Stoic Alpine Merino 150 Crew - Long-Sleeve
Great layering piece that does all they claim.
- No stink
- Not as expnsive as other brands
The Stoic Alpine Merino Bliss 150 is hands down the best layering piece I’ve ever owned. I wanted to move away from polypro and I found a great price on these, so I thought I’d test one out.
First of all, it’s very soft—the Merino wool/synthetic blend (60% merino, 40% polypropylene) material was a real surprise. I’m not allergic to wool, but I did wonder how it would feel next to my skin. It felt awesome! I like the way it feels way better than those slinky polypro tops. Merino wool is also naturally breathable and naturally antimicrobial, which reduces the stink factor to almost nothing.
I was initially worried about the longer sleeves with thumb holes, but I have come to love this feature very much. It’s a way to add a little warmth to your hands if it’s not really cold enough to put a pair of gloves on. And the shirt is waist-length, with the back of it slightly longer.
The fit is ‘athletic’ and if you want it skin tight, I’d size one down from your usual. I got a large and usually take and XL. Even so, I have a little looseness in the sleeve area, which I like. The body of it fits more snugly on my torso, which is what I want to get that nice insulation factor.
It wicks sweat like crazy, and dries quickly. Washing it takes a little extra care, which I don’t mind if it means having it for a while. Stoic recommends using NikWax Wool Wash, which I’ve done by hand washing. You can use hand-hot water, too! Be sure NOT to use fabric softeners on this item.
I loved the first one I bought so much I bought a second. And will probably buy a couple more.
Best uses: High activity: Hiking, backpacking, running, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $48.30
- Specific wash instructions
Bought a couple of these on steepandcheap.com for about $30! What a great price for a merino wool baselayer. I've been out with them twice now in the Colorado winter and was impressed on how they regulated body temperature.
The sleeves have thumb holes which come in handy to keep your hands warm. They are barely noticeable when not in use.
I'm happy with this shirt so far and can't wait to wear them in the backcountry for a couple of days!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $34
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