Working in a bike shop that sells cycling clothing, I hear a lot of “best material for this is…” and “you can’t possibly cycle without…”. Generally it’s all bollocks. Those of you who know me will agree I’m not really in to clothes, especially ones that have only one purpose. I cycle centuries in denim cut offs, for example, and I certainly wouldn’t turn up in full race kit for a little 8 mile ride across town to the velodrome (naming no names).
So when Nick Hussey from Vulpine asked me to test out his merino T-shirt I approached it with my usual skepticism for clothing made of a claimed “wonder material” cut specifically for cycling. All I can say is how misplaced my doubts were. After 4 straight days of wearing (thats right, without washing it!) in which I’ve cycled at least 60 or 70 miles, got blind drunk twice and spent a day being the mechanic in work the t shirt looks (and smells) as fresh as the day I put it on.
Merino seems to have an incredible set of properties that were almost designed for cyclists. Just like normal wool it will trap air next to your body keeping you warm if it’s cold out, but if you sweat merino wicks it away from your body quickly helping it evaporate and keeping you cool… Finally the best bit is it’s natural antibacterial properties, avoiding smells even after a 4 day birthday weekend of hard riding and hard drinking (in my case!)
Now we get to the cut and quality; I can’t fault it. Not a stitch out of place and a nice long, slim fit great for keeping you covered in the right places both on and off the bike. Cheers for the t-shirt Nick! I’ve got a feeling more merino will be entering my wardrobe soon.
You can buy these t’s from me at work