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Base Layer Tops

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee reviewed Oct 27, 2020
$47 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody reviewed Oct 8, 2020
$69 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck reviewed Sep 27, 2020
$80 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Crew reviewed Sep 14, 2020
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee reviewed Aug 3, 2020
$42 - $65
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Intraknit Merino 250 Thermal 1/4 Zip reviewed May 5, 2020
$98 - $150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen HH Dry Stripe Crew reviewed Feb 8, 2020
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kari Traa Rose Long Sleeve reviewed Dec 30, 2019
$64 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Houdini Desoli Zip reviewed Sep 27, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Alpine Onset Crew reviewed Jun 22, 2019
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Minus33 Isolation Midweight Merino Zip-Neck reviewed Jun 17, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mont Slinx LS Zip reviewed Jun 4, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody reviewed Apr 24, 2019
$149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MEC T3 Zip-T reviewed Oct 3, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Bergtagen Woolmesh Sweater reviewed Mar 1, 2018
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Inversion Heavyweight Crew reviewed Feb 13, 2018
$90 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Toad&Co Pacer Slim Long Sleeve Quarter Zip reviewed Jan 31, 2018
$45 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen HH Wool LS Crew reviewed Jan 26, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Everyday Long Sleeve Crew 230 Midweight reviewed Dec 1, 2017
$74 MSRP
Coldpruf Platinum II Crew reviewed Sep 29, 2017
$33 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Oasis Crewe S/S reviewed Sep 7, 2017
Beyond Clothing Aether Crew reviewed Aug 8, 2017
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Gen III, Level 2 ECWCS Top reviewed Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sherpa Adventure Gear Baans Tech Quarter Zip reviewed Oct 13, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kora Shola 230 Crew reviewed Sep 26, 2016
$145 MSRP
Kora Shola 230 Zip reviewed Aug 4, 2016
$160 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt reviewed Feb 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Crew reviewed Nov 19, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody reviewed May 21, 2015
$125 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Woolx X704 reviewed Mar 2, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Turtleneck reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$85 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
First Lite Chama Hoody reviewed Jun 5, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Microweight Crew reviewed Feb 2, 2014
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Wild Country Lightweight Base Layer Top reviewed Jan 1, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Long Sleeve Crewe reviewed Dec 21, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ibex Swerve Long Sleeve Top reviewed Oct 2, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Icebreaker 260 Midweight LS Crewe reviewed Aug 8, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Terramar SmartSilk Crew reviewed Mar 7, 2013
$60 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Crewe Scroll reviewed Jan 16, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Stoic Alpine Merino 150 Crew - Long-Sleeve reviewed Dec 29, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Terramar 1/2 Zip Geo Fleece Top reviewed May 9, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Midweight Funnel Zip reviewed Feb 23, 2012
$100 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Minus33 100% Wool Mid Weight Turtleneck reviewed Feb 21, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker 260 Midweight Tech Top reviewed Sep 16, 2015
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Midweight Crewneck Baselayer reviewed Jan 28, 2011
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Wool 2 Crew reviewed Nov 30, 2010
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polarmax Tech Silk Crew reviewed Jun 18, 2010
$30 MSRP

Recent Base Layer Top Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody

Very protective, good fit, light weight, and reasonably priced. This is my second sun hoody after the Black Diamond Alpenglow, which I liked. The Bight Solstice Hoody has a better fit for me (not quite as loose) and the fabric is lighter in weight and has a nicer hand. In contrast to the Alpenglow, it has thumb holes which provide a bit more sun protection for the back of the hands without interfering with dexterity, plus it's a bit less expensive ($69) than the Alpenglow ($85 retail). I treated… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Voormi River Run Hoodie

Who needs another baselayer or hoodie? Apparently I do. After three months of use the Voormi River Run Hoodie has become a standout in my baselayer collection. It's a versatile, lightweight, wool-polyester top that is comfortable, well-constructed, good-looking, and odor-free. While it's a minimalist design, it performs in a wide range of temps and terrain—from summer hiking to fall camping, and I'm planning to keep it in rotation for winter runs and skis. Women's Voormi River Run Hoodie I have… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Zip-Neck

Uncomfortable fabric, poor fit. Worst Patagonia purchase in 35 years. Worst Patagonia item I have ever purchased. Fabric is uncomfortable on the skin. This weight is what came up when I wanted to replace my expedition weight zip top. Ridiculous. This is flimsy, textured on the inner surface. Shoulder area and neck fit is loose and loaded with excess fabric. If I could give it a negative star rating, I would.  Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee

The Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee is an active wear, base layer made up of 87% merino wool and 13% polyester. The high wool content maximizes one of nature's greatest insulator's ability to regulate temperature, ward off the multi-day stink, and manage moisture, while the polyester content adds durability and comfort. A lightweight wool tee allows for an endless amount of uses—from a thin sun shirt on hot summer days, to an excellent next to skin layer as part of a clothing system in winter. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Crew

The All-Paca Crew is a lightweight, medium thickness base-layer suitable for active wear or just lounging around the house during a lock-down. It's made from 100 percent Alpaca fiber. It fills my niche as a three-season hiking/sleep layer, to be paired with a t-shirt on cold mornings and with a shell when the wind or rain begins to cut. It offers a good warmth-to-weight ratio, breathability, and also a hefty resistance to odor. It closely matches the performance of similar technical base-layers… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee

The Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee is a lightweight tee-shirt, made from a comfortably soft blend of merino wool and polyester (56% merino/44% polyester). This combination makes for a shirt that breathes well, stays cool, dries quickly, and doesn’t stink after a day of hiking. An ideal shirt for warm weather adventures. Unfortunately, the hidden pocket isn't very practical. Conditions: I’ve worn the Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee regularly for two months,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Smartwool Intraknit Merino 250 Thermal 1/4 Zip

The Smartwool Intraknit Merino 250 Thermal Quarter Zip brings 100% Merino wool in a comfortable and warm weave. This shirt works as a base, mid, outer and only layer depending on conditions, activity and the wearer's temperament. Versatile enough to handle a wide variety of cold weather activities. Smartwool takes a technical leap forward with their newly designed Intraknit Merino 250 Thermal 1/4 Zip and I've had the pleasure of extensively testing it over the last four months. Along with their… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Enigma Half Zip

The Enigma Half Zip is a base layer that places wicking moisture and drying quickly at a premium. That's a little unusual for a shirt that's partially made of merino wool, but in this case, the blend is 88 percent synthetic, 12 percent wool. Choose this shirt for high-sweat, high-output activities; consider a thicker/heavier base layer for bitter cold. The relatively light fabric and great moisture management makes this an attractive layer year-round until it's so warm that you're better off in… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Solution 150 Merino Base Crew

Black Diamond's Solution 150 Merino Base Crew is a lightweight, polyester-reinforced merino wool base layer. Cool enough to wear under light shell clothing for high intensity activity at around-freezing temperatures without overheating, but easily layered over for use in colder conditions or at lower intensity. Stretch fabric gives a comfortable fit even on a slim frame and dries a little faster than 100 percent merino. (Preliminary review based on the first month of use) Black Diamond’s Solution… Full review