The end of October I was approached by Lab-Gear to review a few of their new woman’s line, 99. Today we are going to go over the pro’s and con’s, as well as share some photos of the different shirts we reviewed. First, make sure to read our preview from December.
One thing very unique about Lab-Gear was the process of ordering these garments. You go through a whole build out picking sizing, color weighs, and options. The options include a GT Stripe (racing stripe,) thumb holes, and various stitching for the cuff and collars.
After submitting your order the customer service is top notch. At anytime it is telling you where your order is along in their system. Finally, you take delivery. They are wrapped up nicely like a brilliant gift for you. Made exclusively for you! It happened also, to be delivered on my birthday.
This is a lighter weight long sleeve top. Easily worn with jeans or on your favorite long ride. We chose to build out our 99 tops to match well together as you can see in the photos. Due to this being very close to your skin, if you are sensitive to wool, you may get itchy while wearing this top.
Merino wool does its job, even though a very thin (tshirt like) top. This guy will keep you warm by itself on slightly chilly days, or team it up with the 99 Mid to have a very warm outfit.
With the fitting we decided to order the top to be a fashion fit. Not too tight, but a normal size you would by from a clothing store. The shirt fits well, but is on the shorter side for the size it is fitting.
As an outerwear top it is not quite a jersey, not quite a full on jacket. It reminded me a lot of a track style jacket. The Mid has a higher collar, thicker weave of merino and a zipper collar.
We ordered this top a size bigger than the T as it was going to be worn over other tops. Teaming the Mid and T up together is going to be the perfect spring morning ride apparel. The colors we decided on go well together for the pieces separate or together.
The cost are high for these tops, but merino wool comes at a price, as does customizing to your own liking. At the time of typing this the convert of currency from AUS to USD is:
$130 for the Mid
$78.35 for the T
After a couple months of weekly use, washing, wearing and riding in - these tops look brand new. This isn’t normally the case with wool, you often get pulling or threads snagged.