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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award   
Price $52.25 at Backcountry
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Pros Great thermoregulation, exceptional at wicking, impressive durability, least itch factor of all wool tops testedWide range of thermoregulation, cute, super cozy, great fit, fantastic breathability, no odorCozy fleece interior, easy to layer, warm, high quality performance, versatile, stash pocket, tight fitImmensely comfortable, quick to dry, lightweight, huge range of thermoregulation, no smellGreat thermoregulation, comfortable and fitted fabrics, great patterns and colors
Cons Not very cozyLacks durability, absorbs waterMore expensive, not super breathableLacks durability, expensive, harder to layerPoor durability
Bottom Line A lightweight base layer that packs in amazing comfort and versatilityUntouched and unmatched, this base layer is all-around supremeVersatility and performance all in one packageLayering issues aside, it's one of the warmest and most breathable base layers out thereImpeccable comfort and thermoregulation, but not without some durability problems
Rating Categories Merino 200 Oasis Crewe Merino 250 1/4 Zip Rho LT Zip Capilene Air Crew 185 Rock'N'Wool Long Sleeve
Warmth (25%)
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Breathability (25%)
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Comfort And Fit (20%)
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Layering Ability (20%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs Merino 200 Oasis... Merino 250 1/4 Zip Rho LT Zip Capilene Air Crew 185 Rock'N'Wool...
Fabric Weight Midweight (200-grams) Midweight (250-grams) Lightweight (185-grams) Midweight (147-grams) Midweight (185-grams)
Weight (oz) 5.8 oz 7.4 oz 7.0 oz 5.1 oz 5.1 oz
Material 100% Merino 100% Merino wool Torrent (84% polyester / 16% elastane) 51% merino wool/49% recycled polyester seamless zigzag knit comprised of 18.5-micron-gauge lofted wool 100% merino wool
Cuts avaliable Crew, 1/2 zip neck 1/4 zip, crew, 1/2 zip hoody 1/4 zip neck Crew, hoody Crew, 1/4 zip
Smelly over time? No No Yes No No
Odor Control Fabric Naturally odor resistant Naturally odor resistant Polygiene Naturally odor resistant Naturally odor resistant
Thumb Loops? No No No No No
UPF (Sun Protection) No 50 N/A No No
Length (short, medium, long) Medium Medium Long Medium Medium
Fit (Based on 5'7, 140-lb woman wearing size small) Fitted (not tight), true to fit. Fitted (not tight), true to fit. Tight and long, true to fit. Fitted (not tight), true to fit. Fitted (not tight), true to fit.
Accessory Pocket? No No Yes (on arm) No No
Flat-lock seams (prevents chaffing) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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