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WoolX Hannah Review

Price:  $79 List | $74.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Touchably soft, versatile fit, stretchy, wide range of thermoregulation, exemplary wicking, high value
Cons:  Durability, sticky to layer
Bottom line:  This 100% merino wool base layer provides the most bang for your buck!
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Material:  100% Merino wool, 230 Midweight
Zip neck or crew neck?:  Crew
Smelly over time?:  No
Manufacturer:   WoolX

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. So if you seek a Merino wool layer that performs well for a low price of just $79, be sure to check out the WoolX Hannah.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Amber King

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 27, 2018

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The WoolX 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 throughout the year.

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 and dipping down into the double negative digits. It scores an eight out of ten.

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

This shirt is warmer than all synthetics tested including our Top Pick for Versatility, the Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip Neck. In comparison to other Merino wool layers, it provides ample warm similar to the Smartwool Merino 250 1/4 Zip, our Editors' Choice award winner, but not as warm as the uber thick Icebreaker Tech, loaded with 260-g of Merino Wool.

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. The fabric weave is comparatively tighter than the Smartwool competitors but not as tight as the Icebreaker. As a result, it earns a high score of eight out of ten. 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! Earning a high score of nine out of ten, our testers love its super cozy fabric fibers that are soft to the touch. It's super flexible and stretchy, providing a great fit for all body types.

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

Our diversity of testers didn't notice any constrictions or issues with fit. As a bonus, the arms and torso are nice and long, similar to the Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip and Smartwool 250 ¼ Zip. Also, because the fabric is thinner than the Icebreaker 260 it feels a little more comfortable to wear for multiple days on end!

The Hannah fits true to size! No need to size up or down.

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. As a result, it earns a five out of ten, similar to the Icebreaker 260 Midweight. While it performs quite well in a layered system, we found that the fabric sometimes bunches up and even rides up when layered under a fleece 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.
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.

Since it's not super tight and stretchy like the REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Crew, our Best Buy winner, it has a higher affinity to grab and not stay in place. Overall, this is a great piece to put on a jacket or layer. A small tank top or t-shirt also fits nicely underneath as well; it just might require a little extra effort to put a layer on top.

This shirt features longer arms and torso that still provides coverage even if the shirt rides up a little.

Drying Speed


In comparison to other Merino wool contenders, this layer has about an average drying speed, scoring a six out of ten. In our dryer tests, it took 90 minutes to dry out, similar to all Merino wool contenders, except for the Smartwool ¼ Zip, which took about ten minutes longer.


That said, this is the drying time when taken off. While sweating ourselves silly in our field tests, we found ourselves dry and comfortable while wearing the Hannah. The fabric didn't even feel wet after intense run sessions. In comparison, synthetics like the Patagonia Midweight Capilene Crew proved to dry the fastest, making a great alternative if you're seeking a quick-to-dry base layer.

Durability


Scoring an average score of six out of ten, it's not a surprise that this Merino wool contender is not the most durable in this review. That said, it didn't show any serious wear and tear even after skiing, running, and hiking through the backcountry over three months.

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.

We noted a couple of stitching fly-aways with some minor pilling, but these problems weren't nearly as serious as those we observed with the fragile (but comfy) fabrics of the Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew, our Top Pick for Everyday Wear that wore a hole in the fabric! If you seek the most durable baselayer out there, synthetics made with 100% polyester are far more durable. Check out the Arc'teryx Rho LT Zip or The North Face Warm Crew, one of the most durable base layers in this review.

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.

Best Applications


Whether you're running a winter marathon or planning an epic backpacking adventure, the WoolX Hannah will keep you warm and cozy. Its wide range of thermoregulation is great for just about anything. Just avoid it for wear during high-friction activities like crack climbing or canyoneering as we're not sure if the fabric will hold up through all the squeezing and shimmying.

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!

Value


As a high-performing product with a price tag of just $79, this Merino wool option provides the best value of any other Merino base layer in this review. If you prefer the least expensive base layer and our Best Buy award winner of the synthetics, check out the REI Co-op Midweight Crew for just $50.

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 of just $79!
Amber King

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