I mentioned recently that I made a trip to Portland, and for me no trip to Portland would be complete without a visit to the icebreaker store on Burnside. Since being introduced to merino wool shirts a few years back, I have worn one for every single bike commute. The one thing that bummed me out was that the only merino wool t-shirts offered seemed to be dark colors. This meant that I had to change into white cotton t-shirts when I got to work because a dark colored t-shirt will most often look awkward underneath a dress shirt.
When I walked into the icebreaker store last month I almost shouted "Yessss!" when I saw what I had been hoping for, a white t-shirt. While the shirt was not shout out loud white-white, I was confident that it would do the job of meshing with a work shirt so I bought several of them. I have been very pleased. They definitely serve the same purpose as a white cotton t-shirt for work purposes. The color is called ivory and the picture below shows a side-by-side comparison with a traditional white cotton shirt on the left and the ivory merino wool shirt on the right.
As I covered in an earlier post, I definitely believe merino wool shirts are worth the money. It costs more up front, but as far as performance is concerned they blow all other shirts I have worn away. I can wear them a number of days before they need washing and they are not itchy at all.
I used to have a closet full of cotton and cotton blended t-shirts and I now only keep a few around for when I engage in dirty or greasy tasks and I don't care what happens to the shirt. With the lighter color option, I can now wear merino wool all the time, on my commute and throughout the day.