SmartWool Lightweight Zip T
I urge all review-readers: as always, shop around.
Price Paid: $30
I urge all review-readers: as always, shop around. I saw this top for as much as $80, but with a few Google searches found it for $30 on clearance.
Unlike the previous reviewer, I found the sizing chart to provide a good fit (I'm a small). I've been favorably impressed with this shirt. I did expect it to provide a bit more warmth, however.
To give a better idea, I'm a hot person in general and frequently hike with this as my shirt in 60ish degree weather with a 28lb pack with no problems. I would roast alive if I tried that with a long-sleeved shirt with any kind of insulation. Don't expect it to give you much insulation.
The wicking is awesome. I sweat a lot, even if I'm properly dressed, and I have not noticed wetness at all with this shirt.
It is also more durable than I expected. I did a weekend of bushwhacking through some tough underbrush this last weekend which shredded some of my gear, including the RidgeRest I had strapped to the outside of my pack. The shirt came through unscathed.
Bottom line: this shirt is awesome, but I wouldn't buy it at $80. Look around for a better deal.
This is supposed to be a either a baselayer or midlayer…
Fabric: Merino wool
Price Paid: $35
This is supposed to be a either a baselayer or midlayer shirt that would do well in sports. I found the sizing terrible and uninteresting.
Baggy and sized poorly with too long of length and misplaced shoulder seams for a size small
If you don't mind using it as the best sleepwear ever, which is what I've adopted it for, then intend it to serve similar purposes. This is a far cry from being an athletic shirt.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
For those who run a little hot, Smartwool's Lightweight Zip T LS is the ideal fabric that combines versatility with year-round function. Made in Vietnam of New Zealand Zque Merino wool.
Made from next-to-skin merino wool, SmartWool's Lightweight Crew provides year-round functionality with temperature regulation, ultimate breathability, UPF sun protection, and odor-free freshness.
The men's SmartWool NTS Light 195 Zip-T long underwear top offers natural stretch, light insulation and high breathability during stop-and-go activities in cool temperatures. Lightweight merino wool helps maintain a comfortable temperature by wicking moisture away from skin, drying quickly and offering light insulation. Fabric protects skin from harsh UV light with a UPF rating of 35. 14 in. front zipper ventilates on demand, and contoured sleeve cuffs and droptail hem increase coverage. Sculpted side panels eliminate side seams for reduced chafing and a body-enhancing fit. Flatlock stitching eliminates abrasion, increases comfort and enhances fit by reducing bulky seams. Unlike traditional wool, SmartWool items do not itch and can be repeatedly washed and dried without shrinking. The Smartwool NTS Light 195 Zip-T long underwear top features a heat transfer logo at left sleeve cuff.
The Smartwool Men's LightweightZip Top is like the caped crusader of the baselayer world--at any time, and in any conditions, it's ready to wick moisture, dry in a flash, and naturally fight odors thanks to its soft, stretchy merino wool construction. Flatlock seams give it next-to-skin comfort and the front zip aids in venting when you overheat.