I have been working on a hack recently and realized that a previous post that is in our Word Press archives would help to serve as a reference point. This entry is a Bike Hacks Classic and I will likely have a few related posts up soonish . . .
Outlier is a bike clothing retailer that occasionally sends press releases our way. In response to one of their releases I emailed them and said Bike Hacks would be happy to wear test anything they would like to send along. They responded by sending one of their merino wool tees for me to wear test -
I was quite skeptical at first, mainly because in the past wool products have always caused me to itch. I remember when I was a kid my mom gave me some wool socks to ski in and it was torturous because with hard plastic ski boots on, it's impossible to scratch your itchy feet.
I have put the Outlier merino tee through several weeks of commuting and I can state unequivocally that I am 100% sold on merino wool. It does not itch at all and is extremely resistant to odor. After my morning and evening commutes I simply hang the tee over my bike to air out and it only starts to stink about after a week.
The summer might be a different story (I have been riding in extremely cold weather) but this shirt performs like no other shirt I have owned in my life. It is hard to believe it took me almost four full decades of inhabiting this planet to discover the joy of wearing wool.
The issue that might shock some, like it did me at first, is the price of merino wool tees. Outlier for example prices them at $75.
However, Outlier makes the shirts in the U.S. (local to where I live in NYC), they are high quality, and perform incredibly well. There are other companies that produce similar t-shirts so it is possible to shop around. I actually made a visit to Paragon Sports in NYC recently and they had base layer merino wool tees, made by Icebreaker, for around $50.
So if you are looking for a high quality tee that will perform well, will lighten your laundry load and you want to support an NYC start up company, do consider Outlier.