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Do deep-V, fitted, light gray WOOL undershirts exist? Is there any reason not to want one?

post #1 of 17
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I have worn wool socks and boxers for the last few years almost exclusively, and they've done well in environments from -20°F (Canada) to 140°F (Iraq). Now that I have started upgrading my wardrobe and realize that the white crew neck collar showing beneath a polo or button down is not the best look, I'm hard pressed to find a V-neck wool undershirt. In fact, the only one I've found so far might as well be a crew neck and it's still white: http://www.smartwool.com/mens/mens-microweight-v-neck.html

So please tell me, am I missing something? Is there a reason that wool should not be my undershirt of choice? It cools in the summer, warms in the winter, never stinks and wicks moisture from the skin. SmartWool also makes an A-shirt but that doesn't protect from sweating through the armpits of a shirt.

And if it agreed upon that wool is an acceptable undershirt material, does this shirt exist? If so where?

While searching for this information in threads already started I have come across a surprisingly high number of people that HATE undershirts. That's fine, please don't say "stop wearing them". I'm not going to stop wearing them. I'm not sweating through the armpits because I'm fat, out of shape, or have over-active sweat glands. I'm sweating through because it's 120° and I don't spend my time exclusively indoors, behind a desk, or around climate control.
post #2 of 17
Wool undershirts are usually aimed at keeping you warm. A deep V wool undershirt would be strange in that sense.

If you're sweating that much in a warm environment I'd lean towards the high tech materials aimed at sports use.
post #3 of 17
I won't suggest the sensible way forward of not wearimg them as you do not want to read that but why wool and not cotton? Your choice makes little sense.


In fact troll comes to mind.
post #4 of 17

Well I'm with thread starter.

Obviously you haven't tried a wool undershirt. It can help you stay both warm and cool, and it resists odours better than most other fabrics. Further more a wool baselayer is almost invisible compared to other choices. 

I bought a few of these http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/ZXPXCLMER190/planet_x_merino_190g_baselayer_bundle

But I am also hunting for a deep-v. So second on the first post.

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by bryson View Post

I have worn wool socks and boxers for the last few years almost exclusively, and they've done well in environments from -20°F (Canada) to 140°F (Iraq).

So please tell me, am I missing something? Is there a reason that wool should not be my undershirt of choice?
 


I had the same train of thought at one time so when they came out with supermicro wool undershirts several years ago I tried one in the summer. They even advertised it as great for both cold and hot weather. It was 72°F and I cut the grass wearing it as a test, I sweated miserably in it. Great in theory however it was still too much insulation. I only wear wool socks no matter what time of year. But even in the winter when hunting 8-12 miles a day I use wicking liners underneath the wool. And a wicking base layer on the rest of my body.

 

A polypro wicking base is the old standard and they have gotten better especially for odor retention but Polar Fleece now has a powerdry that works well too. Spent much of 20 years near the equator and a lot of time in the Gulf off that hell hole of a sandbox in the Engineroom of ships. Would have to literally pour the sweat out of my boots before leaving the pit. Cotton T-shirts were the norm but needed a breeze to evaporate the sweat because of the humidity down there. Now for upper body I just settle on 100% cotton in the summer. For the most part I avoid cotton in the field, it can kill you in the winter when your wet. But it does have it's place in the summer IMO. Wish I could have had Terramar boxer briefs back then, even cooler than micro wool. They also make a poly undershirt that works well in the heat but haven't seen a V-neck version.

post #6 of 17
Rapha sell them.
post #7 of 17
if you're looking for wool undershirts, or something semi-equivalent like acrylic, i would recommend you take a look at the following companies to see if they have what you're looking for:
  1. icebreaker (merino wool)
  2. uniqlo heattech (acrylic)
  3. wickers
  4. patagonia

i've personally tried the uniqlo heattech undershirts, and they are fantastic, but they are designed to keep you warm, and not very effective in keeping you cool.

icebreaker by far has the best reputation when it comes to wool clothing, and i've heard from a handful of people that their undershirts are incredible, but haven't yet tried them myself.

i know for sure that uniqlo has a v-neck grey undershirt, but you can only buy them in-store because they don't have a u.s. based active ecommerce site (assuming you're in the u.s.).

check with uniqlo and the others and see if they have something that looks good for you. if you need more information about undershirts, drop by my site and take a look around smile.gif
post #8 of 17
+1 for the Icebreaker recommendation. They're wonderful if the fit works for you.
post #9 of 17

I'm with the OP here too.  I got a couple of RedRam wool undershirts and they're fantastic.  They're owned by the Icebreaker company, I think.  I have some from both brands and the RedRam fit my long torso much better.

 

I even wear them under my OR scrubs and don't get too hot or too cold.

post #10 of 17

Icebreaker made v necks in their beast line in bone, light gray and charcoal, the season I bought them. Both long and short sleeve. I don't know if they stil make them, but I'm sure you can check with them.  You most certainly can not have mine.

post #11 of 17
I don't like the quality of smartwool. Granted I did not try their undershirts, however I bought 2 pairs of socks from them and at $18/pop they aren't cheap. Both wore out after like 4-5 months, that was like wearing and washing them 10ish times.
post #12 of 17
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I don't like the quality of smartwool. Granted I did not try their undershirts, however I bought 2 pairs of socks from them and at $18/pop they aren't cheap. Both wore out after like 4-5 months, that was like wearing and washing them 10ish times.

Odd. I have a couple pairs that are several years old, and I've barely made a dent. Pretty frequent wear, too.
post #13 of 17
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Odd. I have a couple pairs that are several years old, and I've barely made a dent. Pretty frequent wear, too.

+1
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Odd. I have a couple pairs that are several years old, and I've barely made a dent. Pretty frequent wear, too.

Hm, maybe I got unlucky and got the only 2 defective ones. If I'm ever in Nordstrom again or another retailer of smartwool, I'll give them another shot. I liked them when I wore them
post #15 of 17

IceBreaker is great, but don't forget about Ibex.  Love Smartwool, too, but the quality seems to be down the last few years. 

 

I, too, will only wear wool underwear. Why o why aren't there more wool dress socks and tshirt options?!

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