Merino vs Polypropylene

Baselayer Fabric Comparison

If you’re struggling to decide on Merino vs Polypropylene for your baselayers, take a look at the comparison table below.

Polypropylene is an inexpensive thermal wear option for general use. For some (those who sweat a lot) they are better than merino when involved in high levels of physical exertion in cold conditions.

Merino garments regulate the body’s surface temperature whatever the atmospheric and exertion situations. Initial financial investment is higher however the overall performance and lifetime of the garment exceeds that of polypropylene.

POLYPROPYLENE

MERINO

GARMENT FIT
Tight fitFirm fit
TEMPERATURE REGULATION
WinterAutumn/Winter/Spring
WEIGHT
LightweightLightweight
WEIGHT WHEN WET
LightweightHeavy
WARMTH WHEN WET
GoodExcellent
DRY TIME
Very QuickModerate
DURABILITY
ModerateVery long lasting
SOIL RESISTANCE
ModerateExcellent
UV PROTECTION
ModerateGood
ODOUR CONTROL
NoneExcellent
COST
InexpensiveHigher Initially
WHEN TO WEAR IT
Polypropylene is an inexpensive thermal wear option for general use. For some (those who sweat a lot) they are better than merino when involved in high levels of physical exertion in cold conditions.Merino garments regulate the body’s surface temperature whatever the atmospheric and exertion situations. Initial financial investment is higher however the overall performance and lifetime of the garment exceeds that of polypropylene. Merinos construction and natural stretch offer total freedom of movement and can be used as a base layer when on the trails, or as an only layer for out and about. Long term the best value for money.

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