100% Merino Long Sleeve Baselayer by Isadore Apparel
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You know it’s getting cold when you start wearing the merino! With winter at our door, we put the new 100% merino long sleeve baselayer by Isadore Apparel to the test.
Size is a Medium and colour is ‘grey’.
PROS: Superb quality merino material, good sleeve length, nice thumb hole feature
Quality and Comfort
This is an extremely well made baselayer with very good quality merino being used for total warmth and breathability. The 250g/m merino is comfortable with a soft touch to the garment and feel very nice against your skin.
Being soft and extremely slim fitting, it provides a ‘second-skin’ feel which keeps you extremely warm on cold rides. There’s no tight or loose areas of merino to cause any discomfort during your rides.
The body length is very good, allowing you to tuck it into your bibs, and the sleeve length is also noticeably good. We especially like the thumb holes which allow you to pull the sleeves down and wear them like gloves. Nice!
The seams are nice and flat to avoid chaffing or rubbing, and the neckline is nice and low to avoid rubbing or tight areas while riding.
100% merino results in 100% warmth. This is a very good baselayer for those cold rides near to freezing, thanks to the natural characteristics of the chosen merino wool for this top. Being extremely slim fitting, it also performs well underneath other long sleeve jerseys and jackets, allowing you to layer up with only one or two garments.
Size and Fit
Size on review is a Medium which fits my 92cm chest extremely well. The arm length is perfect, providing full coverage of your wrists to block out any cold air while riding, and the thumb holes provide a nice way of keeping the arms in place while riding.
The body also fits extremely well with good length and rear end coverage. The overall fit is very good for a merino baselayer, there’s no scrimping on the amount of fabric used in this top.
Value for Money
Prices at £55 GBP, we feel this is an exceptionally good price for 250g/m 100% merino. You get a a very warm baselayer that’s going to keep you protected in the most adverse temperatures.
This is one of the best baselayers available to buy for cyclists. The price is more than justified for 100% merino and Isadore Apparel have put a lot of thought into those sleeves with the thumb hole. We love it!