open topic, for anything cycling related.
Looking for recommendation on where you have (if you have) purchased thermal innerwear - most of the options cost over $50.00 for top long sleeves and another $50 for long pants.
Anywhere you've found cheaper options?
Please note I'am not looking for cycling wear necessarily, this is more for innerwear at hwork and possible at home.
Wiggle's home brand is always out of sizes, hence I'am looking to the cool kids for some reco
I bought a base layer merino top at Kathmandu yesterday. It was $55 though. I don't think you can get much for less than that as merino just is expensive. If you buy much cheaper it will be scratchy.
I often find Icebreaker on clearance at bivouac in NZ online. Postage is always free and quick. As somebody who has been involved at the research end of wool and textile production, don't get tempted by cheap brands. Wool will have a thicker diameter, making it more itchy for a small % of the population and more so for women, or the wool will have lower quality fibres that result in holes appearing quickly. Another trick of cheap merino products is to use wax that makes its feel soft in the store but it soon washes out. I also found good stuff from groundeffects also in NZ. There windbreaker merino singlet lasted more than 4 years commuting on the northern tablelands.
I have bought from these guys a few different sorts of ice breaker bottom pieces, both the cycling chamois decked out and just normal thermals
Don't forget to change to AU$ - prices seem to be within your threshold.
They periodically discount their stock so its a good idea to get on their mailing list
I was mostly interested in them for their hygienic qualities out on the road ... although given the most toxic part of the cycling shorts will be the chamois (which obviously isn't a merino construction - lol) , its not really so much of a plus. I find the 3/4 ones the best for active wear.
Got these on special last year for $49 each from memory.
https://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/DC ... sleeve-top
Excellent. Doesn't stink and doesn't get hot if the weather warms up.
I bought about $3oo dollars of camping gear(gear that was on sale-50-60% off) man who can afford to pay their retail price? could spend a week on a overseas holiday with one or two jackets..
Cycling shops have got nothing on this joint for price mark up, the chick behind the counter said she had accidently seen the NZ price list and said id be supprised how much the markup is.
I wont be back any time soon or latter for that matter unless iv got warranty issues
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I bought the same top over summer for $30. Also the matching tights for another $30. I haven't worn them yet but the way the temperature has dropped this week it won't be long until I do.
Kathmandu don't really have sales. Instead, they regularly and temporarily jack their prices up by 100-120%, and take down the "Clearance sale" signs for a week or so
Don't even go in to a Kathmandu store when they're on one of their anti-sale cycles. Just wait a couple of weeks for the prices to get back to normal.
As for merino base-layers - http://www.on-one.co.uk often have good deals. Especially for "bundle" package-deals. Freight can be a bit steep, but that just means you need to buy more stuff to spread the freight cost over...
Ice Beaker make some excellent garments.
Factory outlet is in Melbourne, but I've purchased online and had delivery to Perth with no problem. http://www.factoryoutletshopping.com.au/Directory/2334/Icebreaker_Australia.aspx#.UXZ5assaySM
Hope this helps.
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If it just for home and work , personally I think you can't go past the thermals that lowes sell ( must be the honey Combe ) it's all I wear for work can't tell you the brand as they are that old the tags have worn off.
Few years ago I bought done da-mart stuff the coldest rating well was crap probably would of been warmer in a singlet
Long enough, any longer and they would bother me.
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