Product Review: Apex – Marino Wool Tech Tee

The Apex Tech Tee is designed to be worn as a single layer, perfect for summer. I have always been a fan of wool as three season base layers so you could use this either way. The moisture wicking, anti smell and eco properties make wool great for garments. Using this as a base layer it needs to be a well fitted piece. A few manufacturers have wool offerings, some are better than others.

The new Apex Tech Tee from ShowersPass is lightweight 87% wool and 13% nylon, comes in a variety of colours and in small sizes fits great under a jersey if needed for layering. Skip the tight fit if you are going to be wearing this as a single outer layer. Tech Tee is smart enough and makes a great look for mountain biking or casual gravel riding.

With a material weight of 150g, it falls into the lightweight class, meaning I probably wouldn’t use it as a winter layer, as I’d be looking for something a little heavier. The addition of nylon makes it more durable than 100% wool alone, so it will stand the washer longer, hole less and fit better.

The body is cut long for great bike fit and the seams are positioned nicely not to rub or chaff. For use as an undergarment, size for something snug to make layering easy.

Features

Some features from ShowersPass web page.

  • Merino Wool blend fabric provides antimicrobial protection from odors, natural breathability and stretch for comfort during aerobic activities
  • Flatlocked raglan sleeves reduce chafing
  • Flatlock stitching on side panels with no traditional side seams reduce chafe points
  • Fabric offers natural antimicrobial protection from odors with core-spun 87% Merino Wool 13% Nylon blend
  • Relaxed fit with longer back length for on the bike coverage
  • Reflective label for increased visibility
  • Advanced wicking and quick-dry properties
  • UPF 40 sun protection
  • Lightweight 150 gsm performance fabric

What I like

The wide side panels of the cut give the body a very comfortable feel. The raglan shaped shoulders for arm motion and longer body make it very suitable for on the bike use. I also like that it works when worn off the bike and looks like a high quality tee that’s not super cycling specific, so it has multiple uses.

The hand-feel is smooth and soft, next to skin its not itchy at all and the material weight makes it drape on the body well.

From prior experience, wool material is great, you can possibly wear this garment several times without it becoming stinky like a full synthetic would.

ShowersPass have a range of colours, yeah its easy to go with black but I really like this Artic Dusk. Pair it with some other vibrant colours to look hip, or down play it with greys and look city smart.

Price

Priced at $75 it’s competitive for such a shirt. Similar Rapha wool is $90 and Smartwool is $85

This is a Lightweight fabric, it would be nice to see Showers Pass offer a Long Sleeve midweight fabric, which would make for a great winter base layer. Hint hint.

Photo shows 160lb 6ft 3 guy, 38 chest, not smiling a lot and wearing a size Small in Arctic Dusk.

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