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Baked Alaska

Windproof Merino riding top.
NZ$159
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A hot 'n' cold top that propels you at the speed limit across the gap between summer and winter. Its WindFoil™ softshell front takes the edge off a chilly headwind while the Heatwave™ Merino sucks sweat off your body. Wrap your meringue around that.


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Heatwave™ hi-performance thermal bodywear combines a merino inner layer with a fast-drying polyester outer.
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WindFoil™ softshell front deflects chilly winds.
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Long front zip for temperature control.
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Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
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'Snug-as-a-bug' fit keeps the fabric against your skin to wick sweat away.
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Integrated thumb loops keep your wrists under wraps.
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Twin rear pockets with zips and Hazard!™ reflective piping.
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Secret tube repair patch.
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WhaleTail™ longer back for greater cycling warmth.
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Weight: 270 gm.
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XXL size option.
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Made by us in New Zealand.

Why use two different types of fabric on this top?

> For short trips in stable weather conditions, a Ground Effect composite top lets you travel light and fast with just a single thermal layer. These designs combine a WindFoil™ front with a breathable Heatwave™ Merino back. A long front zip for ventilation allows you to manage your body temperature through a wide range of conditions. Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too.

What's the difference between the Baked Alaska and the Frosty Boy?

> Both have WindFoil softshell fronts to block chilling winds and keep your torso warm. The Frosty Boy is a much warmer top with the entire front and yoke constructed from WindFoil, plus the front of its sleeves. Only the front panel on the Baked Alaska is WindFoil. The balance of the Frosty Boy is made from Thermostat™ - lightweight, quick-drying laminated fleece, while the Baked Alaska uses the thinner Heatwave Merino.

> The Frosty Boy is ideal for winter riding while the Baked Alaska is more suited for spring and autumn.

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?

> WindFoil and Heatwave merino garments enjoy a warm machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach. The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation.

> Bleach rots natural fibres, strips the dye and may also cause irritation. Along with fabric softeners it may also damage the WindFoil laminate.

> Even wool detergents can contain potential nasties. 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.

> Be sure not to wash with socks, fluffy towels or flannelette sheets. Lint clings to the fleece and your top will suddenly look very old.

> Wash inside-out to resist pilling.

> Line dry if possible - a warm (not hot) cycle in the dryer if you must.