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Median Strip

Short sleeved merino riding shirt.
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Middle-of-the-road luxury for backcountry warriors, tarmac heroes and retro-grouches. Odour resistant Heatwave™ Merino is cool enough to wear on all but the hottest summer days. Walk the line.

Heatwave™ hi-performance bodywear combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
Long front zip for venting.
Raglan sleeves.
Rear security pocket and twin elasticised angle-pockets.
'Backpack-friendly' rear zip slider garage.
WhaleTail™ covers your back.
No-elastic hem.
Sewn in emergency tube repair patch, because you can never be too well-prepared.
Weight: 220 gm.
Made by us in New Zealand.

What is the difference between the Median Strip, Road Rage and Stingray?

> All share similar design features: long zips, high collars, rear pockets and short sleeves. The main difference is in the fabric.

> The Heatwave merino used in the Median Strip is used extensively in our clothing range, for use in both hot and cold climes, and is versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.

> The Road Rage and Stingray are summer specific designs. Their lightweight HyperActive fabric is packed with technology to keep you cool and dry as. The bi-component knit backs a sharp-looking polyester outer with a smooth layer of nano-charcoal polyester against your skin. Nano-charcoal disperses sweat to accelerate evaporation and is naturally anti-microbial to fight nasty smells. The fabric dries at the speed of light - great when reduced to hand washing on tour - and even performs its quick-drying magic in the wet under a rain jacket.

> With these summer-weight tops, the Road Rage has a slim, 'performance' fit, while the Stingray is a standard, relaxed fit. The Road Rage has an additional rear centre stretch pocket for stashing heavy or bulky stuff - letting you keep your payload in balance.

Why is Heatwave Merino so comfortable next-to-skin?

> Heatwave combines the comfort, warmth and low-odour properties of merino wool with the durability of polyester. Merino wool absorbs more moisture than synthetic fibres like polyester or polypropylene. This makes it very effective in dealing with excess sweat - it is absorbed into the fabric rather than settling (and cooling) on your skin. The polyester component repels moisture which avoids total saturation of the fabric - helping it to dry faster. The strength of the polyester also maintains the shape of the garment and minimises wear 'n' tear and pilling.

> The Baked Alaska and Popsicle are intended to be used as a stand alone cycle top in cool, as opposed to cold, conditions.

> The Ristretto, Model T, Robin Hood, Submerino and Hot Toddy are all base layers - best worn directly against your skin.

> The Median Strip, Berglar and Flying Nun are riding jerseys, with additional features including three rear pockets and long front zips. For use in both hot and cold climes and versatile enough to wear as an insulation layer in winter.

Washing Instructions?

> Try to avoid cold-water detergents, those with bleach, fabric softener or 'oxygen whitener'. Bleach rots natural fibres like wool. Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run. Fabric softener can do both.

> Warm machine wash, 40°C.

> Where possible look for a product with a neutral pH level (pH 7) to avoid damaging the wool. As a rule of thumb, product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like Ecover, Ecostore, Earthwise or Aware.

> Wash colours separately.

> Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so drying on the line or hanging over the bedpost does the trick. Or use a dryer on a warm (not hot) cycle.