By the 1890s the modern bicycle design had settled and this new machine spread like a virus around the world. The bicycle was then fastest way to travel long distances overland. Intrepid young Australians with an appetite for adventure strapped what they needed to their bikes and headed into the outback in an effort to be the first, or the fastest, to cover the vast distances between Australia's major centres. With no roads, few known food or water sources, no reliable maps and rudimentary equipment, these early "Overlanders" were lauded by the media and worshipped by the public. Entire towns lined their streets to greet the Overlanders as they rode through. Stories of adventure and survival in exotic places captivated the public. These were the first bikepackers. Their history has been lost.
Inspired by the Overlanders and their lives of simple adventure we set out to answer the following question: 'If you could only pack one shirt on your next trip, what would it be’? Created for modern day Overlanders (Jesse and Sarah) and everyday adventurers alike, the Merino Overlander Tee will keep you warm, odourless, and your luggage light.
When it comes to finding a performance material that works day after day, there’s really nothing that comes close to merino wool. Odour resistant, highly breathable and exceptionally warm even when you’re drenched with sweat, it’s is the ideal barrier between you and the natural environment. The only problem with merino is it’s durability. That’s why we’ve spun it with a super fine nylon core to create a stronger, more durable garment that will not only keep you comfortable but also, make it through the gnarliest of adventures in one piece. On the back of the tee we’ve also added a strip of high grade retroreflective dots so that you’re safe and visible wherever the road may take you.
Note on sizing: The Merino Overlander Tee runs a size smaller than our Osaka Logo Tees. So if you were a small in the Osaka Tee, you'll be a medium in the Overlander Tee for example.