Home Men's Baselayers Smartwool merino 1/4 zip 150 – Editor’s Choice

Smartwool merino 1/4 zip 150 – Editor’s Choice




£79.99 www.smartwool.com

For me, this is the standout baselayer here. Made from 100% merino wool, it’s the top I’d choose as the foundation of a backpacking clothing system in mixed, 3-4 season conditions for an extended trip. Not all merino is made equal – some succumbs to smells sooner or is too warm to wear in high summer. Here, the wool is of great quality, the 150 denier regulates temperature well over a wide range from cool to warm, and it can withstand a lot of wear before it needs a wash. It is simply styled with arms of a good length that can be easily hoisted above the elbow to spill heat, the waist is long enough not to rise up or chaff under a pack, and the zip is (just about) long enough to ventilate at the neck. As you’d expect, seams are flatlocked for comfort. I’d prefer a colour other than black, so as not to soak up too much sun, but otherwise this is pretty much perfect. Weight 240g.

▶ Verdict: An excellent all rounder for extended trips.

▶ Best for: Walking, trekking and backpacking in mixed conditions.

Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern