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Affordable merino wool base layer
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Brian UL

Locale: New England
Affordable merino wool base layer on 12/22/2007 10:14:52 MST Print View

Winchester thermal base layer
100% "super fine" merino wool
20.00 USD
Sold at Walmart. Ive been wearing one to work the last couple of days (no heat)and it seems fine to me, worth the money. Not as fine and high quaility as my Smartwool of coarse -but still its a machine washable wool thermal top for 20.00 bucks!
Could not find it on thier site though but there in my local store.

Edited by MAYNARD76 on 12/22/2007 10:26:23 MST.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Affordable merino wool base layer on 12/27/2007 10:35:19 MST Print View

At Walmart? Nice... sporting goods or men's underwear?

Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Affordable merino wool base layer on 12/27/2007 11:10:42 MST Print View

In the Sporting section. It is sold as a base layer to the hunters. Im wearing it right now, and Im impressed. But be warned- Ive never had any of the "itchy" problems some people seem to have with wool but, It feels so soft to me I find it hard to belive any one but the most sensitive would have any issue. I think a second pair is in the future? They only came in black and only the XL where left but thats my size. Sizing is on the big side, mabey room for shrinkage? I washed mine and no shrinkage -but I air dried it and didnt use the drier.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Thanks for the Tip! on 12/28/2007 09:17:40 MST Print View

I'll definitely check my local walmart's to see if they have'em... of course I recently bought a pair of Icebreaker bottoms... but if nothing else I can compare the two...

frank martin
(sriprank) - F

Locale: NORCAL
Affordable merino on 12/29/2007 07:11:27 MST Print View

Steep and Cheap has been selling a ton of Icebreaker Layers the past two weeks.

50-60% off. All different weights and styles.


Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Affordable merino on 12/31/2007 16:24:23 MST Print View

Yeah, I added to my Christmas bills by picking up a Icebreaker 320 top. I mean, how can you resist!

Kathleen B

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Another merino wool source on 12/31/2007 18:27:00 MST Print View

You might look at for lightweight, machine washable and dryable merino layers. I just discovered them and have been very pleased with their products and service. I bought top and bottoms for my son and a balaclava and bottoms for myself. Very soft, very warm, half the price of Icebreaker, although not as cheap as Walmart. Worth looking into.

Craig S Stewart
(cstewart) - F

Locale: Southwest Germany
Affordable merino wool base layer on 01/01/2008 06:24:32 MST Print View

Hi Kathleen,

Thank you for the help finding affordable merino wool. Do you know how much the balaclava weighs?

Alan Garber
(altadude) - F
merino wool deal on 01/01/2008 10:48:02 MST Print View

I checked my Walmart and they didn't have any.
I am in Maine........where in New England did you find a Walmart with them?


Brian UL

Locale: New England
Re: merino wool deal on 01/01/2008 11:25:13 MST Print View

Im in MA the store is in N.Reading.

Kathleen B

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Merino wool balaclava on 01/01/2008 13:04:30 MST Print View

Craig - the balaclava weighs 50 g. or 1.8 oz. on my postal scale.

Alan Garber
(altadude) - F
Affordable merino wool base layer on 01/03/2008 17:35:44 MST Print View

Couldn't get the merino at my Walmart but LLBean has its Freeport Sweaters (80%lambswool/20%nylon-machine washable) on sale for 19.95.........not on their website-only in the catalogue: codeVG50945--no I don't work or own stock for LLBean.........just trying to help out anyone who wants a good deal.......I bought two

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: Affordable merino wool base layer on 01/04/2008 13:50:42 MST Print View

i was in target the other day and saw 100% merino wool v neck shirt/sweaters on clearance for $21. They were all hanging up with a big "30% off clearance" sign above them. They look nice for town too, although the weave isn't very dense. Definatley worth a gander. I would call it mid-heavy weight for a base layer.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Merino or Marino? on 01/19/2008 19:33:11 MST Print View

Check the label again. I recall seeing "marino wool" items in Target around the holidays, but forgot about it until now. Does anyone know the difference between the two? Are they one and the same? I'm not having much luck with search engine results online.

Arapiles .
(Arapiles) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Re: Merino or Marino? on 01/20/2008 02:32:54 MST Print View

The Merino is a breed of sheep that is bred for wool production, hence the references to "Merino wool". "Marino" is likely to be a mispelling of "Merino".

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Marino? on 01/20/2008 10:35:16 MST Print View

If the package or tag says "Marino" -- that's not an innocent misspelling at all. Much more likely, that's "regular" wool trying to sound like the better (less itchy) and more expensive thing! Often, you get what you pay for.

Edited by ben2world on 01/20/2008 10:36:12 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Marino? on 01/20/2008 11:36:02 MST Print View

I thought Marino retired...

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Merino or Marino? on 01/20/2008 12:06:04 MST Print View

Actually there's no attempt at deception...there's a BRAND name called "Murano" that sells all kinds of clothing, not just "merino", including some "merino" wool sweaters. I referenced them for $7 in last week's post. They're a good deal!

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: Marino? on 01/21/2008 10:50:58 MST Print View

i just checked my sweater which i accidentally washed on hot :(, it is merona brand 100% merino wool. Any suggestions on making it fit again?

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Making it fit again on 01/21/2008 11:11:38 MST Print View

Gear Swap??