By Colin Dennis
RRP: £55.00 Sizes: S M L XL
Size tested: M
The beauty of Solo’s lightweight Merino wool baselayer is that it makes the perfect under garment all year round – remember British summer time?
Solo’s long sleeve Merino baselayer fits the bill perfectly. 150g super fine Merino wool is comfy as an old coat from the moment you slip it on. There’s no itching, no riding up the fore arms either as the cut of the sleeves is super-long.
It’s long in the body too, just as a good baselayer is intended. You have to keep the lower back warm and this only comes from garment that’s long enough to tuck right down into your bib tights or shorts.
The best Merino wool comes from New Zealand, any Kiwi can tell you that. Although many countries breed Merino sheep, it’s New Zealand Merino that takes the laurels.
Flatlock seams throughout Solo’s Merino baselayer ensures that there’s no pressure points anywhere, again this is only to be expected from a quality garment, and thankfully, Solo clothing only deal in the best designs and materials.
As cyclists we tend to warm up pretty quick when out riding so you don’t need to go overboard with thick undergarments so the 150g fine Merino of this baselayer is good enough for the wet and cold we seem to enjoy in this country.
Layer up to get the best results, but like all good Merino wool baselayers, Solo’s offering will provide ample protection in all but the very coldest of temperatures. Thankfully we don’t get them here in the UK.
Another great thing about Merino wool is that it deals with body odours naturally so it’s quite normal to wear a quality baselayer like Solo’s for more than one, even two rides.
It may take some convincing to your partner but the natural Lanolin found in Merino wool is friendlier than any chemical additives put into your washing machine.
In summary: Nature’s way to body temperature control and warmth, Merino wool works all year round and the Solo Merino long sleeve baselayer is hard to beat in quality and on price.
For further information click here to read our guide to baselayers and layering up.