I/O merino woolies cheap!
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mark cole
(marklivia)
I/O merino woolies cheap! on 04/14/2008 11:27:32 MDT Print View

Found this surfing the web. Ordered a size medium bottoms and it got here in 3 days w/ free shipping. Only cost $22.50. Really nice stuff (sooooft),made in Aussieland. My medium weighs 137 gms (4.83 oz.) Not bad. Don't have all sizes in all styles but, hey, they're giving the stuff away. Seems very well made. Company put together by some surf dudes.

Edited by marklivia on 04/14/2008 11:30:01 MDT.

John Myers
(dallas) - F - MLife

Locale: North Texas
Where? on 04/14/2008 12:36:00 MDT Print View

You have a website or something?

J W
(jhaura) - F

Locale: www.Trailability.com
Re: I/O merino woolies cheap! on 04/14/2008 13:21:35 MDT Print View

You can get limited styles and sizes from: http://www.skiuniverse.com/

Go to the apparel section.

I've got a few of the i/o pieces and recon it is THE best wool for its weight. Compared to wool2 patogonia it is 100 times tougher, equal in weight, slightly less soft. For the price it is fully worth it.

mark cole
(marklivia)
Re: Re: I/O merino woolies cheap! on 04/14/2008 18:18:41 MDT Print View

Whoops, spaced that out , didn't I? But, in fact, Jhaura (thanks) got you the right link.

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
I/O merino woolies cheap! on 04/14/2008 19:24:38 MDT Print View

Wow... what a deal!
I ordered some to try out too.

Thanks for the heads up Mark!

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: I/O merino woolies cheap! on 04/15/2008 09:26:27 MDT Print View

Nice...

Jhuara, or any one else who actually has these, does the fit tend to be on the slim or loose side? Specifically compared to Icebreaker...

Of course, at these prices I can grab a M and an L and unload (at a discount) whichever one I don't like the fit as much. I just wish they had the M Tank in stock as I suspect the Tank I'd definitely go with M...

Mike Klinefelter
(mjkline)

Locale: Southern California
Length on 04/15/2008 10:15:09 MDT Print View

Anybody know how long the tops and bottoms run. I'm pretty tall and that's always an issue for me.

Kenneth Puentes
(pue397) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Length on 04/17/2008 13:14:27 MDT Print View

Mike:

Just got size large: I'm 6'2" w 32" inseam and these go down to ~ 2" above my ankle bone. Very soft and construction seems fine.

Thanks to Mark for scoping the great deal.

-Ken

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
I/O merino woolies cheap! - sz L tank on 04/17/2008 15:01:08 MDT Print View

Got mine in. These are really nice.
Nice flat seams.
Size large tank weighs in at 3.7 oz.
Runs tight IMO as compared to Patagonia.
But hey, they are a baselayer.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: I/O merino woolies cheap! - sz L tank on 04/17/2008 15:24:59 MDT Print View

Tight as compared to Patagonia, eh? Then a L tank might be right up my alley as a base.

Christopher, you mind letting me know you're size and how it fits? I'm 5'9"-10" 180 lbs, with about a 42 inch chest and 32-33 waist. For a tank I'd be looking for a pretty slim / tight fit.

Of course, I could always be patient and wait for the M and L crews I ordered to come in (along with the M bottoms)...

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: Re: I/O merino woolies cheap! - sz L tank on 04/17/2008 16:05:46 MDT Print View

That's funny Josh...
We're almost exactly the same size.
That stuff should fit you just the way you want.
The Med bottoms too.

I liked them so much I just placed a second order.

jed chapman
(jchaps) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
I/O: itchier than icebreaker but still a great buy on 04/17/2008 23:05:06 MDT Print View

I just received a top and bottom today. Thanks for the heads up!

Good stuff and worth the price. However, this merino wool is itchier than Icebreaker (the only other merino wool I have to compare it to). To me, the Icebreaker 150 shirt I have feels like the most comfortable thing I've worn besides silk. The I/O top feels like it has more of that regular wool itch to it. I'd definitely buy the bottoms again because my legs aren't as sensitive, but I'd save my money for the expensive, yet super comfortable Icebreaker tops.

As far as sizing goes, I'm 5'10", 32 inch waist, 155 lbs and pretty skinny overall. The small bottoms fit me perfectly (form fitting, no saggy butt, extend to an inch or so just above my ankles), and the medium size top is probably also the right fit, although a small might have been ok because the sleeves have a little bit of extra length in them and the material stretches easily in every direction (enough to add thumb holes or loops).

Edited by jchaps on 04/17/2008 23:13:31 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: I/O: itchier than icebreaker but still a great buy on 04/18/2008 08:51:27 MDT Print View

"That's funny Josh... We're almost exactly the same size. That stuff should fit you just the way you want. The Med bottoms too." - Christopher

Sweet! Of course that means might be unloading my M crew at a discount. Then again, that on paypal would probably pay for my L tank...

Oh, and that is funny, especially because, from your avatar I would have guessed you were a bit bigger. It's probably because you're in better shape.

"However, this merino wool is itchier than Icebreaker (the only other merino wool I have to compare it to). To me, the Icebreaker 150 shirt I have feels like the most comfortable thing I've worn besides silk. The I/O top feels like it has more of that regular wool itch to it." - Jed

Jed, I had similar experience with my Nau.com Wool2 stuff and my Icebreaker Tech T. After a couple washings, either because of the washings or because of my skin getting used to it, my Nau just feels slightly 'fuzzy / soft' as compared to IB's 'smooth / slick'.

PS - I just got an email from our receptionist that my package showed up... post more impressions in a moment.

Edited by jdmitch on 04/18/2008 08:54:58 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
I/O Crews - First Impressions on 04/18/2008 10:32:49 MDT Print View

Okay, I just got some time away to try these on.

1) Sizing: Christopher was spot on on the sizing, L fits me about perfect as a baselayer. Trim but not too immodest. M is just tight enough to feel tight.

2) Finish: Very nice seams, the hem is flat finished, so low bulk which is also nice. I noticed the fabric is, initially, a tad bit itchy as Jed mentioned (note the M was noticebly moreso probably because it was so tight). However, this itch is VERY similar to the feel of the Nau fabric I mentioned and I'm certain its due to loose / rough fibers which will decline with a couple of times of wearing it / washing it once or twice is water alone.

PS - I will be selling my M Black Crew (which is, BTW, sold out at the site), as it's too tight. Look in the Gear Swap area if interested.

Edited by jdmitch on 04/18/2008 10:34:03 MDT.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: I/O Crews - First Impressions on 04/21/2008 13:20:37 MDT Print View

Okay, just a note about Ski Universe... they are hella-fast in getting their stuff out the door. I've opted for the 'free (5-7 business days) shipping' in the cast of both shipments (one shipment was the two crews and bottoms, the other was a single tank). Both times I got shipping confirmations withing an hour-ish of placing the order and it wasn't a 'submitted for pickup later' but Ski U got it out the door that day and it showed up a couple of days later (for instance I ordered the tank on Friday and it showed up this morning)

Chris Chastain
(Thangfish) - F

Locale: S. Central NC, USA
Re: Re: I/O Crews - First Impressions on 04/22/2008 14:23:33 MDT Print View

Agreed.
Fastest free shipping ever.