There is a special feeling we get when donning this all-star garment. The fabric is light and cozy with a gentle stretch that forms to any movement. Its comfort is combined with handsome styling and technical advantages that make it equally useful for a date with Eve or Everest. Our psych was only slightly tempered by small concerns about drying speed and durability, but when viewed across all our tests and analyses, this model is the top dog. Or top sheep?
SmartWool switched up the name on this top to "Merino 250 Base Layer," previously known as the SmartWool NTS 250. Other than adding some new color options, that's the only change. It's still available at online retailers in its old name, but know that it's the same shirt under both names.
The SmartWool isn't the only model that impressed us. Those that balk at its $100 price tag might consider the Best Buy winning The North Face Warm. Otherwise, the Rab Merino+ 160 provides great comfort and breathability for warmer temperature adventures. That said, for anyone who needs to have the best, it's hard to do better than the SmartWool. For our full review of base layers, head over to our Men's Long Underwear Review.