Sure - I have three sites where you can buy merino wool for about $34.00. Tops and bottoms.
I have purchased both tops and bottoms from this first site. 100% merino wool. The merino wool is New Zealand wool. Both the tops and bottoms are excellent. Regular wool is slightly itchy to real itchy to me and this wool feels silky smooth - a real pleasure:
I have worn the tops and bottoms while hiking and was very warm and comfortable - the outside temperature was 19 deg F. I wash by hand in Woolite, but the label says that they are machine washable in anything with the "woolmark" label. I looked quickly, but couldn't find any label in the local supermarket - possible that I just missed the label in my quick search. Their prices are the same today (1/17/2007) as when I purchased last Sept. Shipping charges also.
The second site is Australian wool. I have both tops and bottoms from this site. Again 100% merino wool and both the tops and bottoms feel real silky smooth against my skin. I really like them:
Again I can personally recommend their products from personal use. You will have to search their site somewhat to find the merino wool underwear, but I just looked as I am typing this and it is still there. The price seems to have gone up very slightly, maybe $2 or $3, since I purchased from them last Sept or maybe my memory has lowered the price I paid by $2 or $3. Maybe more people are finding their site and they are raising the prices a little??? Probabl just my memory :-). They have the largest selection of the 3 sites.
I can readily recommend the merino wool from either of the above sites. Their shipping charges are reasonable and about the same as most shipping charges I have encountered from US companies - or they were when I purchased from them last Sept. 2006. The world is changing so fast, you will have to verify shipping when you purchase. I investigated a few NZ and AU companies selling merino wool, but their shipping charges were so high that it was just as cheap to buy Smartwool, Ibex or Icebreaker.
The products from both sites were shipped within 48 hrs and arrived within 7 days. Postal shipping on both.
If you want to deal with a US company then the following site has merino wool (Australian) at a reasonable price also, the same as site 2 above:
I have dealt with the last site before, but I have not purchased the merino wool underwear from them. But from the dealings I have had, I have no doubt that the merino wool is as they state. This site also sells a single piece "union suit". I have considered trying it, but haven't to date. The price for the Union suit is less than for a separate top and bottom, $64.95 as of 1-17-2007. Separate top and bottom from their site would come to $79.90, so you would be saving about $15.00, not an inconsiderable savings. From what I remember of my dealings with Union suits in the past, they were nice to wear. I liked them.
Now the first site sells "unisex" tops and bottom. The third sells both mens and womens and the second site sells, mens, womens and kids sizes.
Before I purchased from the above 2 sites, I investigated Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker. The prices I found were more than twice the price of the above 3. I can buy both top and bottom from the above for about the same or less than either a top OR bottom from Smartwool, Ibex or Icebreaker.
I have no doubt that Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker buy their wool from the same sources that the above sites do. The quality of the wool and construction of the products I purchased are top notch at a reasonable price. The wool feels incredibly smooth on my skin. I have no doubt that that Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker are charging what the market has gotten used to for their products. Now I am not maligning those 3. They probably put some money into researching and designing their products and then marketing them. But how much does it cost to design underwear?????? I mean my great grandfather and grandmother were wearing underwear of the same deign. I was wearing underwear of the exact same design more than 45 years back. They can claim a lot about weight per square unit etc, but I doubt seriously that the weight varies a whole lot from what the above three are selling - that comes to market hype to differentiate from the competition and to justify the very high price and profit margins. In wearing the products from 2 of the above sites, I cannot tell I am wearing the product based on total garment weight. Can you honestly tell the difference in weight between 2 different pairs of boxer shorts (not to exclude the women, but being male myself I blush easily). Now if you buy a top and bottom from one of the above and can honestly say that you can feel a difference in the total garment weight from Smartwool, Ibex or Icebreaker, then you should probably continue patronizing them. The high price is worth it to you then.
Also, I have no doubt that Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker can come out with a lot of words differentiating their products from the above three, but when viewed really critically, I have no doubt that it would come down to market hype to justify continuing their high prices. They are selling mainly (from what I can discern from their web sites) to a small market - people into athletic activities. The 3 sites above are selling to anybody that wants to stay warm in cold weather - a much larger market. They don't need the hype - Merino wool is already well know.