There are a lot of misconceptions about merino wool, many of which are addressed here in this video by Patagonia, showcasing their new Merino Air™ baselayers. I’ve tried these products on and was really impressed with them. When it comes to bikepacking, camping and even travel, I usually wear as much merino as I can. It’s nice seeing the fabric pushed into a new realm…
Rocky Mountain reached out to local jersey manufacturers, Cima Coppi to create 100% merino wool short and long sleeve jerseys featuring their 1980’s throwback logo. They’re in stock now in small quantities, so hurry over to Rocky Mountain.
Merino wool by itself is one of the best materials for cycling, year round. Add modal, nylon and spandex to it and suddenly you’ve got a form fitting, durable and stretchy garment. Perfect for a base layer.
The Showers Pass Body-Mapped Baselayer is first and foremost that: a baselayer that stretches to your body’s contours. Yet add it to the Showers Pass jacket line and you’ll find the ventilation areas match up, allowing excess heat in areas where you sweat to be released, keeping your winter rides more comfortable. At least in your torso.
See more at Showers Pass.
Kitsbow’s made in Canada, merino wool Riding Tees are back in stock, now in new colors. Perfect for touring, MTB riding, cross riding and even off-the-bike afternoons. Mix in a set of arm warmers to keep you warm during winter dawn patrols. Merino is warm and naturally anti-microbial, so it won’t smell after a ride.
See more at Kitsbow.
Fall is my favorite riding season, particularly because of the apparel offerings and layering options. There’s nothing like climbing for hours, stripping layers to descend in the brisk, chilly air wearing a favorite jacket.
With each year’s season change come new offerings from brands, one of which I’ve been really enjoying is Café du Cycliste. They just launched their fall / winter 2014 lookbook and it’s looking great.
Also, see a few more photos below.
This ain’t your boyfriend’s tank top. This is a tailored garment, made from the finest merino wool and sewn in New York City. Outlier needs no introduction, but their women’s clothing does. Head over to Outlier to check out the latest garments.
It’s spring and when I go camping, I’m always bringing Outlier’s clothes with me!
These new Cedar Cycling standard short and long sleeve jerseys look amazing. I’m way into the color choices too. Stoked to see the women and men’s line taking off for this brand. Scoop up some Made in the USA goodness at Cedar Cycling today and check out more photos below.
Here’s a new company trying to bust into the made in the USA merino apparel scene. It’s a Kickstarter but if this brand makes it, I’ll be buying some gear. Now just make a crew neck!
Cedar Cycling is having a huge sale on all their made in the USA merino cycling apparel. This includes all jerseys! For $105 you can have your pick with free shipping. Not bad at all, especially for the ladies who want to snag one of those killer women’s jerseys.
Swoop at Cedar Cycling!
… Just so happens to be the simplest one and this time, it comes in an array of colors. Ultrafine merino wool, sewed in NYC and designed by Outlier.
I know it’s hard to look at photos of a product online and determine its craft, or quality and thus, its worth or value. Especially with everyone and their mum doing outerwear these days. I’ve heard a lot about this brand, Café du Cycliste, but like you, I’d never seen it in person.
During my last trip to Melbourne, Malachi from Northside Wheelers had some pieces from the line in stock and it looked great. So here I am, saying that yes, indeed I believe the merino line is indeed worth the asking price.
See the full Café du Cycliste line here!
As I’m packing for Australia, I was going over some essentials and two things I always take with me are a rain jacket and a lightweight, merino pullover. When layered, the combination ensures dry, breathable warmth. I’ve been using the Faroe pullover from Mission Workshop since they first released it. It’s the best merino pullover I’ve owned in both fit and durability. Now, don’t be mistaken. A lot of people will say there are cheaper options, but those options use Chinese merino and are made overseas.
The Faroe is made from doubleknit Australian wool and is made in San Francisco, California.
Mission just received stock of the Faroe in this grey color. Pick one up at Mission Workshop and you won’t regret it.
I love the idea of a merino tie-dye tee and if I have faith that anyone can do it, it’s Outlier:
“It’s no secret that we think our pure 17.5 micron merino is a gem on its own and makes for the best damn t-shirt we’ve ever worn. So we took a little trip at the studio and hand tie-dyed a small batch of them using natural indigo to make the best damn tie-dyed shirt we’ve ever worn. Made in the Bay Area with New Zealand Fabric and hand-dyed at the Outlier Studio in Brooklyn. We hand-dyed a small batch of 30, and due to the nature of the process, each piece is unique.
A note about the dyeing process:
We took our Near White Ultrafine Merino T-Shirts, wrapped them up and immersed them in natural indigo dye. When the shirts are removed, the indigo oxidizes creating a permanent bond with the merino fibers. The shirts are then treated with a dye fixative, then washed with a special detergent to remove any extraneous particles and finally hung to dry in a sunny corner of our studio. Since they’re hand dyed, there will be variation in each of the patterns.”
If I could roll around in head to toe merino wool every day, I would. Well, maybe not pants, but still. The fabric is very addicting. Cedar Cycling’s new and improved merino tees and blended tees hit their shop today. I hear that real men wear pink…
We still have some stock in the PiNP x Cedar jerseys, too. So head to the PiNP Web Shop to scoop!
Since most of my products usually sell out within minutes, I made sure Cedar Cycling made enough of our collaboration Merino Jersey. We still have stock and after a lot of demand, are taking wholesale orders for shops.
Today, Mission Workshop launched their new merino wool hoodie, the Torre:
“The Torre is a classic casual hoodie made with a unique 380 Gram, 18.9 Micron New Zealand Merino wool reinforced with core filalment Lycra. Developed exclusively for Mission Workshop, this fabric results in an exceptionally durable garment that will be a staple for years to come.
Additional details include classic single welt handwaramer pockets, YKK zipper, a semi fitted hood and two concealed zippered pockets.
Made in San Francisco, California.”
Check out more at Mission Workshop.
Photo by Emiliano Granado
Complete your Outlier wardrobe with the new Megafine Merino socks:
“Built with 15.5 micron merino, the Outlier Megafine Merino Sock is likely the finest sock you’ll ever step into. Beautifully soft, breathable and temperature regulating, this high grade of merino is the best natural performance material we’ve sourced. It’s the equivalent of Super 160s wool, virtually unheard of outside of the world’s most luxurious suiting.
The Outlier Megafine Merino Sock, gentle yet tough, a dream on your feet. Available now on the Outlier Webshop in Black for $24.”
Cadence has a new Merino Wool Cycling Cap to keep your head warm this winter. You can never go wrong with Merino!