Howies Punked merino base layer £50

Women's long-sleeve top

BikeRadar score 4/5

Merino wool forms the mainstay of our winter riding wardrobe and the crew-necked Punked long sleeve jersey is a well-designed, simply cut option if you want a full-length base layer.

The price may be steeper than similar garments from the competition, but Howies have opted to use MAPP certified New Zealand merino fibres in their clothing, which guarantees the sustainability of the fabric as well as its high quality. 

The fabric has all the regular attributes of merino: naturally antibacterial, warm and comfortable even when wet, reasonable wicking ability, combined with a great cut. We tested the women’s version, which has plenty of length in the body for tucking in, and lovely long sleeves.

The jailhouse stripes are an added bonus. They don’t add anything to the functionality, so if you want to keep costs down the plain version is £10 cheaper.

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