Turtle & the Hare
The turtleneck is a winter classic for a reason. Warm and versatile, it offers neck protection and helps prevent chafing from high jacket collars in stiff winds. Ours is delivered in a soft, lightweight Merino wool honeycomb jacquard that resists odors and wicks sweat as you heat up over the run. Thumbholes add versatility on colder days.
Turtlenecks have been worn by sportsmen since the 19th century, but they’ve lost touch with performance in recent years. And that’s a shame, since the silhouette is inherently warm and versatile. Our Merino wool blend delivers on all counts. It’s temperature-regulating, odor-repelling and dries in a flash, with the comfort and easy-going style of a turtleneck you’d pair with jeans. The waffle-like texture helps move air and moisture while running, and ensures this shirt feels light as air. Roll the neck up on the coldest days and down as things heat up.
Merino is Magic
If you’re still not familiar with the performance benefits of Merino wool, be prepared for a revelation. Soft and not at all scratchy, Merino wicks moisture and regulates temperature just like animal hair (because it sort of is). It’s almost completely impervious to odor and stays warm even when it’s wet. The Fells takes advantage of a honeycomb jacquard knit. Similar to a waffle knit pattern, it helps trap warm air close to the body and provides insulation without clinging.
Borrowed from Sport
Like the Henley, the turtleneck has its roots in 19th century British sport. Known as a “polo neck,” it was first donned by mallet wielding horsemen in the mid 1800s. Adopted in the 1920s as a unisex fashion item, it became a symbol of the Beatnik generation in the 60s and forever linked to Steve Jobs as Apple rose to prominence in the 90s.
From the Fells
Our Fells pieces are inspired by cross country’s wet and wild cousin: fell running. Facing challenging courses and unpredictable British weather, fell runners have long relied on wool clothing to keep them warm and protected in tough conditions.