Outlier, the New York outfit that makes tailored cycling clothing from high performance materials has launched it's latest garment, a Merino wool t-shirt called the Empire Merino Tee after their friends from the forthcoming Empire film, a movie showcasing New York City's fastest and most skilled street riders. Check the trailer below
Made from ultra-fine New Zealand Merino wool Outlier's Tyler Clemens says it has all the usual performance benefits you'd expect from a Merino wool top: excellent wicking properties that help to shift moisture away from your skin quickly so keeping dry and warm in winter and cool in summer. Tyler says that ultra-fine nature of the yarn means that you hardly notice you've got it on (another reason for the name… clothes fit for an emporer etc, etc… I'll get my coat).
From the pics it may look not that dissimilar to a baselayer, but says Tyler the yarn is actually heavier than that used for baselayers and so should prove much more durable for use as an outer layer.
As with the rest of their range Outlier are aiming this at people who are on and off their bikes a lot during the day but who don't have the time, or inclination, to keep changing from one set of clothes to another, and who want or need to look smart… or a least smart/casual. It will set you back $75.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.