2010 Model No Longer Available
Kombi Rover 1/4 Zip Long Underwear Top - Men's - 2010 BCS
The Rover 1/4-Zip Long Underwear Top uses ultrafine, polyester and merino wool to naturally regulate your body temperature and deal with odor. Slip into this midweight layering piece for skiing, climbing, touring, and backpacking. Use the 1/4-length front zipper to dump heat on the ascent, and enjoy the collar when it gets windy on the descent. Inset sleeves and flatlock seams complete the package.
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Not really merino
August 17, 2012
I am a Merino disciple and was attracted by this product since they claim a polyester and merino confection. This top is made of two layers of material, I wear similar 2 layers underwear and the first layer (in contact with the skin) is made of cotton. I appreciate such confection. Be aware with this Kombi Rover, the Merino is a scared 20% part of the external layer, all the rest is polyester and the feeling on the skin is harsh, mostly around the neck. I would not pay more (12$) and probably this piece will stay at the bottom of my drawer, pulled out only when all of my 100% Merino underwear's will be in the dirty laundry basket !
August 4, 2011
When the top retails for $40 common sense should tell you that it isn't 100% merino. And when you find it on SAC for $12 it's a steal for any material. So while I was still disappointed, I wasn't surprised when I found out that the top layer is 80% polyester and only 20% wool. The inner layer is 100% polyester. The packaging mentions a bio treatment that I had never heard of before, so I have very little confidence that this item will repel funk.
I haven't tested this item as performance wear because
a.) I do own 100% merino items that I'll choose for sweaty wintery fun over this top every single time, and
b.) I think this looks too good to risk letting it get funky!
Nobody would ever mistake me for being a stylish guy, and I know that not anyone can pull off the "is he wearing underwear in public?" look as well as I can, but I think this top is attractive enough to wear in public. My family, who berate my lack of style, mistook it for being a pullover. If they felt I had committed a faux pas I would have heard about it. Ever since, I've been enjoying it as a warm casual top. Stitching, seams, fit, and zipper are all nice. The ultrafine fibers are soft!
The rating is based on the top's advertised use. Had it been advertised as a dual layer poly with merino on it, I'd still feel the same way about it, but it would get a three or four star rating (possibly five star if the bio treatment were tested and held up to the claim).
If you're looking for 100% merino, look elsewhere. If you're looking for an attractive piece of warm long underwear and don't care that the description is a borderline blatant lie, pick this up.
July 5, 2011
The shirt I received was not all merino; if I remember correctly, the percentage of merino was relatively small. If you need a light undershirt you might still think it's worth the SAC price, but in this case, thinking that $11.99 for an all-merino shirt was too good to be true turned out to be correct.