Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Baselayer Short Sleeve Reviewed

Text by: Cameron Argyle-Robinson

Smartwool. Smartwool Men’s Merino 150 Baselayer Short Sleeve Reviewed

Is Merino worth it? An investment or just another marketing tool to make you spend more money? Let’s find out.

First off what is Merino wool? Its origins are from Southern Spain many centuries ago but more recently it is most commonly found and associated with New Zealand and Australian sheep. Known for its softness and fine quality, ability to absorb and dissipate moisture from the body make it great for wearing for long periods of time without smelling horrendous and getting cold.

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Our review of this product

The pros are:

  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Irritation free on the skin
  • Nice loose fit

The cons are:

  • Shrinks on a low temp setting

Picking up the Merino 150 Baselayer tee up for the first time I thought I had been sent a child’s size as it was so light! Very soft and smooth to the touch I wasted no time in trying it on. Perfect for going under a couple layers before hitting the slopes, underneath a sweater and going to the gym in.

I started to find that I would only wear the tee instead of adding another layer on as I used it more and more. Sitting in the house I found I started to heat up and sweat even though I wasn’t doing anything that would result in that. Very surprised by this as I had never found myself experiencing that which I would normally attribute to having a sweater or another layer on.

So how was it when doing something with a little bit of movement and exercise. Well incredible! I would go for long hikes with a bag on and build up a sweat and then see how it absorbed the moisture when I stopped and sat down. Again I was blown away with the speed it pulled the moisture from the skin to the outer side of the tee. This is the natural wicking and absorption that you don’t get from synthetics.

You know when you take a backpack off then you dread putting it back on because the bag and the back of the tee are wet and cold? Well, I barely noticed it with this merino t-shirt. That was such a nice thing not to have to think about bringing a spare t-shirt when doing something because it dried off so quickly. Just brilliant!

I also liked the fact that I could chuck it on when heading out for dinner. Nothing too fancy you know but still smart that you can head out to the restaurant or bar.

So is it a worthwhile investment? Defiantly, I probably wear the most out of any t-shirts I own.

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