What's best for cycling, synthetic or merino base layers?

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Jon Woodhouse

Jon is the editor here at off.road.cc. Whether it's big days out on the gravel bike or hurtling down technical singletracks, if it's got two wheels and can be ridden on dirt, then he's into it. He's previously been technical editor at BikeRadar.com, editor at What Mountain Bike Magazine and also web editor at Singletrackworld.co.uk. Yes, he's been around the houses.


10 months 1 day ago

Merino all the way.  They dry slower but don't smell -at all.  Synthetic base layers start stinking up almost immediately and after a couple of washes you can't ever fully get rid of the smell.

10 months 1 day ago

Merino for me all year round, long sleeved in winter, including merino longjohns, short sleeve in summer!