The WoolX men's Everyday Long Sleeve Crew, 230 Midweight…
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (WoolX Facebook contest)
The WoolX men's Everyday Long Sleeve Crew, 230 Midweight Top (X506-302) has become, without any doubt, my favorite base layer top. I wear it frequently, pretty much year round, as a stand-alone layer, or beneath other layers and outerwear. It is incredibly comfortable, has great warmth and wicking capability, and has held up well for over a year of use and washings.
Definitely recommend investing in this top!
- Warmth without bulk
- Easy laundry care
- Sleeves are long enough!
- Not inexpensive
- No thumb holes
(Photo from WoolX website)
This base layer top is definitely my favorite! I use is under vests, anoraks, puffy coats, heavier layers, and my dry suit. It gets used all year round,since it is perfect for cool nights while canoe camping, as well as in the winter while out snowshoeing.
I have the Spruce color, that has orange flat-lock seams. There are six color choices. The shirt is very comfortable; the sleeves have plenty of length (there are no thumb holes), and the torso is of generous length. The shirt has maintained its shape and comfort for well over a year of frequent use, and many washings. I usually prefer 1/4 zip tops, but the neck on this crew shirt is so comfortable, non-pinching or binding, that I do not miss the zipper.
This top is made of 100% Australian Merino Wool—17.5 Microns, which is as soft today as it was a year ago. It never itches! The fit is relaxed, and there is no binding or bunching noticed. The merino fabric is categorized as "Interlock Fabric UPF Rating 50".
I have used the top in temperatures from below zero to the 60 degree range, and it always seems to be comfortable; I merely adjust the other layers I wear, but the top itself is great! The Merino wool lets the shirt breathe, and it never gets clammy or stinky.
The shirt has raglan sleeves, so there are no shoulder seams. I appreciate this, as I always wear a pack, and I sometimes have experienced irritation in the shoulder area. while wearing other layers. I also love the tagless design I am one of those folks who usually clips the tags off a new top. It is also nice that this top is so "smooth". It has made it the perfect base layer to wear under my dry suit or paddle jacket.
This top is very easy to care for; it is machine-washable (cold recommended) and can be tumble dried. The top has not shown any signs of shrinkage or becoming misshapen, and the fabric is as smooth and unabraded as it was when new.
I plan on ordering another of these tops, since I have found it to be so versatile, well made, durable,and comfortable. I do find it a bit pricey, but it has proven the adage that you do get what you pay for.
This one was won in a WoolX Facebook contest, and I admit that I doubt I would have paid $74 for a base layer top before discovering what a great top it is!