REVIEWED: Royal Robbins Merinolux Tee

Comfy to wear and impressively quick-drying, this merino-mix t-shirt proves ideal for wash-and-go life on the road

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Tough travel demands a good t-shirt, and while we love Icebreaker’s 100% merino t-shirts, they don’t last all that long. They’re also a bit on the slim-fit side, but both issues are addressed by the Merinolux from Royal Robbins.

Lightweight & luxe

Weighing-in at a mere 199g, the Meinolux in pewter (grey) (but also sold in orange, blue and navy) isn’t all merino. Instead, it’s 68% polyester and only 32% merino. However, that works in its favour when it comes to durability. We also liked the fact that the Merinolux is a bigger fit than most merino t-shirts; it’s not baggy, but nor does it figure-hug.

Quick-drying

We found the Merinolux to have plenty of merino-like qualities; work for four days in a row while in Malaga in Spain, the t-shirt didn’t small too bad, and after a quick hand-wash & rinse it was ready to hang-out in the Sun. Within two hours it was bone dry, but we can’t imagine it taking more than overnighter to dry in a hotel room.

Design flourishes

We also appreciated the elastic tag on the top to hang it up, something that most so-called travel t-shirts lack. That small design flourish helps protect the neckline. Our only concern is that the label insists that the Merinolux must be washed only in cold water; a travel-grade t-shirt should really be ready for anything, and not insist on special care. So we put it on a warm wash, and it came out fine – enabling us to give the Merinolux the thumbs-up. The ideal t-shirt for wash-and-go travel? It’s definitely a front-runner.

Price as reviewed: £50

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