Does the idea of making that chilly morning commute dressed in wool leave you scratching like a sheep in need of a haircut? Think again. Gone are the days of itchy wool clothing. Merino wool is not only durable, but soft and comfortable. It’s the best natural material for wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping your body temperature regulated during the cold months and is cooler than cotton if the temperatures start to rise. With those unpredictable temperatures right around the corner, here are some great products to keep you prepared and looking good.
Wool Arm Warmers from Ibex
Ibex is an outdoor clothing company specializing in top-quality Merino wool. Based out of Vermont, the founder and employees bike to work themselves, so they know how to keep warm. Made of 83.6% New Zealand Merino Wool and nylon and spandex for durability and snug fit, these arm warmers are the perfect cold weather accessory. The best part is when you get to your destination, you can just slip them off and roll them up in your bag. Made in USA. Machine washable. Comes in S, M, and L.
The Ibex Wool Arm Warmer is sold on Amazon for $25-40.
The Merino Wool Cycling Cap from Pace Sportswear
Pace Sportswear, an innovator in cycling caps, has provided products for bike shops and racing teams, including Campagnolo. This version of their popular cycling cap is not only all-natural, but is also made with a 5-panel dome to cover both your neck and ears. Keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while absorbing moisture to ensure you stay dry and odor-free. The color scheme makes for a retro style and is also reversible. Made in USA. Machine washable. One size fits all.
Sells for $45.00 at Amazon.
The Ibex Men‘s Commuter Shak Full Zipping Jersey
Another selection from Ibex, this cycling jacket, though a bit more pricey than most, will ultimately be a better investment for the eco-conscious commuter. Most of the wool cycling jackets on the market are less than 50% wool, but the Ibex is 100% Merino wool from New Zealand. This one also comes with two zippered back pockets convenient for holding your cell phone or keys. Reviews on the Ibex website came in at a 4.7 out of 5. Made in USA. Machine washable. Also comes in black, red, and lava brown. Men’s sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL.
The Ibex Commuter Shak Full Zipping Jersey sells for $175.00 at Ibex.
Cycling Gloves by Hincapie Sportswear
The Hincapie Family including George Hincapie, Tour de France cyclist, got into the cycling clothing business by launching Hincapie Sportswear back in 2002. Their clothing and accessory line has received rave reviews. These Merino wool gloves offer non-skid silicone grippers and a stretch to fit design. They will leave you itch-free as you grip those handlebars on your way to work. Made in USA. One size fits all.
The Hincapie Cycling Gloves retail for $24.99.
SmartWool PHD Cycling Light Mini Socks
Finally, don’t neglect your feet. SmartWool, a company started by some New England Ski instructors, makes some of the best reviewed socks for outdoor wear. Again, those New Englanders know about meshing warmth with comfort. They wanted the warmth of a wool sock without the itchy foot syndrome. They’ve got every kind of wool sock you could want, from the funky stripes to the more subdued colors if you’re off to work. These particular ones offer a 4-degree fit system to ensure a secure grip around ankles and prevent bunching. Also features mesh zones for ventilation and cushioning for shock and abrasion. Unisex. Made in USA. Machine washable.
The SmartWool PHD Cycling Light Mini Sock can be found at Amazon for $15.95.