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Mons Royale Knows Merino

I can't think of anything better to wear on my bum

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Price: $45

Sizes: XS-XL

Materials: "Super soft merino"

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A New Zealand company based in Lake Wanaka, Mons Royale caught my eye for its brilliant colors and clean design. The company, which was founded in 2009, backs their style up with merino wool that is super soft and warm.

The Hannah Hot Pant are briefs, but a touch longer. The cut hits mid-thigh, which I really appreciated for the comfort factor. A wide elastic band secures the hold at the waist so they stay put and don't hike up when I'm moving, be that skiing hot laps in the resort or skinning into the backcountry. And the merino was ever so soft, with no itch at all. That's a crux factor when it comes to underwear.

I was especially grateful for this extra layer of warm merino to regulate my temperature during the cold snap in December. Come spring, the thin, super-fine merino will be perfect to regulate temperatures and breathe when the sun warms up. I'd even wear them sans longjohns.

Up top, the Sierra Sports bra ($50) is also made of merino, a triple-layer weave gives the bra more support and structure. A thinner mesh in the back keeps air flowing. There were pads, but I took those out immediately. I've always used sports bras with more stretch, so I was pleasantly surprised by how these held up and kept up. It's a racer-back cut to encourage movement, and while I approve them for active women, the armpit was a bit too high and tight.

I can’t speak for the boys, but I bet they’d also recommend the briefs made for them (pictured above).

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