sportwool/merino jerseys

by Fringe   April 30, 2009  

does anyone know of any good merino/sportwool jerseys that aint Rapha, or Colomba and are resonably priced, i.e. not £95 like the Rapha ones.. cheers.

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We've got a 100 per cent Merino prototype jersey in to try out, but haven't really been able to put it through its paces yet. Going to get out in it over the weekend and see how it goes - it's not scratchy around the office - so that's a start! Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
1st May 2009 - 14:35

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Be interesting to see what you think - the only drawback I find with wool is the pockets sag if you have anying heavy in them. Other than that I think they feel great and are usually fine for the British summer and with a base and arms get you through most of the year.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
1st May 2009 - 19:04

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I'm going to load up the pockets to see if they go saggy

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
1st May 2009 - 19:55

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Looks like Swrve have a nice one for just £38 and it's 100% merino:
http://www.swrve.co.uk/baselayers.html

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posted by michophull [106 posts]
4th May 2009 - 21:50

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after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour0 as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
7th May 2009 - 11:50

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Fringe wrote:
after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour0 as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

The Rapha one is probably designed with middle-aged spread in mind Thinking

Spinning on a wheel

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posted by Hammy [97 posts]
7th May 2009 - 12:33

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to go along with the handsome pension and grandiose bonus as well i expect..my brother in Italy (who happens to live at the bottom of a few 'hills') says on sundays he sees well paid CEO's with top notch Colnagos getting driven by the wife up to the top of said hills and then coasting down dressed in all their 'stylish' clobber..

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
7th May 2009 - 13:10

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Now come on guys, I'm starting to get offended here...

I'm 6'1" and weigh 11 stone 0, a 31" waist and 40" chest and Rapha jerseys fit me perfectly!

Good choice on the Colomba top though, they are very nice.

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
7th May 2009 - 13:46

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thanks. they are nice (colomba top that is) theres a ltd. edition Rapha jersey on ebay at the moment btw, white with black stripe and 'Aubisque' in black on the chest, very nice too... £70 starting price, if it fits, its a bargin..

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
7th May 2009 - 13:54

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I've got the Pink Mortirolo version of that with a white band and the route of the climb embroidered on the back pocket. It's one of my favourite tops

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
7th May 2009 - 14:41

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nice. is that your pub ride jersey?!

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
7th May 2009 - 14:45

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Yeah, my Treorchy high street TT jersey!

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posted by DaSy [649 posts]
7th May 2009 - 15:31

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This is a really nice jersey:

http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/shop-for-men-143/bodywear-146/s-s-jerseys-...

Saw it at the Bike Show but don't need another jersey, and under £60 posted. I have the Ibex base layer, arm warmers and 3/4's and it is all quality stuff.

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posted by Blackhound [449 posts]
7th May 2009 - 20:41

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Yes, I thought they looked good - tried to get one in for test a few months ago, but never got a reply Sad

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
7th May 2009 - 20:47

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
8th May 2009 - 13:00

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I love that jersey in white, exactly what I'm after and would even pay rapha prices if I had to (and I am a notorious tightwad). I tried their find a dealer and searched on "United Kingdom" but the nearest dealer is in Canada (though bizarrely it points it out on the map as being near Grimsby!)
I must have it! Crying

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
8th May 2009 - 20:23

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You could try here, http://epgtonline.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=32680

I went for the international distributor option to try and find a UK contact on the Louis Garneau site - they certainly used to have a UK distributor - if they still do whoever it is isn't listed on the site… although if you ever find yourself in the Central African Republic with a hankering for a bit of merino action Louis G style you won't be disappointed.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
8th May 2009 - 20:51

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Cheers Tony- I'll give that link ago.

I feel another ebay clearout coming on to ease the guilt of buying it!

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
9th May 2009 - 15:22

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Hey Tony,

You may have emailed Ibex and not us, as we certainly would have replied Smile

Pop a mail over if you would like any Ibex to test.

Kind regards,

Pete

AlwaysRiding.co.uk

posted by Peterh [10 posts]
25th May 2009 - 22:22

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You're right Pete It was Ibex.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
26th May 2009 - 9:34

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http://www.howies.co.uk/section.php/16/0 ?

Baselayers rather than 'jerseys' though.

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posted by ctznsmith [102 posts]
26th May 2009 - 13:43

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Hammy wrote:
Fringe wrote:
after a bit of dithering i went and ordered Rapha club jersey and a Colomba also, the Rapha went back (sadly, lovely red colour) as it didnt fit right, too tight round shoulders and neck and saggy round middle. im skinny, tallish etc. Anyhow the Coloumba was a better fit for me, and £30 less to boot..ta for all yer help. cheers.

The Rapha one is probably designed with middle-aged spread in mind Thinking

I'm skinny, 6 feet tall, and usually find Rapha medium are a good fit. But their sizing is a bit unreliable. I sent one back because its neck hole was too big.

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posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
26th May 2009 - 16:29

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interesting to know that, next time i come into some cash i may try them again..thanks.

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
26th May 2009 - 20:52

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TheHatter wrote:
Be interesting to see what you think - the only drawback I find with wool is the pockets sag if you have anying heavy in them. Other than that I think they feel great and are usually fine for the British summer and with a base and arms get you through most of the year.

Finally got out for a couple of rides in the all merino jersey - at one point I had to stick my water bottle in the pocket - if it had sagged any lower there would have been a danger of it dropping in to my back wheel. Wasn't too bad with a phone and multi-tool though the pockets have kept their shape so far although they are starting to gape a bit.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
6th June 2009 - 22:17

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tony_farrelly wrote:
TheHatter wrote:
- at one point I had to stick my water bottle in the pocket - .

was that to make your bike lighter? Smile

I was out in my Descente merino today with a rapha merino base layer and for once got it right as I was not too hot or cold at any point.

As I didnt win the Colomba jersey Crying I may have to fork out and actually buy one - or is the prototype you have going to be worth waiting for Tony?

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
7th June 2009 - 14:39

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Not sure how long it will be before the prototype hits the shelves, syle-wise though it's a very understated number, if the crisp, classic look if what your after I reckon you'd be better off with the Colomba - stretchy or not, given the outfit whose prototype it is the production version isn't going to be cheap.

Anyway, thought you were hankering after that Louis Garneau number?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
7th June 2009 - 18:32

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never managed to find a source for the LG jersey - the 'international' distributor was no use and LG never responded to my email. I think Colomba's the one - just a shame that its not 100% wool

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
7th June 2009 - 19:29

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if you do go for a Colomba jersey i suggest that when you wash it that you turn it inside out, as i forgot too once and this has caused the back print to start to peel and come off..

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
8th June 2009 - 11:16

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I got one from these lot, personalised... number 1 of 1.

lovely.

http://www.oregoncyclewear.com/woolcyclingjersey.html

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
8th June 2009 - 16:13

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Nice. How much did that set you back Jimmy?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
8th June 2009 - 19:06

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