Merrell Merino Half-Zip
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Merino Half-Zip Base Layer
Colours: Black, Expresso, Slate Blue
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Merrell says:"This half-zip pullover in merino wool delivers high athletic function and unmatched, simple style. Perfect for anything from running in the dewy dawn to cruising in the evening. Merrell Bio-Blend™ merino wool is a natural insulator that keeps you warm even when it's damp and wicks away perspiration like nature's own high-tech fabric. Looks great over a shirt, but it's so soft you can wear it alone."
Features to Note:
- 100% sustainable merino wool
- Nature's second skin that transports water away from the skin
- Built in thermal regulation offers warmth in a variety of conditions
- Range includes crew and classic t-shirt styles as well
- Half-zip neckline
- Active Fit so can be used alone or as a base layer
Material: I've worn this as a base layer during a number of days' walking around the Peak District during the early winter. A really very soft, warm and lightweight garment that kept me very comfortable throughout several long days walking.
Fit/Design: I'm 5' 8'' and medium build. This is a relatively slim fitting garment with generous sleeve length.
Wicking Properties: As I expected from a Merino garment, the wicking properties are very good. The odour masking is also great so I can see this will be useful on some of my planned backpacking trips as well.
This is probably not aimed at the hard-core, high mountain walker. However, if you're looking for a base layer for lower level walking during the winter/autumn or for a garment for use on its own on cool summer evenings in the mountains then certainly consider this. It's a great alternative if you're looking for a well-made garment that is not based on a synthetic material.
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