Armadillo Merino Python crew neck Base Layer for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Merino Python crew neck Base Layer for Men
Features to Note:
- 100% New Zealand superfine merino wool Jersey knit
- Fibre diameter: 17.5 microns
- Fabric weight: 190gsm
- Athletic fit
- Flatlock stitching
- Tag free neckline
- Seamless shoulders
The Armadillo Merino Python crew neck has a simple, understated look and is made using wool accredited by the ZQ Merino programme. The knit is even and the overall finish is very good. Even after several washes, all the seams are hanging straight and there is no evidence of any pilling. There are no seams on top of the shoulders which I like as I'm usually wearing a backpack.
I've been wearing the Python base layer for Wainwright Outlier bagging trips in the Lakes and for several day walks in both the White and Dark Peak. As is typical in a UK so-called Spring, the weather conditions have ranged from warm and sunny (ca 20 deg C) to colder (ca 7-8 deg C), wet and windy.
The Python feels extremely soft next to the skin with absolutely no itchiness at all. I was wearing my usual size but I found the Python to be slightly large in the body thought the sleeve length is excellent. The fabric has a stretch in it so the freedom of movement is very good.
On my less strenuous trips in colder/windier conditions I found the warmth and overall comfort provided by the Python base layer nice and reassuring. However, during any high energy activity (such as a heather-bashing or an extended climb up a Lake District fell!) which causes me to perspire I quickly saturated the Merino wool in the Python with sweat. And once saturated, it quickly became cold, clammy and quite uncomfortable. I 'run hot' and do sweat quite a lot!
This is not a criticism confined to the Python - I find all Merino wool baselayers react in the same way and would not personally choose one for any high energy activity.
A huge plus for Merino wool generally - and the Python crew neck in particular - is that the odour management is terrific.
So far, there is no sign of wear and tear, and it's washed very well - so the durability appears to be very good.
If you tend to 'run hot' and sweat during high energy activities - then steer clear of Merino wool baselayers. However, if you're a fan of Merino wool, or want something warm to camp in or stroll to the pub then Armadillio's Python crew neck could be for you. It is clearly a quality product - but £110 does seem rather on expensive side when you have a look at what else is available.
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