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WoolX Hannah Review

This 100% merino wool base layer provides the most bang for your buck!
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Price:  $85 List | $85.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Touchably soft, versatile fit, stretchy, wide range of thermoregulation, exemplary wicking, high value
Cons:  Durability, sticky to layer
Manufacturer:   WoolX
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 8, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 9
  • Breathability - 25% 6
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 8
  • Layering Ability - 20% 5
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The WoolX Hannah balances performance and price as the highest value merino wool contender tested! Featuring 230-g of 100% Merino wool that is touchably soft, you'll want to wear this shirt every day. The fit works well for a diversity of body types because the material stretches and conforms to every curve of the body. The longer arms and torso provide great coverage locking in warmth. It also doesn't stretch out or shrink with use. When testing in Northern Ontario during the polar vortex, temperatures plummeted to the double negatives. We wore this as our base layer under just a jacket, and we found ourselves staying warm while taking a hike on a frozen-over lake. As a result, it's one of the warmest base layers tested that breathes as well.

Updated Colors

The green version of the Hannah that we tested is no longer offered, but you can still pick up this fairly priced base layer in a variety of colors, such as the grey pictured above.

September 2019


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Pros Touchably soft, versatile fit, stretchy, wide range of thermoregulation, exemplary wicking, high valueWide 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 fitGreat thermoregulation, comfortable and fitted fabrics, great patterns and colors
Cons Durability, sticky to layerLacks durability, absorbs waterNot very cozyMore expensive, not super breathablePoor durability
Bottom Line This 100% merino wool base layer provides the most bang for your buck!Our favorite base layer with the best thermoregulation that we continue to love.Icebreaker uses the most comfortable wool in this seemingly lightweight base layer.This high performance synthetic is a Top Pick for pretty much any adventure you dream up.A great thermoregulator with some durability issues.
Rating Categories WoolX Hannah Merino 250 1/4 Zip Merino 200 Oasis Crewe Rho LT Zip 185 Rock'N'Wool Long Sleeve
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Specs WoolX Hannah Merino 250 1/4 Zip Merino 200 Oasis... Rho LT Zip 185 Rock'N'Wool...
Fabric Weight Midweight (230-grams) Midweight (250-grams) Midweight (200-grams) Lightweight (185-grams) Midweight (185-grams)
Material 100% Merino wool 100% Merino wool 100% Merino Torrent (84% polyester / 16% elastane) 100% merino wool
Cuts avaliable Crew 1/4 zip, crew, 1/2 zip hoody Crew, 1/2 zip neck 1/4 zip neck Crew, 1/4 zip
Smelly over time? No No No Yes No
Odor Control Fabric Naturally odor resistant Naturally odor resistant Naturally odor resistant Polygiene Naturally odor resistant
Thumb Loops? No No No No No
UPF (Sun Protection) 50 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 (not tight), true to fit. 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

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Hannah is the best valued Merino wool base layer tested. Versatile and fit for active or standing use, it provides a wide range of thermoregulation that will keep you comfortable throughout your next adventure. Build a snowman, go running, or take a hike in this super versatile layer.

Performance Comparison


A look at the length of the Hannah  a great Merino wool option for those with longer arms and/or torso.
A look at the length of the Hannah, a great Merino wool option for those with longer arms and/or torso.

Warmth


Utilizing 230-g of Merino Wool, the Hannah is one of the warmest base layers in this review. In comparison to other synthetics, it thermoregulates better through a wide range of temperatures, keeping us comfortable in temperatures reaching up 70-degrees F and dipping down into the double negative digits.

This Merino wool contender is soft  cozy  and warm!
This Merino wool contender is soft, cozy, and warm!

Breathability


Like all Merino wool contenders, its breathability is quite nice! We took this shirt running in conditions that varied from warm to cold. In all conditions, it wicked away moisture effectively keeping us comfortable and dry…even when stopped. Truly take this top anywhere…it won't need to air out even in your sweatiest endeavors.

Comfort & Fit


This is one of the most comfortable and well-fitted shirts in this review! Constructed of soft 100% Merino wool fibers, our testers love its super cozy fabric fibers that feel comfortable next to the skin. The fabric isn't itchy and it stretches to provide a great fit for all body types. The size is true to fit and the torso and arm length are ample, allowing you to reach overhead without the fabric slipping to expose any skin. The fabrics are also thick, so you can wear them all day comfortably without a care in the world. Grab a cup of tea and curl up with your favorite book on a cold, rainy afternoon.

A look at the fit of this basic Merino wool base layer.
A look at the fit of this basic Merino wool base layer.

Layering Ability


With a grabbier face fabric that stretches, but doesn't hug the skin like other competitors, we found this shirt a little hard to layer under tight mid-layers. Being a little thicker, when paired with another material that is fleecy or soft, it sometimes bunches up and even rides up. However, under a slippery mid-layer, it performs just fine. The additional torso and arm length are helpful to hold onto when pulling on another layer. The stretchiness of the fabric enables you to wear a lightweight tee or tank underneath as well.

Layering the Hannah is a little harder than other synthetic competitors because of its stickier face fabrics. That said  we enjoy the long arms that allow us to pull them through the mid layer.
Layering the Hannah is a little harder than other synthetic competitors because of its stickier face fabrics. That said, we enjoy the long arms that allow us to pull them through the mid layer.

Durability


It's not a surprise that this Merino wool contender is not the most durable in this review. The fabric, like other wool contenders, snags and can rip if you're not careful. Throughout our testing period, we also noted a couple of minor stitching fly-aways and pilling after washing. But, this is us being supercritical as outdoor gear testers.

This Merino wool contender is not as durable as synthetics  but it sure did hold up in our testing period.
This Merino wool contender is not as durable as synthetics, but it sure did hold up in our testing period.

After our three month testing period, no serious wear and tear was noted even after wearing a backpack (and no other layers) while skiing and hiking through the backcountry. Overall, there are no serious durability issues and it performs as any Merino wool shirt should.

While the stitching is great and there are no holes after our testing period. That said  we did observe a little pilling after use and a few washes.
While the stitching is great and there are no holes after our testing period. That said, we did observe a little pilling after use and a few washes.

Value


As a high-performing product with a fair price tag, this Merino wool option provides a lot of value.

Conclusion


This high-value 100% Merino wool midweight base layer is highly versatile and perfect for any outdoor endeavor. Layer it or wear it on its own for all-day comfort. We especially love its low comparative price tag!

Take this layer on your next hike  ski  camping trip  or any outdoor adventure!
Take this layer on your next hike, ski, camping trip, or any outdoor adventure!


Amber King