/ Merino or Bamboo for the real sweaters?
Don't hesitate - get some bamboo stuff. The baselayers and T shirts I have are really great to wear - they fit, stretch, are nice next to the skin, no itch whatsoever (and I can find merino a bit itchy sometimes), last longer between washes when they have to, and provide a perfect base (or top layer on the single layer days (usually abroad)). I have a number of the long sleeved ones Trekmates do, both zip neck and T designs that are often available on line or TK Maxx for £15 - £20 each. Very thin and don't expect them to last a lifetime but I swear by them now. I've also just got short sleeved T shirts by BAM very cheaply indeed on ebay and they are similarly good to wear.
Bamboo is very nice - smoother than merino - but it takes an age to dry when you wash it. I wouldn't use it when getting wet and cold was a possibility.
I recall reading that bamboo uses loads of really noxious and polluting chemicals in the manufacture process. Not sure where tho.
Merino is just lovely, stick to natural, wearable fibres !
> I recall reading that bamboo uses loads of really noxious and polluting chemicals in the manufacture process. Not sure where tho.
I've heard that too. I think bamboo isn't as revolutionary as it sounds - it's just viscose/rayon. It is still processed heavily to give us the yarn. I haven't investigated very far to see how green it actually is but I suspect that the manufacturers might be leading us on a bit. Bamboo as a source material is probably quite green, but this clothing is certainly not made of a 'natural' product.
My bamboo socks are lovely though - warm and comfortable.
On the other hand even though fabric technology and treatments have improved in recnt years, synthetic base layers still smell quicker than merino.
> On the other hand even though fabric technology and treatments have improved in recnt years, synthetic base layers still smell quicker than merino.
I agree with all that, though I'd also add that I've found merino stuff to retain heat better, so is still my preference when its cold and I'm likely to be sweating regardless of what I'm wearing
I'm a big sweater when I'm moving but also feel the cold very badly. I really like merino but find it's best to avoid since it ends up just getting wet as it doesn't wick in the way that polypro does. So I also use polypro (my fave at the moment is a Berghaus Argentum baselayer. If it's really cold I wear a Brynje super thermo t-shirt underneath. Great combo!
I'm or convinced by bamboo yet. I got some bamboo socks to try them out. First impressions good. They were warm, comfortable and stink resistant. I have noticed however after a few washes(10+) the stretch is going out of them and thus getting harder to put on. Only ever washed them at 30 degrees so heat is not the culprit.
Anyone else had similar issues?
'Yes' to this, too
I got a couple of their merino jumpers a few years back. Not sure I got the bargain you did, but I'm sure they were no more than £20. Amazing value, had the fit and quality look of one a colleague paid £100 for from Charles Tyrwitt?
As for the OP, I have a couple of HH Lifa baselayers and Icebreaker Merino
baselayers, leggings and pants (all 200 weight).
The HH I use for running and climbing as it isn't warm but apart from cotton, anything half decent is ok up to 1/2M or 2 hours. I am warm enough not to worry with a Salomon Goretex Windproof on top.
For long distance walking I find HH unbearable. It starts to feel cheap after a few hours and I am incredibly aware of the sweat on my body. Merino wool wraps around you and I haven't found Icebreaker to be itchy. When you are pushing hard Nothing gets rid of sweat. Icebreaker is warm with no loss of comfort when wet. It also drys quickly as does the HH.
I also use Smartwool socks fwiw. Do everything you want warm socks to do and they are exceptionally durable. Hope that helps
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