Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-Shirt – My Favorite Summer Base Layer Shirt

Drew Thayer

I’ve worn this shirt 3 times a week for the past 2 months. Mountain biking, trail running, strolling around the neighborhood – it’s so comfortable I just want to keep wearing it. And I can wear it several days in a row without throwing it in the laundry since the fine merino wool is pretty impervious to odor. This is a winning t-shirt.

Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-Shirt

The author trying to stay on his bike in a rock garden in the Apex trails in Golden, CO wearing the Apex Merino t-shirt and Gravel 10″ shorts

 

Merino wool has excellent temperature control properties. A trail ride or run in late spring in Colorado can be in the 95-degree sun or 50-degree breezy shade, depending on the time of day and the path of the thunderstorms. Sometimes both, on the same ride! Ounce per ounce, thin merino wool feels warmer in the cold, cooler in the heat, and blocks more wind than a comparable synthetic blend.


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The fit of a t-shirt matter, especially for mountain biking and running. You don’t want extra material flapping around and catching on branches, or causing the dreaded chafe, but you also don’t want to walk around like you’re dressed for the Jersey shore (too tight causes chafe too). I’m 6’ tall, slender, and a size small fits really well.   I’m looking forward to wearing this shirt through the summer and fall.


Drew Thayer

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Drew’s love of gear is born from his life-long obsession with human-powered adventure in the mountains. On foot, on ski, on bike, and on the steep rocks, he loves exploring Colorado’s mountains through each season.
Drew brings a technical eye to gear — he’s a data scientist with a Masters’ degree in Geophysics and loves to understand the design and engineering make great gear what it is. He’s also worked in the field for many years — as a wilderness therapy field guide and a Geophysicist — and knows a thing or two about function and durability of technical equipment.
Drew tests gear in real mountain conditions, on overnight ventures whenever possible. His specialties are rock/alpine climbing and light-and-fast human-powered pursuits on ski or mountain bike. He’s ventured on exploratory climbing expeditions in Argentina, Peru, and Alaska, and completed remote technical river descents in Alaska and Colombia.
When not building statistical models and writing code, he can be found tending his garden or trying to keep up with his awesome wife.
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