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AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Aushiker » Wed 10 Apr, 2024 7:10 pm

Hi

Has anyone tried merino thermals from AliExpress such as these? I am over Icebreaker. One too many t-shirts and lighter thermal getting holes in them just from putting them on.

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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Casparvitch » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 10:08 am

Merino is not a durable material, particularly with narrow threads.
If you want durability, go for a yarn blend.

Alternatively, learn to darn. IMO this is one of the benefits of knitted garments like woollens: easy to repair!
You will need: 1 darning mushroom, a set of darning needles, some darning wool and a youtube video.
E.g. see https://www.woollykins.com.au/collections/mending-supplies

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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Aushiker » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 10:26 am

Casparvitch wrote:Merino is not a durable material, particularly with narrow threads.
If you want durability, go for a yarn blend.


For t-shirts, bicycle touring and running shirts will likely do this but for sleeping I really prefer Merino. I might give this garment from AliExpress a go; there is not much to lose compared to Icebreaker.

Honestly it's the easiest thing in the world, give it a crack.


I am sure it is but it really not my thing.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Biggles » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 12:20 pm

Kathmandu, MacPac, Paddy Pallin have their own thermals in various weights.
Not sure why you would be angling in the pond of AliExpress?
My thermals are from Kathmandu, used layered for cycling and also for sleeping on walks, car tours.
IceBreaker is obscenely expensive for what it is. You'd think that it has a built-in attraction for generating holes at the slightest provocation.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby north-north-west » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 1:31 pm

I've only ever had one Icebreaker top. It managed to get two holes from being worn for six hours underneath a shirt, while carrying a light daypack, and virtually disintegrated after one year of very light, occasional use. They are not worth a tenth of what you pay for them.
In contrast, my Brubek merino top is something like 15 years old, has been worn on 99% of the nights I've spent in a tent (and a fair few while sleeping in the car before/after a walk), including wandering aroound with the camera in evenings and mornings, and is still hole free. I've had other long-sleeved merino Tshirts that have survived two or even three years of scrub-bashing before the sleeves started to get holes.

The AliExpress is worth trying; at least you won't be much out of pocket if it doesn't last.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Casparvitch » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 1:56 pm

> In contrast, my Brubek merino top is something like 15 years old

Obviously I have no idea about your top, but all of the brubek merino tops I can find now have merino/plastic blends. Does yours still have a label?

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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Aushiker » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 4:27 pm

Biggles wrote:Kathmandu, MacPac, Paddy Pallin have their own thermals in various weights.
Not sure why you would be angling in the pond of AliExpress?


I was there ... as to Kathmandu, I will pass thanks.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby crollsurf » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 4:37 pm

Icebreaker were good, but after the company was sold, the quality plummeted. It's not worth considering these days.

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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby north-north-west » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 5:00 pm

Casparvitch wrote:> In contrast, my Brubek merino top is something like 15 years old

Obviously I have no idea about your top, but all of the brubek merino tops I can find now have merino/plastic blends. Does yours still have a label?


No tag but it's a merino/elastane blend. Brubek don't do that heavy-duty merino any more.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Aushiker » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 8:15 pm

Apparently, Aldi has thermals coming up for sale. I might take a look. I only need a lighter pair for spring/autumn nights here in WA. I am all good with the warmer thermals for winter.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Eremophila » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 9:50 pm

Yep Aldi snow gear comes out every year in May. They have synthetic and merino thermals.
If you google you can find catalogues from previous years; also subscribe and keep an eye on their “Special Buys”.

It’s their biggest day of the year. You’ll need to be there at opening time with a planned MO. Be prepared to push and shove :lol:
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby johnrs » Fri 12 Apr, 2024 11:03 am

Aldi merinios are good and cheap but not durable.
Maybe the next tier up is Snowgum online.
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Re: AliExpress Merino Thermals

Postby Aushiker » Fri 12 Apr, 2024 11:15 am

johnrs wrote:Aldi merinios are good and cheap but not durable.
Maybe the next tier up is Snowgum online.
John


Thanks for the feedback on Aldi Merino thermals. If they price is okay I might give a pair a shot anyway.

I looked at Snowgum, but I would now prefer a blend (as suggested earlier as the better option) if paying more. A quick search last night came up with Mountain Designs Merino blends at Anaconda for $50.
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