The Showers Pass Short Sleeve Merino Henley is made of a bamboo-merino blend of fibers that pair the best properties of both materials. Merino wool is renown for its warm, wicking and anti-odor features, and the bamboo adds a soft touch. I’ve been rocking the long sleeve iteration of the Showers Pass henley and as it’s been a favorite go-to piece, I was stoked to acquire a short sleeve version.
Like the long sleeve edition, it’s a bit heavier weight; I’d consider it a mid-weight blend. For the warm summer months it was been a bit on the heavy side for riding, but now that we’re into fall and base layers are mandatory, the henley is in heavy rotation for my commute as well as cool weather trail rides. Fortunately for my co-workers, the anti-odor properties of the wool do a fine job of performing as promised.
- Mesh panels under the arms
- Raglan sleeve
- Flat lock stitching
- Button down Henley styling
- UPF 50+ sun protection
On the trail
The henley is one of the most versatile tops you can own and has become a staple of my wardrobe. Essentially a polo without a collar, they can be dressed or down as needed and the button down placket allows additional ventilation when needed. The durable mid-weight material is on the warm side for summer, but we’ve found it to be a great choice for spring, fall and winter riding. We’re in the season for layering and while it features a trim fit, it’s more than comfortable paired with short and long sleeve base layers.
The top is a solid performer and as it doesn’t feature loud branding, is a functional piece you can wear out after the ride or every day, making it a versatile piece. I’ve been pairing it with the blue prototype Showers Pass IMBA shorts (uh, that might be a secret) and it’s a great combination that works well for anything from commuting to trail riding to ‘adventure rides’ on the gravel bike.
I initially went with the same size (medium) as the long sleeve henley I have, against the recommendations of the crew at Showers Pass. The initial size run ran a full size too small which had the medium fitting me like a base layer. If that’s your intention, follow the size chart. As I was looking for an everyday fit, swapping out the a full size larger resulted in a great fit — fitted and not baggy. (I’m 5’10, 163lbs, size 38 jacket for comparison)
The Showers Pass Short Sleeve Bamboo Merino Henley lists for $75. Check it out at ShowersPass.com.
It’s also available on Amazon.com