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Monday, August 31, 2015

NuYarn Merino L/S top

Not yet in the UK and relatively new elsewhere in the world is the latest release NuYarn Merino fabric.
There are only a handful of companies selling NuYarn and i was lucky enough to have one sent to me by relatives in New Zealand. I paid for it btw.

I am a fan of merino base layers and i have quite a few. However, i know that it’s not for everyone. Some cannot stand the feel of wet merino.
The thing is that this new merino yarn is different. Very different. It feels very different.
On the label it says it’s a hand made product and comes with a guarantee for life. So that is certainly good as i have quite a few holes in my Icebreaker tee.

NuYarn merino, independent testing results.

There is a very short video to show how different this material is and it’s worth watching. Its only 1/2 minute.

The top i have is from Cactus Outdoors. and is long sleeved tee.
It’s spec. is 185g/sm fabric and is 91% Merino and 9% nylon.
 A bit creased but i have photographed it literally straight out of the bag.

Sizing is generous and with the stretch you definitely don’t want to opt for one that may be too big.
The sleeve width is again generous, great for rolling them up but a little too loose at the cuff for my preference. Length is long as a base layer should be.
What did surprise me a little was that the side and shoulder seams are not flat lock.
Two colours available, my grey one and a blue. I would have preferred the blue but they didn’t have my size in stock.
 Cost $NZ 139.00 which is £57.58p at todays conversion rate.
Shipping was free to our relatives house in NZ and then to post it to UK it cost $NZ17.00 or £7.00.

Not tried it in the field yet so i cannot tell you if it performs as it is supposed to. ASAP.


afootinthehills said...

I too love merino base layers and this one sounds interesting although I'd be a bit worried about no flat lock seams, particularly on the shoulders Alan. Look forward to reading your review in due course.

AlanR said...

Yes. The seams were a bit of a shock, somewhat disapointing for the reasons you suggest. I have tried it with a sack and i cant feel the seems. However my quick test cannot prove anything really.

Dawn said...

Interesting Alan, the problem I have found with merino wool type fabrics is durability. They have never lasted that long. That and high prices. It will be interesting to see how you get on with this NUyarn fabric.

AlanR said...

From all accounts and from my first impressions the fabric is very durable. Noticeably better than what we have had in the past. Funnily enough though my Icebreaker tops have not lasted as long as my Aldi tops. Icebreaker £60 Aldi £15.

Walter Akkermans said...

Hey Alan, nice to read this about your Nuyarn tests. Any new updates after wearing it longer? Is it really more durable than the standard icebreaker ringspun merino? And is it less pilling?
Like to hear more!

AlanR said...

Coming soon Walter. I’ve had to give it some trials to provide an objective viewpoint.

Anonymous said...

Okey, I'll be waiting ;)
I am unsure right now if its just better based on the lab results you also mentioned above, or if it really matters in-field, experience during activities and such.

Walter Akkermans said...

Any update perhaps after your tests Alan?

AlanR said...

Hi Guys. Just a quick update for you. I have used the Nuyarn top regularly and i stand by my comments made from the first look review. I would mention that the material is much stronger than standard merino as i found out recently. I slipped on a muddy footpath and on the way down my arm grazed a concrete post. I was only wearing the Nuyarn top and although my arm was bruised and red the top didn’t have a mark on it. No pulled threads, not cuts or holes. I was very impressed.

Walter Akkermans said...

Ok, good to hear, your comparison with stronger is to the Icebreaker or another kind of merino brand?
And in case there is a more in-depth comparison on other aspects as well, ill be happy to read it!

AlanR said...

A separate update can be found here.

Walter Akkermans said...

Thanks, missed that, gonna check it out

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