/ British made Base Layers (Top) (Preferably Wool)

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guffers_hump 06 Feb 2020

Hi,

I am looking for some British made base layers (T-shirts) preferably wool.

I can't think of many companies that do British made base layers.

Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

Many Thanks,

Guffers

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Tom V 06 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

I reckon at least a handful of UKC ers have you down as a racist already.......

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tjdodd 06 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Not UK made (Portugal so fairly close) but a British company with excellent sustainability credentials

https://finisterre.com/collections/mens-merino-wool-base-layers

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morpcat 06 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Base layers are normally made from merino wool. Merino sheep are rarely bred in the UK, and I'd be surprised to hear there was a large enough supply of British Merino for a reasonable scale of base layer manufacture. Given that Merino sheep were originally bred in Spain, would it even count as 'made in Britain'? 

Would Alpkit suit your needs?

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deepsoup 06 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Reed Chillcheater are fairly obsessive about manufacturing all their own stuff as far as they can.  (In Devon.)  Most of what they make is aimed at aquatic users, sailors, wind surfers, sea kayakers etc..

Synthetic not wool, but they have a proprietary fleece of their own that wicks very well and takes a while to get smelly, but does tend to get a bit bobbly on the outside.  It's very warm (too warm unless it's really chilly), even when it's a bit damp.  Dunno if that's of any interest to you..
https://www.chillcheater.com/baselayers-and-undersuits/transpire-fleece-short-sleeve-top-adult

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climber34neil 06 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Montane 

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geordiepie 07 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Try EDZ...not sure if they are made in the UK but they’re a small independent gear maker based in Cumbria. 

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Pina 08 Feb 2020
In reply to geordiepie:

Try Fintra or Finnestere

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MJAngry 08 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Howies? 

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two_tapirs 08 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Alpkit

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Pina 09 Feb 2020
In reply to two_tapirs:

Pretty sure alpkit don't make anything locally?

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Pina 09 Feb 2020
In reply to tjdodd:

Looks like Finisterre have been pushing the boat out on UK merino. https://finisterre.com/blogs/fabric-of-finisterre/bowmont

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Jmacquarrie 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Pina:

Alpkit make some of their rucksacks in the UK but that's it as far as I'm aware.

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Dr.S at work 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Jmacquarrie:

They had U.K. made socks for a bit - not sure about the current ones.

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Jon Read 09 Feb 2020
In reply to guffers_hump:

Ussen do good thermals, not sure if they do merino throughout though

https://www.ussen.co.uk/

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Pina 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Jmacquarrie:

Good to know!

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TobyA 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Jmacquarrie:

The original range of bikepacking gear was all made in Nottingham and still is I believe. I think the bouldering mats are (or at least were) also.

A quick google suggests this all the UK made stuff https://www.alpkit.com/collections/microfacture-uk-made-by-alpkit

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Jmacquarrie 09 Feb 2020
In reply to TobyA:

That's good, I know they try to make what they can here but there's no way they can do all of it and offer the value for money they do. I own an awful lot of Alpkit gear and really like them as a company.

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