Ashmei women's long sleeve merino baselayer review

A beautifully constructed piece of clothing with sustainability at its core

Ashmei women's long sleeve merino baselayer
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ashmei's Merino baselayer is a dream to pull on. Merino wool is renowned for providing warmth without holding on to sweat, and 37.5 tech has impressed me time and time again in its ability to help maintain the optimum temperature. Ashmei's simple styling means I'm just as happy to wear this baselayer off the bike as I am on it. The only downside is the cost but there is a pleasure that comes attached to investing in a company whose values are aligned with your own.

Reasons to buy
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    Focus on sustainability

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    Quick drying

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Reasons to avoid
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    Sleeve length

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Ashmei is all about simple, quality kit that just works. The brand places a heavy focus on sustainability, as exemplified by its being part of the 1% for the Planet initiative, which means that one per cent of all revenue goes towards environmental charities. Letting actions do the talking, it has worked with Utenos to produce all of its Merino + Carbon fabric: the manufacturer was the first in the world to be certified by Greenpeace as complying with its environmental procurement standards.

Lovely as all that is, considered alone it doesn't tell you if you should buy this baselayer. The women's long sleeved merino baselayer from Ashmei uses the brand's Merino + Carbon fabric and is designed to keep the wearer's body temperature at the perfect 37.5ºc mark. It meets all its goals, in a beautifully comfortable package. The price tag is hard to swallow, which is really the only thing that lets it down.

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