There may be _some_ Merino wool in this, but there is also other wool in it as well. I can wear Merino wool, but I am allergic to other types. This is somewhat of a medium texture and is not luxuriously soft like all my other Merino wool garments. However, that being said it does its job well --- it blocks the wind and keeps you warm. (Posted on 2/2/12)
I bought this about a month ago and just got around to trying it out. 55* at 5am at 75mph for about an hour and didnt even notice. That is saying a lot for a bike with no windshield. This is also the first balaclava that is in fact a ONE SIZE FITS ALL.. I wear a XXL helmet and it fits like a glove. My wife wears a womans small and she can wear it. I have now became a big fan. (Posted on 10/16/11)
I've had one of these for about a year now. It keeps me surprisingly warm. Been on the interstate in 25*. No problem, it blocks the wind very well. Completly comfortable up to about 60*.
I'm a little more sensitive to the cold than most.Keeping warm in the winter is hard.
It's a little pricey, but the first time you use it in the cold, you know its money well spent.
(Posted on 6/2/08)