• dan26dlp

    Why does he reccomend the 50%cotton 50% polyester? it seems like it would not do anything Merino would do and is really not an alternative. Polyester and cotton notoriously retain wetness and smell, and are very hot.

    • NomadicJake

      My point is that merino wool t-shirts generally lack a lot of style and are only conducive to ultra-light packing or hiking.

      I’ve since found a merino wool shirt I like, but it took a lot of trial and error and I still love the Prana V-Neck.

      • dan26dlp

        What was the merino wool shirt you liked? I’m looking at purchasing some and using them as my everyday shirts as part of a move towards minimalism. Also worth mentioning, Arizona V-necks look great if you lift upper body and have some definition. Fits good around the arms and has a slight V taper.

      • dan26dlp

        I’m looking at unbound, they look like they fit well but I’m not sure and for $100 I better be sure.

        • NomadicJake

          Woolly Clothing isn’t a popular brand, but I love their stuff: https://www.nomadichustle.com/best-travel-shirt-woolly-merino-wool-henley/

        • Luis A. Rivera

          Hey Jake, my experience have been different. I’m 5’10”, 175 lbs. I bought one black Unbound Merino V-neck, size medium (190g/m2) to test it. The shirt looks awesome!!!!, fit but not too tight. Is my favorite now, no smell, etc. Just been wearing it like for 2 weeks without washing (once again, to test it for my backpack travels). The only problem is that attracts a little bit of dust-lint and I think is going to start pilling. Also, is expensive ($65). I haven’t used any other brands, I will try my luck with cheaper alternatives.

      • disqus_PNq8SDZKMo

        Please do share which merino shirt you found! Any opinion on Wool&Prince?

  • JY

    I’m not a fan of this article. Most people spend the money on merino wool for the practical benefits, not the “style”. There’s a reason that many seasoned travellers, outdoor enthusiasts and athletes endorse merino wool. Also, I am surprised you toned down the benefit of merino wool being odourless while playing up the negative of “no white colour”. Seriously? I’m sure most travellers worry more about having to wash their smelly clothes than not being able to wear white. Reading this article I would’ve thought the target audience were runway models and the like.

  • Tom Ford

    The only true point is that there is no optically white merino, which is the material only limitation. The closest you could achieve is with a blend or cotton face on the front and merino on the back.

    Everything else in this post that you lost as a negative is false. I don’t even lift and my merino tee has very trim well fitted sleeves.

    You must buy your shirts from REI garage.

    • NomadicJake

      You just made my whole point. If you lift, most Merino product simply don’t look good on you. The fit is made for skinny people. That’s my point.

      I’ve actually found a merino company I love, but most Merino stuff just doesn’t work for me because I spend a lot of time in the gym. So the cut is all wrong.

  • Neil

    You should also check out the Canvas and Next Level tri-blend t-shirts on amazon. They run about $8 a piece, and are 75% technical materials (polyester/nylon) and 25% cotton.

    The canvas brand ones run a bit slimmer in the shoulders so it works better for me (skinnier). If you’re bigger and lift a lot the next level brand may work better for you. They do have v-necks as well!

    • NomadicJake

      Interesting! Thanks for the tips. I’ll give these two shirts a go, too.

      $8 is cheap!!!