The Howies Women’s Light Merino long-sleeve base layer Merino is the base layer material of choice for many cyclists, and with good reason. With great breathability and insulating properties, not to mention the antimicrobial properties of the wool, there are many ticks in the plus column. Welsh brand Howies’ Women’s Light Merino base layer adds a great cut and a dash of style.
As the name suggests, the Howies women’s Light Merino base layer uses a fine weave and 160gsm wool and is 100 percent merino, unlike some base layers which blend it with synthetic materials. There are pros and cons to this approach.
On the plus side the jersey fabric is supremely comfortable against the skin, itch free, very breathable and pong-resistant. On the downside, depending on what you are looking for in a base layer, the jersey fabric sits loosely against the skin rather than being skin tight. There is some stretch to the garment fabric, provided by the weave of the knit.
That said, the panelled construction with flatlock seams makes for a female specific fit that sits nicely against the body, with raglan sleeves meaning no seams at the shoulder tops, where they can sometimes rub when wearing […]