Isobaa Men’s Merino 200 Zip Neck Hoodie – Review

London-based Isobaa got in touch with me recently, asking whether I’d be interested in reviewing some of their gear. They said their range isn’t strictly “cycling wear”, but they have a lot of keen cyclists in their team and they love to wear their gear as they ride. “Perfect,” I replied.

At Discerning Cyclist, we’re not bothered about “cycling clothes”, we love to find great looking gear that is a pleasure to cycle in. So, it’s fair to say that Isobaa’s introduction had me intrigued.

Isobaa sent me two pieces to check out, the Merino 200 Zip Neck Hoodie, which is what this review’s covering, and the Merino Wool Insulated Jacket, the review for which you can read here.

Merino Zip Neck Hoodie/Base Layer

The first thing to make clear about the Isobaa Merino 200 Zip Neck “Hoodie” is that it’s not your typical hoodie. I mean, it does have a hood, so yeah, it’s a hoodie. But it’s a lot thinner than your conventional hoodie. It’s a very light, very thin and very slim fit piece – which probably edges more into the realm of base layers.

And don’t get me wrong: this is not a criticism. It’s a beautiful top.

It’s been a staple of my wardrobe for the past few weeks now and I’ve found it perfect for commuting on cooler days. With a t-shirt underneath and the hoodie on top, this will keep you nice and warm, while also letting some air reach your skin so you don’t get to sweaty. And it actually works great in tandem with the Merino Wool Insulated Jacket to keep you extra snug.

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One of the great things about Merino wool – as you may well be aware – is that this is an incredibly practical material: it keeps you warm when you’re cold and breathes well in warmer climes, so you don’t overheat. It also dries extremely quickly and is naturally odour resistant – so it doesn’t kick up a pong after a few wears. In this instance, the Merino wool in use is 200gm 18.5 micro Superfine 100% Merino – if that really means much to you.

As I mentioned previously, this hoodie is very much slim fit – which I like as it gives you a cosy feel, although you may see your lunch bulge if you overindulge!

The sleeves are also very long which is perfect for riding as they don’t ride up your arm. And there’s also thumb loops, which can provide some very welcome warmth to your hands and wrists on nippy days – and, again, adds to the cosy feel.

ISOBAA 2017 Hoodie Close Ups Photo: {Malcolm Griffiths} ref: Digital Image MALC7715

And although Isobaa say this isn’t officially a “cycling piece”, they do a good job of hiding it, thanks to the drop tail hem which gives you some extra rear coverage when you ride.

What’s more, the underarm gusseting and flatlock stitching all help to prevent chafing.

This may not be a cycling top, but it’s a top that’s definitely perfect for cycling – as well as running, hiking, skiing and everyday life.

Of course, an item of this quality doesn’t come cheap with a £105 price tag. But for that price, you’ll get yourself a slim-fitting hoodie/base layer that is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities on chillier days.

Isobaa Men’s Merino 200 Zip Neck Hoodie

£105
7.9

Fit

8.5/10

Function

9.0/10

Style

9.0/10

Value

5.0/10

Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Very cosy
  • Breathable
  • Slim fit

Cons

  • Pricey

Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

2 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    Fit

    9

    Function

    3

    Style

    9

    Value

    3

    Quality

    0.5

    I have a couple of pieces of this brand and I am very unhappy with the quality. Merino wool has features like durability, warm or that does not smell. I have had merino clothes since years but Isobaa is, by far the worst quality. After one year using a hooded jacket, the cuffs are destroyed with holes and the general aspect is very old. With the long sleeve tshirt the problem is the smell. Is the first time in my life that a merino tshirt smell bad at the end of a day. Yes, at the first sight the product is well designed and looks good, but some months later…. Definitely I don’t recommend even being cheaper than other brands.
    I think it is worth paying a little more for a quality brand that lasts a long time

  2. Richard says:

    Fit

    9

    Function

    7

    Style

    9

    Value

    1

    Quality

    1

    I have a couple of pieces of this brand and I am very unhappy with the quality. Merino wool has features like durability, warm or that does not smell. I have had merino clothes since years but Isobaa is, by far, the worst quality. After one year using a hooded jacket, the cuffs are destroyed with holes and the general aspect is very old. With the long sleeve top the problem is the smell. Is the first time in my life that a merino tshirt smell bad at the end of a day. Yes, at the first sight the product is well designed and looks good, but some months later…. Definitely I don’t recommend even being cheaper than other brands.
    I think it is worth paying a little more for a quality brand that lasts a long time

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