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Stunningly simple, this long sleeve merino tee does exactly what it should – with style
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Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. Vulpine's Women's Long Sleeve Merino T-Shirt does just what it needs to and does it well.

Merino's popularity has risen over the last few years, as has the trend for kit you can live in as well as cycle in, rather than kit that marks you out as a die-hard road warrior.

Vulpine sources high quality 100 per cent merino wool from New Zealand sheep for its jerseys. If you haven't tried its merino tops before you will be hard-pressed to believe quite how well they deal with sweat. It really is true that you can wear them from bike to boardroom (check the dress code), and I even used mine to deal with recent cold/fever flu sweats.

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It works as a top on its own, or because the back pocket is so smooth and simple, you can slip a dress over it for a more formal look.

This portablity of use is why the Long Sleeve tee is worth the hefty price tag – because for all the time you wear it on the bike, you will wear it the same amount off the bike too. It is made for cycling (long enough arms, dropped back, very discreet reflective on the back pocket) but pretends really hard not to be.

Vulpine is hot on comfort, and the Long Sleeve tee employs flatlock stitching and no sewn-in labels to ensure that, when functioning as a base layer, it can go all day without causing any irritation. The simple round neck lends itself to pairing with a buff when out in colder weather, and I've been toasty teaming this with the Ultralight Jacket and nothing else.

Available in grey and blue, the Long Sleeve tee comes in XS-XL, covering roughly sizes 8-16. It isn't shrink-wrap but it is flatteringly fitted.

There is a limit to how complex a merino T-shirt should be. Vulpine has looked at that boundary and drawn back, producing an extremely wearable go-anywhere top that could work from autumn right through into late spring, either on its own or as a baselayer.

Verdict

Stunningly simple, this long sleeve merino tee does exactly what it should – with style

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Vulpine Women's LS Merino Tee

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Vulpine says: "Made from pure merino wool, our beautifully soft, sweat wicking and odourless, our Long Sleeve Merino Tee will get worn for work, pub, as a baselayer and everything beyond.

"Once you're wearing our long sleeve merino T, its going to be tricky finding other stuff to wear. Its so comfortable and performs right across the scale from Friday stylish night pub lounging to Sunday morning clubrun baselayer. As ever, we use pure merino, not a blend, for maximum comfort, odour resistance and temperature control. Its cut just right for cyclinga and life. Go on, treat yourself.."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

MERINO Pure 180g Merino. Fast drying & comfortable.

CUT FOR CYCLING Made for riding, cut longer at the rear

ANTI CHAFE Printed care instructions and flatlock stitching for ultimate comfort, and no scratchy labels

VULPINE BRANDING Subtle embroidered logo

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

No loose threads, washes well.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Does what it says on the tin.

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

Wearing well, and the short-sleeved version is barely changed after three years of wear and wash.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10

Soft and well cut.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Expensive, but shop around and you can find it cheaper (and they were £35 for a while in the sale).

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

You can wear it for days withour washing (if you want to).

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, really. Wider colour range?

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, leisure

 

9 comments

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crikey [1251 posts] 3 years ago
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Yet more bastardization of the English language.

This is a tee.

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That, up there, is a jumper.

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Mark_1973_ [60 posts] 3 years ago
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crikey wrote:

Yet more bastardization of the English language.

Including the Americanisation of British English by using a z in bastardisation instead of an s.

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fukawitribe [2829 posts] 3 years ago
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Mark_1973_ wrote:
crikey wrote:

Yet more bastardization of the English language.

Including the Americanisation of British English by using a z in bastardisation instead of an s.

The 'z' used to irritate me until I discovered that it had very little to do 'Americanisation' and was the predominate from in England until comparatively recently. Here's a erudite and simple summary (IMO) of some of the issues

http://www.metadyne.co.uk/ize.html

..quick excerpt..

* On the whole the ‘z’ alternative has nothing whatever to do with America;

* The ‘z’ is etymologically correct (where used properly);

* The ‘s’ principally came into use by those believing it (apparently wrongly) to be correct by analogy with similar words that were current in French, when in fact the English use developed in parallel and came via Latin from the Greek, retaining the ‘z’ throughout (for example 'the realization' in English compares with ‘la réalisation’ in French) — in some quarters during the early days of English printing French [recently the language of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy] was regarded as posh;

* The ‘s’ took hold in comparatively recent years because it was regarded as acceptable (because of the foregoing reason) and because of the hopelessness of training uneducated people correctly to grasp the correct occasion to deploy a ‘z’ or an ‘s’. Note Tillotson’s House Style (below) where they opine that use of ‘z’ is correct but they have decided to adopt the 's' because it gives rise to less trouble...

* As the use of the ‘s’ caught on, dictionaries had to follow the trend, and are now quoting it as ‘correct’. It is arguable, but dictionaries do not necessarily promote correct usage, but follow prevailing practice (which is then taken as correct, creating a spiral of decline).

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Mark_1973_ [60 posts] 3 years ago
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fukawitribe wrote:

The 'z' used to irritate me until I discovered that it had very little to do 'Americanisation' and was the predominate from in England until comparatively recently. Here's a erudite and simple summary (IMO) of some of the issues

You obviously meant "with Americanisation", "form", not "from" and "an erudite", rather than "a erudite".

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crikey [1251 posts] 3 years ago
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Y'all agree that it's a jumper, yip?

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aslongasicycle [389 posts] 3 years ago
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It's a nightmare, this naming stuff thing. All I feel right now is shame and guilt.

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Kadinkski [809 posts] 3 years ago
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The one on the website doesn't seem to have a pocket. Are you linking to the incorrect t-shirt, or have they removed the pocket from the design?

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jacknorell [1058 posts] 3 years ago
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It's made from fabric, not a yarn.

It's a t-shirt.

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djgorey [40 posts] 3 years ago
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Just to bring it back on topic slightly, I can vouch for Vulpine's merino tops.

I've got long sleeve, short sleeve and polo and they're all great; supremely comfortable and to test the anti-smell qualities, I once wore one for a whole weekend - as a pyjama top and with my jeans during the day and it didn't smell at all.