Reviews

4

Sturdy, warm, and straightforward. This is not the…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90

Summary

Sturdy, warm, and straightforward. This is not the most comfortable wool base layer out there, but it performs beautifully in terms of fit, warmth, and durability.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Durable

Cons

  • Rough on skin
  • Expensive

This top is well made and will keep you warm. No bells, no whistles.

DSC00747.jpg

Fit & Comfort - Fit in arms, shoulders, and torso is true to size, keeping in mind that the desired fit of this top is very snug. I'd recommend trying it on before buying if you have concerns about the sizing. The wool was fine on my skin, but other backpackers found it rough/uncomfortable compared to other wool/blend options.

Breathable - Yes! This snug base layer has a lot of air flow if it's the only top you're wearing. You'll feel a breeze, so get ready to layer up if you're a cold sleeper. If you sweat in it, it will dry after short breaks in activity (if you remove your shell/top layer).

Warmth & Function - Very warm/performs as expected. This top will keep you warm, even when it is filthy, so it is great for long distance excursions. It dries quickly in the sun/wind after a rinse in a stream/lake.

Construction & Durability - This is a sturdy top that holds up well under heavy use. After 6 months of daily use it had no holes/tares, though it did end up stretching out a bit.

Cost - $90 is steep for a shirt. For my needs, the shirt delivered. I didn't have to replace it after 6 months of daily use, and it kept me warm. If you plan to use it a lot it is worth it, but for me the pricetag drives down the overall rating of this item. 

G00SE MODERATOR

How was the odor over time? I once wore a smartwool wool base for 3 months, and I was surprised how "fresh" it stayed.


25 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Christine!


24 days ago

Where to Buy

sponsored links
Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support Trailspace's independent gear reviews.

Helly Hansen HH Wool LS Crew

previously retailed for:
$42.99 - $89.95

The Helly Hansen HH Wool LS Crew is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 22, 2017 at Moosejaw.

Recently on Trailspace

Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles Review

ALPS Mountaineering Nimbus Jacket Review

Outdoor Research Shiftup Zip Top Review

Kelty Red Cloud 6650 Review

Last couple of months in the SE mountains

DMM Wallnut Review