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Published on November 13, 2013

No Nonsense Merino Base Layer

Sometimes it’s worth looking beyond the obvious running apparel to uncover a real treasure. The No Nonsense Merino Base Layer from 74 Degrees is a case in point; it may have originated as a cycling base layer, but its credentials are superb and it use for running unquestionable.

Hailing from New Zealand the No Nonsense is made from 100% fine merino wool, a sustainable source which is both biodegradable and ecological, but more importantly boasts incredible thermal properties. Merino is an expensive commodity, but where some base layers hold back on the mix, these tops have a heavier knit (215gsm) which helps them hold their shape for a longer shelf-life and extends their range of use down to lower temperatures. Merino wool is also naturally antibacterial so those nasty microbes that cause bad smells in sweaty tops are held back. Not that sweat should be much of an issue, the No Nonsense wicks well and kept RunningMonkey perfectly regulated on the trail – merino helps retain heat in the cold, but keeps you cool as temperatures rise…

The cut is longer at the back – as befits a cycling base – but that actually helps keep it from riding up on the run and the overall comfort levels are outstanding. Of course there are plenty of merino and merino-mix base layers out there for runners (Helly Hansen, for example, offer a great range) but the simplicity that gives the No Nonsense it’s name is hard to beat.

The 74 Degrees No Nonsense Merino Base Layer retails at £54 for the men’s long-sleeve and £49 for the women’s, with a short-sleeve version also available (men’s only) at £49 – details and online purchase at

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