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.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.