The Showers Pass Apex Merino Tech T-shirt is part of the MTB line. It is made for summer time riding but could also serve as a base layer in cold weather. It should also work well as a backpacking shirt or anytime a good wicking shirt is needed. The print on the neck of the shirt says it is made from a blend of 67% Merino Wool, 27% polyester and 6% nylon. However, this is not throughout the shirt as you can see when reading the specifications supplied by Showers Pass. The front and back panels contain less wool as a percentage while the side panels contain more. The blend of polyester and especially the nylon will hopefully aid in the durability of the shirt. The MSRP or the shirt is $69 which seems expensive but is inline with comparable performance oriented merino wool shirts. Below are the key features of the shirt copied from the Showers Pass website.
Merino Wool blend fabric provides antimicrobial protection from odors, natural breathability and stretch for comfort during aerobic activities
Raglan sleeves are flatlock stitched for durability and comfort
Side pocket with hidden zipper
Flatlock stitching on side panels with no traditional side seams reduce chafe points
Soft and durable 50% Merino Wool 50% Polyester blend on the front and back
Side panels offer natural antimicrobial protection from odors with 87% Merino Wool 13% Nylon blend
Relaxed fit with longer back length for on the bike coverage
Reflective label on back
UPF 40 protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays
150 gsm summer weight fabric
67% Merino Wool, 27% Polyester, 6% Nylon
I find the shirt extremely soft and comfortable with just enough stretch to allow complete freedom of movement. As a long waisted person I really like the extra length in the back because many t-shirts I own ride up when I ride my bike, especially if I’m leaning forward trying to get more aero. I should note my present bike is a fitness bike with flat handlebars but I have Profile Design aero bars installed. The back is only about an inch longer so it is long aplenty in the front as well
The tee does not have the big rear pockets like most cycling jerseys but does have an almost invisible zippered pocket on the right side. It is big enough for my iPhone 6+ and wallet but with both inside the pocket was pulled that side down. However, I keep my phone on a mount on my handlebars so no biggie.
In addition to my fitness bike rides I plan to wear the shirt backpacking and on long day hikes. I probably sweat more doing this than when bike riding because I don’t have the cooling and drying effect of the wind I get on my bike. So between my rides and hikes I will probably need to laundry the shirt fairly often. The care instructions are on a tag on the left side. They state “Machine wash cold water. Wash with similar colors. Wash inside out. No bleach or fabric softener. Do not dry clean. Do not tumble dry. iron low. Made in China”
On last note, Showers Pass is based out of Portland Oregon, known for their rainy weather pretty much year round. They started by making mostly waterproof but highly breathable jackets but expanded into making base layers as well as many other biking accessories.
That’s all for now, stay tuned for my next update to see how the Apex is working for me. I would like to thank Showers Pass and 4ALLOUTDOORS for this testing opportunity.