Do you seek a base layer that can be worn every day? The Smartwool Merino 250 Crew is one of the most comfortable contenders tested. This top is offered in a plethora of cute patterns that will not only have you looking adorable in the mountains but around town as well! The 250-g of Merino wool is soft to the touch and feels great against the skin. Wear it as a stand-alone piece in the Fall and Spring, or as apart of a layering system in the winter time. It thermoregulates throughout one of the widest ranges tested, with similar performance to our Editors' Choice winner, the Smartwool Merino 250 ¼ Zip.
While our testers love this piece and give it a Top Pick for Everyday Wear, it is the least durable option tested. Our testing team observed stitching fly-aways, pilling, and even hole after extended use (in just three months). For $105, we weren't impressed by the value. That said, if you don't plan on wearing it for extended periods of time with a backpack or while shimmying through slot canyons, this may still be an excellent option for you!