/ Decathlon Merino Base Layer?
Anyone tried/ have one? Good/ Bad points? Thinking of getting one, don't want to waste the money if its not worth it.
Don't know about that one but FWIW I have a thin orange Decathlon merino T-shirt that I got in a clearout for £7, I think it was originally nearer £26, and it is fantastic. Better than the Aldi ones - less itchy and better wicking. Seems robust too - it has gone through plenty of wash cycles.
Just to elaborate on my reply - Quechua gear always seems to be good value so even if a sub-£10 RRP item seems a bit, er, sub-£10, something like this at the £20+ level is probably going to be damn good.
I've had one of their for about three years, probably the best merino shirt I've tried. Tighter fitting and doesn't go baggy like a Patagonia one I have and Devold. Mine has seams a long the the shoulder tops - not normally a great idea, but have never had problems with it even when wearing it all day.
Best thing of all with mine was the guy on till forgot to beep it and just stuck it in the bag so it was free!
I've got one and it is excellent and limited in the same ways as all merino stuff i.e. It doesn't smell and is very warm but doesn't wick like a synthetic and takes longer to dry.
If you like merino stuff then they're not just great value but great fullstop.
Cheers guys, sounds good and looks perfect for what I need.
I have a t-shirt that I have been very happy with, only cost a tenner in the Sale, but the boxers have been awful-holes aplenty in the buttock area where the material has gotten thin.
TK Maxx have Red Ram Icebreaker tops going for £20, and also some Aussie brand, but I cannot remember the brand.
If you don't mind waiting a while for delivery, Sports Pursuit have some cracking merino deals. I got some Janus (Norwegian, I think) boxers that I am very happy with.
I have got a short sleeve merino t-shirt from decathlon for £7 a couple of years ago and performs exactly the same as my icebreaker which cost £40. Also as already mentioned by someone else, the t-shirt hasn't sagged or stretched so is like brand new still. Great comfort, fit and build quality, i think mine should have been £25 which even then is a good price.
I've worn through several pairs of Icebreaker boxers.
Why do we expect stuff to last forever??
I've also worn through some M&S ones, admittedly they were cheaper.
Same here, except mine is about 4 years old and still going strong.
Didn't you tell him - or go back and pay him?
(Or am I just horribly old-fashioned?)
Genuinely didn't notice until we were at home - about an hours drive away, but I've spent plenty in Decathlon over the years so I must say I really didn't feel particularly bad about it. I don't think that makes me a too terrible a person.
Perhaps I'm just harder on kit than most, but I went to pull my Decathlon merino top over my head and the fabric tore around the neck, something which hasn't happened with my Howies ones.
Perhaps it's just me and Decathlon tops are fine. Either way, Howies are part of a scheme where the welfare of the merino sheep their wool comes from is guaranteed, which something to keep in mind.
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