Ease the transition.
As the seasons transition through fall into winter, we annually rediscover the value of clothing like Showers Pass' Long Sleeve Wool 1/4-Zip Base Layer for men. We admit to forgetting about this stuff in the summer, but the first freeze always sends us digging through the closet for base layers that perform the humble task of keeping us in the saddle through the cold, unforgiving months where even the prospect of commuting to the office can be daunting.
The nonabrasive, flatlock stitching, pajama-esque buttons, and pleasant feel of merino wool combine for comfort that helps ease transitions from dark, quiet, mornings with warm sheets and hot coffee to the frigid winter air of base miles or commutes. Once in the saddle, merino's natural insulating and moisture-managing properties —still the metric by which we measure any number of synthetic imposters — maintain a warm, dry microclimate beneath outer layers. The fit features raglan shoulders, extended sleeves, and thumbholes to maintain coverage while stretched out on the bars. It's also contoured so that, once it's on, the Wool Base Layer disappears rather than interfering with the all-important task of winter layering.