From the Southern Alps to the Hardangervidda


Superfine Merino the gift that just keeps on giving

Just before a recent ski touring and snow kiting trip to the Hardangervidda, Norway I received an early Christmas present of a Rohan Superfine Merino 200 Zip

It has already become one of my favourite bits of kit due to its versatility. So far, I’ve used it for ski touring, cycling, canoeing, winter dog walking and lounging about the house. I’ve used it as a base layer when the temperature was well below zero and on its own when I wanted a warm light layer. It wicks and absorbs moisture is warm even when wet and its natural odour resistance ensures you still have friends after wearing it for days on end.

It has a wonderful soft and luxurious silky feel a soft collar, zipped neck, and thumb loops to keep your wrists warm flat-locked seams help minimise chaffing, and a tiny pack size. Hand or machine washable at 40°C without risk of shrinking and quick drying all make for a very attractive package.  Two reasons that prevented me buying merino were concerns about it being itchy and its durability both of which have proved to be groundless.

So what is Merino? Wool from the Merino breed of sheep. Merino is one of softest, finest wools with a good warmth-to-weight ratio. Thermo-regulating with natural antibacterial and odour resistant properties. Rohan source their Merino from the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Summit or sofa the perfect base-layer – Jan Larsen


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