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Patagonia Merino Air

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:17 pm

Anyone purchase one of the shirts/hoodies yet, made from Merino wool blended with synthetic Capilene, sounds like the best of both worlds? Would love to hear your first hand experience with this new material, very tempted to pull the trigger on one of these.

Patagonia writes:
Waning daylight and suspect weather have you climbing fast, but you’re still two long pitches from topping out. Fortunately, inside this warm, intrinsically soft crew, every situation feels like it must have a silver lining. We make all our Merino Air® baselayers from a blend of Merino wool sourced from the grasslands of Patagonia (51%) and 100% recycled polyester (49%). We spin the wool fibers with an innovative technology that creates a loftier yarn with a superior warmth-to-weight ratio. The lofted wool and recycled polyester yarns are then knit directly into a seamless garment. The result is a baselayer with superior performance qualities; it offers a stretchy, chafe-free fit, lightweight warmth, exceptional breathability and the natural odor-fighting properties of wool.
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Re: Patagonia Merino Air

Postby fishmonger » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:08 am

Stoic (Backcountry.com house brand) has had this type of fabric for a while. I don't quite understand where the benefit is. Maybe durability on the very thin layers, where I have seen Merino fail after just a season of use. Other than that, I think Merino is totally superior to any synthetic, so I avoid the hybrid fabrics. Maybe I should try it once.
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Re: Patagonia Merino Air

Postby maverick » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:44 am

Stoic (Backcountry.com house brand) has had this type of fabric for a while.


Thought the Stoic used nylon/wool, and not a wool/polyester blend, was looking into a blend material a while back and came across it. Arcteryx has some new blended shirts, but their prices.
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Re: Patagonia Merino Air

Postby oldhikerQ » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:02 am

Maverick,
Have you made any decision yet on the Patagonia merino air? I just saw that Backpacker made it one of their editors choice picks for 2016. I'm thinking of getting one to replace my cap 4 zip tee for my post-walking dinner time before down jacket comfort layer. Lighter than the cap 4, and hopefully more useful back in civilization.
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Re: Patagonia Merino Air

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:31 am

Have you made any decision yet on the Patagonia merino air?


No, not yet.
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