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Kepler Long Sleeve [Mens]pure merino baselayer

Premium New Zealand 160 gsm merino top, made for mountain sports whether you wear it on its own or as a base layer

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Kepler Long Sleeve [Mens] pure merino baselayer

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We use 100% genuine New Zealand merino wool to ensure our Kepler long-sleeved top earns its place in everyone's outdoor layering system.

A staple in most people's layering systems, Kepler fits right in there with excellent performance over a vast range of conditions and is, quite simply, a garment that does many things really rather well.

Breathable, wicking, fast drying, and famously odour resistant, Merino can be worn in the hot, in the cold, in the wet, and in the dry: for all round comfort over extended durations, merino is our baselayer of choice.

Thumb retainers in the cuffs keep the sleeves where they're meant to be, ensuring that your wrists are protected from the cold - pretty useful when your activity involves a lot of reaching.

Kepler is designed to be worn snug, but doesn’t need to be so skin-tight that you'll still feel like the best dressed in the pub after a day in the hills.

The benefits of Merino
Kepler is made using only the finest sustainably sourced non-mulesed New Zealand merino.

Merino wool is a natural material with properties that make it ideal for the changeable conditions you will experience during mountain activities, maybe that’s why New Zealand Merino sheep look so content strutting around their hillsides. 

When you are on a mission you don’t want to be changing your layers with every turn in the weather. When it is cold Merino keeps you warm by trapping small pockets of air within its fibres. When its warm the same fibres will help to whisk moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate back into the water cycle! If you have been trapped in your garment for several days the antibacterial properties of a chemical called lanolin will help you stop ponging.

Merino baselayer won’t make you fitter, it won’t make you go faster, but it will help you feel more comfortable when you find yourself in uncomfortable circumstances.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • 100% Genuine New Zealand mulesing free Merino
  • Moisture-wicking and breathable
  • Lightweight and quick-drying
  • Merino wool minimises odours
  • Next-to-skin comfort: flatlock stitching and anatomical fit
  • Thumb retainers stop the sleeves riding up
  • High warmth-to-weight ratio
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Materials

Fabric: 100% 160 gsm New Zealand merino
Seams: flatlock stitching

Dimensions

Weight: S: 174 g; M: 191 g; L: 192 g; XL: 207 g; XXL: 225 g

Origin: China

Merino wool is a natural material with properties that make it ideal for the changeable conditions you will experience during mountain activities, maybe that’s why New Zealand Merino sheep look so content strutting around their hillsides. When you are on a mission you don’t want to be changing your layers with every turn in the weather. When it is cold Merino keeps you warm by trapping small pockets of air within its fibres. When its warm the same fibres will help to whisk moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate back into the water cycle! If you have been trapped in your garment for several days the antibacterial properties of a chemical called lanolin will help you stop ponging. Merino baselayer won’t make you fitter, it won’t make you go faster, but it will help you feel more comfortable when you find yourself in uncomfortable circumstances. The better you look after this merino baselayer the better it will look after you. Cleaning can be done in luke warm handwash (or gentle machine wash). Merino can and does develop holes the more adventures you go on, so darn these up as soon as you can, othersise they will get bigger and you’ll be needing a new one! Common causes include snagging, vigorous machine washing, putting your finger through them when pulliing them on and hungry moths.

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Finance

We offer a range of finance options from 0% to 9.9% starting on orders over £500. Please give us a call on 01773 417007 to apply for finance. Our customer support heros will take your order and talk you through the quick and easy application process.

Alpine Bond

If one of our products does not meet your expectations upon delivery or, if it does not live up to the demands placed upon it, please return it within 3 years of purchase for repair, replacement or refund. If the problem is our fault then we will do this to your satisfaction if it’s your fault then we will help out the best we can.
Mens sizing
S M L XL XXL
Chest (inches) 37" 40" 43" 46" 49"
Waist (inches) 30" 32" 34" 36" 38"

These size charts show the body measurements that an Alpkit garment of a given size is designed to fit. They are not actual garment measurements. Measure yourself as described below, and use the size chart to find your size.

Chest: measure around your chest at the widest part. The tape measure should pass under your arms, and be level from front to back.
Waist: measure around your waist at the narrowest part.
Hips: standing with your feet together, measure around your hips at the widest part.

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Mark Mulrain
Getting another one as soon as I can
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Mine got slightly smelly after 3 weeks of constant use in the Himalayas. I'd have hated to have smelled some of the poly thermals my friends were wearing

Nick Coombes
Kepler merino base layer

I wore my Kepler long sleeve top last Saturday 3rd June for the Lyke Wake Walk - 42 miles across the North York Moors. It did what it says it will do... kept me warm in the cool morning (2am start) and was cool when the day got hot, which it did. No chafing, no rubbing, and no ponging after a solid 18 hours effort (we weren't quick!). Great piece of kit. Keep up the good work!

Charlie
Great bit of kit

Really good piece of kit. Very comfy and warm. Love the feature of the thumb holes and long sleeves. My only issue with it is the neck line is super wide and leave a lot of skin exposed. I'd like it to be higher/ tighter, so I don't have to wear a second layer underneath to close the gap.

knoisyknees
nearly superb

a wonderful garment in many ways but,,,,,.The neck line is so low.I have to use a scarf/buff to stop the heat loss.Such a shame on a great piece of kit.

Aransud
Good, but not fit

The neck line is too low, not too fit, size Mfor me is like L of other merinoshirts.
The rest is ok, no smell for days

Kudos

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