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Will a combination of merino wool and more standard polyester prove to be the perfect blend for baselayer use? We review the latest from Pearl Izumi, the Transfer Wool.

pearl izumi transfer wool baselayer
Overall Score
Merino wool helps reduce odour and polyester helps promote wicking
Crew neck could have been a bit higher for cold weather

As thin and light as the Craft baselayer also tested here, the Pearl Izumi differs in that it is made from a blend of polyester and merino wool. With a merino front panel and outer arms there for warmth and odour reduction the rest is a polyester mesh that draws moisture from the skin to reduce that clammy feeling after hard exercise.

A cycling cut means close to skin all over, with a drop back to cover your lower back when in the saddle. We find it excellent - very snug yet unrestrictive on the bike.  

The low crew neck isn't as snug as some others, and for winter months we would rather see it being a bit higher, but for moisture wicking in cool to mild weather it is perfect and performs superbly.

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