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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award  
Price $41.30 at Backcountry
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$72.93 at REI
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$52.15 at Amazon
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$125.00 at Backcountry
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$96.75 at Backcountry
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Pros Affordable, durable, great drying speed and breathability, wind-resistantWide range of thermoregulation, cute, super cozy, great fit, fantastic breathability, no odorGreat thermoregulation, exceptional at wicking, impressive durability, least itch factor of all wool tops testedCozy fleece interior, easy to layer, warm, high quality performance, versatile, stash pocket, tight fitImmensely comfortable, quick to dry, lightweight, huge range of thermoregulation, no smell
Cons Not as cozy or warm as merino woolLacks durability, absorbs waterNot very cozyMore expensive, not super breathableLacks durability, expensive, harder to layer
Bottom Line The best valued synthetic base layer on the marketUntouched and unmatched, this base layer is all-around supremeA lightweight base layer that packs in amazing comfort and versatilityVersatility and performance all in one packageLayering issues aside, it's one of the warmest and most breathable base layers out there
Rating Categories Capilene Midweight Crew Merino 250 1/4 Zip Merino 200 Oasis Crewe Rho LT Zip Capilene Air Crew
Warmth (25%)
6
9
8
7
8
Breathability (25%)
8
8
7
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9
Comfort And Fit (20%)
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9
7
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9
Layering Ability (20%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Capilene Midweight... Merino 250 1/4 Zip Merino 200 Oasis... Rho LT Zip Capilene Air Crew
Fabric Weight Midweight (147-grams) Midweight (250-grams) Midweight (200-grams) Lightweight (185-grams) Midweight (147-grams)
Weight (oz) 5.2 oz 7.4 oz 5.8 oz 7.0 oz 5.1 oz
Material 100% recycled polyester diamond-grid double knit 100% Merino wool 100% Merino Torrent (84% polyester / 16% elastane) 51% merino wool/49% recycled polyester seamless zigzag knit comprised of 18.5-micron-gauge lofted wool
Cuts avaliable Crew, 1/4 zip neck 1/4 zip, crew, 1/2 zip hoody Crew, 1/2 zip neck 1/4 zip neck Crew, hoody
Smelly over time? Yes No No Yes No
Odor Control Fabric Polygiene permanent odor control Naturally odor resistant Naturally odor resistant Polygiene Naturally odor resistant
Thumb Loops? Yes No No No No
UPF (Sun Protection) N/A 50 No N/A No
Length (short, medium, long) Long Medium Medium Long Medium
Fit (Based on 5'7, 140-lb woman wearing size small) Fitted at top, loose around hips Fitted (not tight), true to fit. Fitted (not tight), true to fit. Tight and long, true to fit. Fitted (not tight), true to fit.
Accessory Pocket? No No No Yes (on arm) No
Flat-lock seams (prevents chaffing) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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