10 March 2009

bikefix Exclusive Review: Endura Baa Baa wool baselayer

This is probably my last winter apparel review of the season. Some of you are suffering in the cold and this review is for you, because anyone that lives near us (Albuquerque) is enjoying the 75 degree weather- and the chance that it will stay hot and dry till summer is very real, so baselayers are moot. I wanted to get this last winter-oriented review in because I really like this shirt and I think many folks will benefit from it. There is only so much you can say about this type of product but the standout feature of Endura's Baa Baa baseleyer has to be the merino wool itself. The Baa Baa has to be one of the softest merino shirts I have ever touched. It is just unbelievable how good it feels against my skin. It is an appropriate thickness for a baselayer- not too thin but not overly thick, and it has flat-stitching to further enhance comfort. The second best thing about the Baa Baa is that it is considerably less expensive than most other Merino wool shirts or baselayers on the market. This is doubly true when you consider the very high quality of the shirt.

In typical Endura fashion, buy the next size up if you are a muscular fellow. I love this shirt and its only shortcoming is going to be a deal-breaker for some (particularly roadies): it doesn’t have much of a cycling cut. You know- a long tail to tuck into shorts or tights. The Baa Baa has just a token one-an inch or so longer tail than front (mine may actually have stretched that much and didn’t have one at all to begin with). This is not a big deal for me, but I do prefer a long tail to keep drafts out, and I know some people will find this is an important feature. Hopefully Endura tweak the cut a bit for 2010. It is quite hard to find the Baa Baa online in America, but you should be able to order it from your local Endura dealer or from Endura's US website. The Baa Merino L/S baselayer retails in the US for $70.



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