Looked at what altrec.com has in merino, and there is a lot of ibex, icebreaker, and (also smart wool) other stuff in their outlet- doubt the 25% applies there, but when i checked in their main store i found the same prices, as example-
    the Ibex:
    Men's and women's Shak Jersey
    Men's Beezer Cycling Jersey
    Icebreaker:
    Men's Sport LTD Coronet Zip Shirt (one of my favs, thumb loops which i don't mind, rode it in the snow. got the white all over me- this is where wool shines. even wet it kept me insulated.)
    Patagonia:
    Men's Merino Wool 3 Zip Neck (I see items, like this one, tells you coupon is applicable, so i would go by that).
    So not a total loss after all...whew!

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    Icebreaker from sierratradingpost

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    thanks for the heads up on Target... i went to my local store and picked up a merino sweater for $8 on closeout

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