Jan 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm #1312334
Kevin BurtonBPL Member
I want to buy a wool top as I think this will work out better for me at night.
But … 85 bucks? Come on… that's silly.
Is wool really that pricey?
Is there a good alternative with reasonable pricing?Jan 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm #2065227
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Sometimes you can find Army issue wool field clothing. It tends to be green.
I skied for thirty years in Army issue Class A wool uniform trousers. It was worsted wool, so it was very smooth. I had a green soft wool shirt, but it was pretty scratchy.
Don't wash them hot.
–B.G.–Jan 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm #2065235
Steve KBPL Member
@skomaeLocale: northeastern US
Uniqlo has $40 merino wool sweaters, lightweight and perfect as a warmer base layer or lightweight mid. Quality is as good as anything else out there, but half the price.Jan 22, 2014 at 3:45 pm #2065239
Stephen AdamsBPL Member
Bought a Merino wool top for $19 a couple of weeks ago at the Costco in Wenatchee Wash.
Worn it a couple times and seems good.Jan 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm #2065242
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I picked up a smartwool t-shirt and an icebreaker long sleeve for $30 each at steap and cheap a while back. Look for sales.Jan 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm #2065258
just Justin WhitsonMember
Yep, a lot of the sport/outdoor wool brands are quite pricey, but if you're willing to look outside the box, you can find amazing deals on thin merino sweaters.
I especially look for the ones that have some synthetic in them, to help with wear and tear and speed up dry times a bit.
Stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Costco, etc often have them pretty inexpensive, and i've also found a bunch of lightweight, mid weight, and heavier weight mernio or lambs wool sweaters at thrift stores.Jan 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm #2065262
@fluffinreach-comLocale: no. california
try minus33.comJan 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm #2065316
Sumi WadaBPL Member
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
STP regularly has Smartwool and Icebreaker merino baselayers on sale, often closeouts of last season's colors. Sign up for STP's "DealFlyer" emails and they will constantly send you discount codes for an additional 15-30% off.
For instance, right now, Smartwool microweight merino crew is $30 after all the discounts, lightweight quarter-zip is $38. Regular prices would be in the $65-85 range.Jan 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm #2065344
Definitely STP…An Icebreaker Oasis 200 top is $35.72 + shipping with the current 35% off codes floating around…these are my go-to base layers for everything short of summer.
-Mark in St. LouisJan 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm #2065363
eric chanBPL Member
just buy em at 50%+ off ….
MEC also makes merino but its not as cheap as it used to be, though they do go on clearance
bankbreaker also makes the "red ram" line which is 200 wt and is often on sale
and "lesser" brands tend to be cheaper, but work fine functionally
smartwool, bankbreaker, ibex, etc … all those wooly companies arent worth it at full price …
;)Jan 23, 2014 at 5:09 am #2065392
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
STP gets plenty of very high end brands (Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear) that are "last year's model" or color. Always has wool base layers and sweaters.
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