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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Interesting post! I have been a convert to merino after wearing my helly’s for everything I’ve done since Norway to about 3 months ago. They did loose the elastic in Norway but I blame that on the sea salt more than the tops themselves. But got the everyday ice breakers to try and save money and they loose their shape massively between washes – was given a 260 top by my old work as uniform – and wore it nearly everyday the air con was cold! and it never lost its shape was lovely! Ice breaker say this is due to the stitching they have changed it since bringing out red ram and now everyday in their 150,200, and 260 weights stuff, so was just wondering what ice breaker it was you had. As thinking about getting another proper one – had to return my uniform when I left :(

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    Tim Moss

    Hi Lizzy, my Icebreaker’s a bit warn now so I can’t read the label properly. It’s Icebreaker 200 and looks, from their website, just like a Mondo Long Sleeve Half Zip.

    It’s less that it’s lost its shape over time though and more than it’s just not as stretchy, close fitting and figure hugging as my bamboo top or Helly (and I think that’s the material rather than the cut).

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    Hi Tim,

    In reference to your comments on bamboo vs. Merino:

    Could you please advise if this also applies to ‘socks’ as well as tops??

    I’m wanting to find socks that not only pull moisture away from the skin, but also keep your feet cooler when enclosed in footwear. I.e. Leather shoes, boots etc.

    Thanks kindly,

    Dean, NZ.

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      Tim Moss

      Hi Dean,

      Good question. I’ve used a few different types of bamboo socks now, they’re pretty common even in menswear departments these days, but they really vary from brand to brand.

      I reckon they’d definitely be worth a try. They’ll almost certainly be tougher and cheaper than merino. My Bridgedale bamboo hiking socks have been good, for example, but, for what you’re describing, I’d probably not recommend BAM’s bamboo socks. Sticking with regular looking hiking socks that just happen to include some bamboo is probably your best bet.

      Do let me know how you get on or fire away with any more specifics.


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    Zoe McCardle

    Hi Tim,
    Very interesting blog, I work for a clothing/underwear company that sells bamboo, silk and cashmere products. I have tried out our bamboo thermals when I go into the mountains to snowboard and walk. I find them excellent, they seem to regulate your temperature and like you say they feel much softer and more comfortable. If its ok by you I would like to use your article on our facebook page ? We are called silkyboo and you can find us at http://www.silkyboo.com
    thank you

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      Tim Moss

      Thanks for the link Zoe. You are most welcome to share this on your Facebook page. You may also like my article comparing bamboo to cotton and merino wool – http://thenextchallenge.org/comparison-base-layer-materials/.


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