10Likelihood To Recommend
Hike, Ski, Nordic Ski and Snowshoe
American Alpine Club Member
The base layer I’ve been looking for
I have several requirements for a baselayer. Most importantly, it needs to wick moisture and dry super fast. Because this fabric is so thin, and has a synthetic core, it fulfills that requirement. At the same time, because it’s mostly merino, it doesn’t smell. Very useful if you are doing something other than backpacking with a tent. Second, it needs to fit well. I would call this a normal slim baselayer fit, not compression tight. It is defitely looser than my Icebreak zone 150 shirts. The other thing I wanted was a good hood. This is the best hood yet. Too many hoods are too loose and wide, leaving your forehead uncovered. This one fits like a good balaclava, but with the option of unzipping the chin/neck if needed. Finally, the rear panel is perforated. It’s not see through, but should vent more. I always look for differential fabrics front to back, since any moving sport causes more wind at the front, and most times, a backpack covers the back.