I bought some Denali merino T's a couple of years ago from Anaconda, 3 for $100 on sale. More recently https://www.1-daytee.com.au/ had Derek of New Zealand merino T's for $20 each. I'm keeping my eyes pealed for these to come back so I can buy a couple more. Yesterday I rode to Blewitt Springs with just the merino T and my long sleeve top, thermal knicks (chest high and below the knees) and I was warm enough with out overheating and it was quite a cool morning.
Ah loving the warmth of Merino wool ,, As I have stated in many of my posts , nothing wrong with that ,,what ever floats your boat ..... 8~)"
After getting a bit cool yesterday morning I ventured into Mountain Designs, checked out and bought a long-sleeve IceBreaker BodyFit 200 baselayer (in blue) ... they've got plenty of them + some others on a sale/reduced table; there are lighter and heavier weaves available.
The best bit was when they were scanned at the register the price plummeted from $119.95 down to $79.95 - so I quickly added a pair of the Icebreaker socks to my purchase & still got out for under $100.
The advantage of merino is that it doesn't get as smelly as a synthetic base layer. My MacPac woolens can go a week or two between washes if I air them out but my lycra and cotton gear starts to smell after only one or two rides.
Thanks everyone for the comments. Being the tight-arse I am, I shopped around and found an Australian made merino wool short sleeved shirt at Rays Outdoors for $38. I am pretty happy with it having ridden up and down Mt Lofty twice this week with it on. It certainly keeps me toasty on the climbs and noticeably warmer on the descents. But the real advantage is that when I stop riding it keeps me much warmer than my old synthetic undershirt
I heard somewhere icebreakers were good.
Hit mountain design and they had some half priced clearances. Got a long and short sleeve.
Pretty impressed - I've dropped a layer on my evening rides and it does seem to balance better between the cool of the descents and heat of the climbs.
I got ice breaker also, they are a bit more $$$ though even at half price.
I have an Icebreaker long sleeve and a Mountain Design short sleeve. Both are great.
I went with the DSEND short sleeve merino t-shirts from torpedo7. I bought two initially and have since bought 3 more. I wear them now for more than cycling as they are so thin yet so warm. Winter has become more comfortable.
Did Icebreaker 200 base layer for GS3. Long sleeve top under jersey.
Worked a treat. I fancy the merino stays warmer when damp than polyprop.
Amazon US worth a look re pricing.