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Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crewe - Long-Sleeve - Men's - 2007 BCS
Synthetic technical base layers usually come with the amazing ability to instantly amplify body odor. Manufacturers hardly ever brag about this feature. The warm, breathable Icebreakers Men’s BodyFit200 Oasis Crew eliminates stink amplification. Because of its unique properties, merino wool resists odors for days while keeping you warm and dry. Leave that stinky fleece at home, or do us all a favor and toss it in the recycle bin.
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April 1, 2009
Having always been one of the stinky guys after a day of activity, discovering the joys of merino wool has been great for me. The icebreaker oasis does its job well - I've worn it for a five day trip without ever taking it off, and the stink factor was minimal. Washing is easy - just put it in the washing machine and then air dry. Comparing merino wool baselayers to synthetics, there are a couple pros and cons.
Pros: relatively stink-free; more comfortable (obviously a personal opinion)
Cons: takes longer to dry than synthetic materials, feels a little more fragile than synthetic shirts
This is my go-to base layer, so for me the pros outweigh the cons. I did check out several other merino wool shirts (Arcteryx and Patagonia Wool 2) - I was most impressed by the feel and fit of the Icebreaker. I'd strongly recommend giving one of the icebreaker shirts a try.
January 17, 2013
Cheap Icebreakers in my size are difficult to find, but I managed to get one of these just fine. It's great, does the job, isn't scratchy like some brands of Merino Wool can be, and that's about all you an ask for from a thermal.
Oh, and like all Icebreakers I've owned, they seem to be good quality (seams sewn on well, no fraying, minimal pilling, that kind of thing.)
hey guys, does anyone know the difference between this and the sprint 200 crew? also, would this shirt be too warm to wear in 70 degree temps?
April 8, 2012
Can't Say Enough
June 25, 2010
I really can't say enough about how much I like this top. It fits great, looks great, and performs great whether I'm running, cycling, skiing, hiking, or just hanging out at the local pub. For a little more clarity - yes it breathes well, no it doesn't itch, yes it allows for maximum mobility in all directions even though it's an athletic (body hugging) fit, yes it does keep you relatively warm even when wet and finally yes, you really do need to follow the care instructions for the Icebreaker wool items.
Can't take it off
November 11, 2011
This shirt is smooth like butter. It just feels so good. The fit is nice and a bit slim, like most Icebreaker pieces. It's okay that I can't take this piece off because merino does such a good job of keeping the funk away. I definitely recommend this piece.
icebreaker used to have Skin200 which really hugged the skin
icebreaker used to have Skin200 which really hugged the skin and stretched with your body shape. It's no longer available and BodyFit doesn't really do the same thing as it doesn't stretch because the weave is too tight. Anyone know, whether Skin200's resurfaced under a different name?
December 27, 2010
You should check the the Sprint and Pursuit line. Sprint is the 200 weight.
January 9, 2011
Comfortable, snug fit
January 25, 2012
I just received these in the mail, top and bottom, and wanted to try them on and give a review.
I am about 6' or 182cm and 170lbs or 77kgs. I have a 33 inch waist, 41 inch chest, athletic build.
The fabric and seam quality look and feel great. It looks like it should hold up for a while and not break down so easily.
The fit is "FITTED" This thing is snug! I ordered LARGE and wear a medium in every other base layer. It would be wise to order one size up than what you usually wear or I imagine it would be very tight and probably unwearable.
The top fits comfortably. It is snug all around and I can tuck it into the bottoms if wanted. So length is sufficient too. The cuffs reach just past my wrist and rest there no matter what movement. Two down points are the seams in the arm pits which I can notice right now. They wrap down from the shoulder and arm and meet in the middle of the armpit then continue down the side. I don't know how to describe it. Maybe a small bunching or tightness in my armpit just off the side of my pec. The other issue is that my forearms feel pretty tight up my elbow. Other than that these garments seem like they would work fine for any activity. Maybe just some slight discomfort that you could probably ignore when you're moving and having fun.
So in conclusion:
ORDER ONE SIZE UP
and don't forget your insulation layer!
November 18, 2008
I have 2 of these shirts and absolutely love them! They are very thin and soft, yet regulate temperature and moisture very well. They have a slim fit, yet run a bit long (which is perfect for me). Depending on how you want them to fit, consider sizing up. At 6'2, 190 lbs, I usually wear size large, but the large tops fit like spandex. I ended buying XL's which are still form fit and tight, but at least have a little breathing room (good if you are intending to wear the shirt on its own).
How much does the Large weigh?
How much does the Large weigh?
January 3, 2010
April 23, 2008
Excellent lightweight wool shirt. my bf takes this backcountry skiing all the time and it dries extremely fast even when soaking wet. buy a size up, though
The perfect shirt, period.
December 27, 2009
This may be the perfect shirt, period. I wear this as a base layer for cycling, snowboarding, hiking, even as a long sleeve undershirt under a tee. It's warm, yet cool, wears and fits perfectly, and can be worn for DAYS on end without washing (seriously). I wear this under a simple cycling jacket in temps from the high 20's all the way to around 60. It keeps you perfectly warm, but also allows you to stay cool when the temps come up a bit. I just recently snowboarded in near zero degree temps with this as a base layer, a bodyfit260 on top of that, and just my snowboard shell - perfectly comfortable all day. Merino wool is where it's at, and Icebreaker is the best you can buy. Do not hesitate based on price, or if you're unsure about merino wool. It really IS that good. I'm 5'8 and 160 (41" chest) with an athletic build, and the medium is perfect (a tighter, base layer fit). If you like a bit looser, size up one.
Really, really good
December 13, 2007
Start wearing these and you'll want to get rid of all your poly. I did.
I'm looking for something to run in during the fall/winter
I'm looking for something to run in during the fall/winter in 40 degree temps, will this be too thin or should I go w/ the 260. I'll be doing about 5 to 6 miles and don't want to wear a cumbersome jacket but at the same time don't want to freeze.
November 10, 2009
Go with the heavier one - SWool is great, but wind cuts thru it like nothing else, so overheating is not an issue, unless you wear it under a layer - then - go with thinnest fabric only
November 12, 2009
November 24, 2012
After enduring many years of technical shirts that last one, maybe two years before they stink so bad you have to pick them up with a stick I have found The Answer. Just this week I wore this while clearing snow (hot work) and then under my hockey equipment - NO STINK. I'm very impressed.
August 19, 2012
nice! I'm 182cm 88kg, xl is the best choice ! trust me if you want to chocie this shit!
Merino Wool...LOVE IT!
July 13, 2012
I've done a lot of research with regards to merino wool and all of the benefits. The only thing that made me hesitant in buying right away were the prices of merino wool products. I am sure most people have this same hesitance.
I finally decided to take the plunge and buy the Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew, and I cannot be happier! Everything that I have read about merino wool was true. Excellent wicking properties, no order after heavy use and smooth and not itchy on the skin! I got this in late Spring and with the warmer than normal weather the Chicago area was getting this year my rides usually started at about 62 F degrees and would end at about 75-80 F degrees. I can honestly say that even at temps around 75-80 F degrees I was still quite comfortable and I was wearing the long sleeves.
In terms of fit I prefer a tighter fit for my base layers. I am 6'1" and way about 210 lbs. My body type would be consider "athletic". My chest measurement is about 42-43 with broad shoulders. I order the Large and the fit is just as I wanted. Tight fit...skin tight to be more exact but not restricting by any means. The fabric is very breathable and giving.
I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a merino wool base layer for a fair price. Plus Icebreaker is a great company who is responsible corporate citizen.
Please teach me. length and width of Ssize and Msaze.
Please teach me.
length and width of Ssize and Msaze.
November 2, 2009
Their is a sizing chart link just under the dropdown, it will be the best indicator of fit.
By: Cru Jones
November 2, 2009
June 21, 2012
keep in mind that these size very small. I am 5 11, 160, 32 waist and the Medium was much too small for me.
Excellent product, fits SMALL.
May 1, 2012
Love Icebreaker Merino - I have 3 other shirts that I wear to the point my wife refers to them as "my uniform". This one I had to send back though, as the Medium (same size as my other 3) was simply WAY too tight to be considered the appropriate size. Other than this, you simply can't go wrong with Icebreaker Merino - if you're contemplating it, do it....you won't be sorry.
Beware environmentally conscious people! Icebreaker has moved
Beware environmentally conscious people! Icebreaker has moved manufacturing to China and can no longer be considered a Kiwi-made sustainable product, these shirts will come with Made in China tags.
shouldn't the country of origin be changed to china?
October 28, 2009
Honestly Andrew, I think that eve's question would be considered to be propaganda more than IB's information. At least they come out and explain where they are coming from. All eve does is throw out vague warnings without anything to back it up.
By: Steven Jones
November 7, 2011
Calm down. Not everything that comes out of China is toxic waste painted with lead. They've got some good information on their website about the manufacturing process. Consider it propaganda if you will, but unless it's all lies it looks like they're taking the necessary steps to ethically produce their product outside of New Zealand.
By: Andrew Brandt
November 3, 2009
feels like a hug from your best friend
January 24, 2012
I love icebreaker and for a botom layer his one can't be beat! I wear this shirt day and night and everything in between! ( dont worry I have another one to rotate in).
Sizing does seem to run small on this particular item as I ordered an xl to make sure -as they can shrink a tad over the years -and it fits me pretty snugly -more like what I feel a large would do. I'm 5'8" 175 and pretty sturdy /in shape but wouldnt usually buy xl for a base layer.
What's the difference between the Bodyfit 200 and the Bodyfit
What's the difference between the Bodyfit 200 and the Bodyfit 260? Steepandcheap has the latter on quite a good price.
April 30, 2009
Indeed. The number refers to the weight of the fabric in grams/meter². So a square meter of Bodyfit200 weighs 200 grams. Likewise the Bodyfit260 would weigh 260 grams. Basically the higher the number the heavier (i.e. warmer) the wool will be.
By: Ian McCalder
May 1, 2009
The Bodyfit 260 is a heavier weight item than the Bodyfit 200
By: Alan Bradley
April 30, 2009
Bomb *&#@ Layer
January 6, 2012
love this shirt, fits me like a glove and keeps me warm in below 40 degree days. I use it as my base layer when Im outdoors and usually a vest over it will keep me warm enough. Also makes my guns look real nice;)
Icebreaker Bodyfit200 crew
November 10, 2011
This crew rocks. Comfy and warm. Icebreaker is the real deal. I love the fit and feel. I live in Aspen and wear my body fit 200 under my clothes all winter.
Icebreaker bodyfit 200 crewe long sleeve
March 25, 2011
A very comfortable and stylish T. Love it. Took a couple of tries though to finally get the size right. Sizes seem to be very under measured.
Anyone know the weight on these crews? I'm 5'10 163 -
Anyone know the weight on these crews? I'm 5'10 163 - I don't like a tight fit can I get away with a large? Also what would be the equivalent patagonia capilene base layer 1,2,or 3?
By: joe stans
April 7, 2009
It is a lightweight baselayer. I would definitely recommend sizing up. That way it will be a less tight fit and also be longer, hence easier to tuck in.
April 7, 2009
great everyday shirt
Mike in VT
March 4, 2011
I love icebreaker short- and long-sleeve running shirts and this is my first casual shirt from them. I am very happy with the form and the fit - Large is perfect for my 6'2 frame. The weight is nice, a little thinner than similar Ibex shirts, but figure it is still a three season shirt.
December 27, 2010
My personal favorite as a base layer so far.
One of the sturdier ones I have had and also the warmest in league with the weight.
Sizing is just a bit small.
Does anybody know the difference between the Skin200 series and
Does anybody know the difference between the Skin200 series and the BodyFit200 series? Is it fit or fabric?
By: SCOTT THAYER
February 21, 2009
It's neither. The difference is age. BodyFit used to be called Skin. So the Skin clothing is just a little older. They fit, feel, and function the same though.
By: Ian McCalder
May 1, 2009
John T Young
December 13, 2010
Perfect for a tight fitting base layer. I really dig Icebreaker's merino.
Didn't work for me
December 12, 2010
I thought for sure, with all the 5 star reviews, that this was gonna be an awesome baselayer. Maybe the merino does a great job of wicking sweat, but I'll never find out because the "body fit" does not fit my body. Compared to my poly pro base layers, it felt like I was being squeezed. When I bent my arms, the shirt pinched at the elbows. It's also not the softest material. I'm 5'8" 145lb and the length of the medium shirt is fine, but the arms are too long. This one's going back.
Favorite Base Layer
December 5, 2010
I'm 6', 175 lbs, with a long reach. The large fits me perfectly.
This piece is a total base layer. It's thin, form fitting, and will wick sweat off your skin quickly. It is not a thick thermal piece, it's the first layer and perfect for it. I've worn this on multi-day climbing trips where packing light is necessity and the doesn't-smell thing is true, it was still fine after day three on. Not perfect, but better than comparable synthetics I've used. The fit, durability, comfort, and all round awesomeness of this and other Icebreaker pieces I've picked up have turned me into a serious brand fan.
What are the washing instructions for this shirt / Merino wo
What are the washing instructions for this shirt / Merino wool?
February 17, 2009
Washing Instructions * Use warm or cool machine wash on normal cycle * Wash separately first (after 2/3 days use) to remove any loose fibres * Wash with like colours * Wash on a normal cycle with other hard fabrics to remove fluffing * Never use a fabric softener * Do not use detergents with bleach * Do not tumble dry - Dry flat in the shade or on the clothes line * Coastal and PurePlus garments are dry clean only
By: Cory Guru
February 18, 2009
Great base layer
April 8, 2010
I've been using polypropylene base layers for years. They have worked well, but they are smelly. From all the reviews Icebreaker is not supposed to smell. So, far it doesn't. It isn't itchy, but I definitely can tell that it is wool and not a poly product. Fits tight, so if you want it to be loose, size up a size. Sleeves are long. I have only worn this product twice on hikes, but from first impressions, this will be my new base layer. I'm thinking about getting the short sleeve version, but want it looser and so will size up one size.
My secound skin
March 19, 2010
I like my Oasis shirts. To me they are like a secound skin. They come in many different colors, so it is easy to find the right one to wear with different shirts.
Tight but nice
Stephen M. Bennett
January 30, 2010
They weren't kidding about bodyfit. I read the reviews and sized up to an XL and I'm glad I did. It's a really nice shirt and very comfortable. Avoids the stink of similar synthetics.
i need lightweight and sheer long underwear that i can wear under
i need lightweight and sheer long underwear that i can wear under a business shirt, suit and tie for bitter cold days which will help keep me warm when outside but which won't be too much during the part of the day i'm in the office. is there such a thing? do you carry it?
By: doug lehman
February 10, 2009
I've been wearing the silkweight patagonia capelline as boxers and undershirts- under shirt & tie (it might be called capelline 1 now). I think the stuff rocks and is worth the investment because: 1) it lasts forever... been wearing mine every day for 8 years...never had a pair of cotton anything last that long. 2) performance. Gotta hustle up the stairs? if you start sweating, this stuff wicks it away. Nervous in an important meeting or interview? They'll never know it because this stuff wicks it away, dispersing it evenly, unlike it's cotton counterparts. I'm 5 ft 10 inches 140 lbs and a medium fits me well. Hope this helps.
December 23, 2009
This might be too warm for that, but it depends on how hot-natured you are. The bodyfit 200 is nice and clingy without being constricting and has a great warmth-to-weight ratio. If I were you though, I'd go down 1 "notch" to something just slightly cooler.I'd recommend the Patagonia Capilene 1 Crew or the SmartWool Microweight Crew. If I'm Indoors more than Out: Icebreaker 150, Smartwool Microweight, Patagonia Wool 2. I find the Patagonia to be more comfortable/soft but not quite as durable as the other 2. If I'm Outdoors more than In: Icebreaker 200, Smartwool Lightweight.
February 24, 2009
January 30, 2010
Have been wearing Icebreaker for more than three years and find the 200 weight to be the most versatile piece. Never had a problem with smell other than while the shirt dries after washing. Good shirt, especially if you can get it on sale.
oh so soft and snug!
February 2, 2010
sized up to xl. you should too if you have any doubts. i'm a snowboard guide and i wear this thing for 4 days in a row @ a time. only the pits stink with close inspection! i want more icebreaker...
Icebreaker BodyFit 200, Men's
January 18, 2010
My husband loved it. It has all the quality that a merino wool should have: regulates temperatures, odor free etc.
I just recieved mine which i ordered about a week ago, and it
I just recieved mine which i ordered about a week ago, and it doesnt have the tag at the end of the sleeve which all of the pictures show. Is it a previous year model? are the pictures from previous years? I just want to be sure i was sent the correct product
By: Edward Stenton
January 19, 2009
Both years should have the tag. Could just be a one-off issue of a missing tag. That can happen a little more with companies like this that don't mass produce these out of china. You can always return it for another or whatever.Hope that helps.
By: Steve Tibbitts
January 19, 2009
Good Enough to buy another
January 17, 2010
Bought this last Christmas for my finance and he got into a little accident and had to have it cut off. Since that time he has really missed this shirt and once again this Christmas I bought one for him. He is a skydiver and we live in Idaho where winter temps are in the 20s-30s most of the time. Depending on the season he layers this shirt with either a long sleeve T or a long sleeve T and a sweatshirt. When asked if he has anything to say about this shirt his response was, "I love it"! Hopefully he will never have another accident-but if he does I would buy another.
October 22, 2009
I'm happy with this product. I wore it as my baselayer on a 3 day trip to the summit of Mt Rainier, and it performed great. To me that means that it was warm, regulated my temperature well, and didn't smell. I like that it seems versatile since I can bunch up the sleeves to regulate temperature. I've been slowly switching over to wool in general over the capilene that I used to rely on. I feel that its better over a wider range of temperatures, and doesn't smell. I've got the size medium, and am 175lb, and 6'2". The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is for appearance.
I was hoping someone could tell me the difference in the body
I was hoping someone could tell me the difference in the body length of this shirt from a medium to a large. Specific measurements would be great, but anything you have is helpful, Thanks
January 19, 2009
Medium = 26", Large= 27".
January 19, 2009
great base layer
October 21, 2009
fits snug and comfortable. Decent comfort range. Wore it commuting for most of a week, and it still didn't stink - although I wonder if the sweat will degrade the stitching. I'm getting a heavier weight one for when things get really chilly.
Great baselayer, worth the money
October 13, 2009
Awesome baselayer I basically haven't taken it off since I got it.
Odor-resistance is real, it is wearable for about 4 days without it smelling at all (but you will).
In terms of warmth, for me this and a t-shirt will be fine for just standing around down to about 60 F, with a light windproof shell around the mid 40s.
Initially, the itchyness of wool is tangible, but after 3 days of wear and a good washing, you will not remember it is made of wool, EXCEPT when you sweat A LOT (bad layering) it will become noticeably itchy, if you can adjust layers its not a problem at all.
Well worth the price. Get one you won't be disappointed.
Awesome Base Layer
August 26, 2009
This is my favorite base layer for cold weather activities. I wear it for several days straight on hunting trips and still can't believe that it doesn't stink when I get home. Just picked up a second one on SAC. I've been waiting for them to come back up since I bought the last one! A little expensive at first glance, but when you take into account that you can wear one of these for 4 or 5 days, it's a steal.
On the pictures you can se two green colors. The darker is Loden.
On the pictures you can se two green colors. The darker is Loden. But the other one dosen't have any name? Is that the real Loden color??
December 16, 2008
The "Loden" on the backcountry website is the right color. The other greenish color must have been from previous season. You can check out more "Loden" color from here:http://www.icebreaker.com/site/icebreaker_man_bodyfit20
December 22, 2008
This merino feels like butter
March 6, 2009
Very soft,high quality merino wool .I cannot imagine a better base layer than this.My only gripe would be that I wish the length of the shirt were longer and for my height 6' 1" it seems a little short.Is there room in the market for a big and tall icebreaker line? Overall this is a excellent merino wool shirt.For me,all the icebreaker baselayers make the best pajamas to sleep in,no more night sweats.
whats not to love
March 2, 2009
does the job - looks great. size L fit is as expected for a 6' tall/160 frame. the thunder color brings out his baby baby blues. pounce.
My favorite baselayer ever
February 17, 2009
This is the bomb-diggity. I love love love it. I wear it anytime I'm doing something outside and it's between 20 and 60 degrees, which is most of the time (above 60, I'm in short sleeves; below 20 and I'm in Cap 3). I also just wear it around cause it looks good. The best part about it is that it doesn't smell. Well, it smells like wet wool if it's wet, but at least it's not my wonderful BO.
Write your question here.. im doing the milford track in jan,will
Write your question here.. im doing the milford track in jan,will this suit for a base layer?.
December 2, 2008
Jan is the dead summer in NZ. The Oasis is supposed to fit very closely, and therefore provide a lot of warmth for its weight. Would you wear thermal undies in the Rockies in July ? I wouldn't, I'd take a Superfine 190 or 140 long sleeve shirt, to fit on top of a short sleeve shirt, it'll be way more versatile.
December 21, 2008
my new favorite
January 26, 2009
Thins is my new favorite baselayer. It feels fantastic and manages odor very well. It is very slim fitting, so if you plan on wearing as an outerlayer or around town, consider sizing up a bit. I would give 5 stars but it seems fragile, as it has a few small holes from getting in contact with velcro in the washer!
Icebreaker Bodyfit Crew
January 27, 2009
Icebreaker has converted me to merino baselayers forever! This is actually the 3rd icebreaker layering piece that I've been using and I love it. I'm 5' 8"/165lbs and the medium is a bit snug on the skin, but allows for complete movement and flexibility. The arms are slightly long and provide excellent range of motion when I'm reaching above my head. So far, I've worn the 200 as a baselayer for several layering configurations, and haven't been cold yet.
January 4, 2009
Good as an everyday shirt, great as a base layer. I'm a little cold natured so this shirt really fits the bill for me. This is my first purchase of merino wool. A little pricey, but I like it. Soft, warm, odor free, snug fitting. I'm a lean 6' 3" and 175 with a 34.5" dress shirt sleeve length and the large fits me perfectly. If the fabric continues to hold up, this will definitely become my favorite shirt.
i've heard great things about the icebreaker gear, and even
i've heard great things about the icebreaker gear, and even more since i spent some time down under. its time to make my first purchase, and i think the base layer is the way to go. I'm about 6'0" and 155 lbs. any size recommendations?
August 11, 2008
I am 6'0 175 and I have the large...I use it for winter runs and ski trips...It fits snug to me....Since your 20 pounds less...maybe a medium, but your height might make it a little short to tuck in and stay in...
August 15, 2008
December 30, 2008
This shirt is great/awesome/amazing/bomber/etc. Usually a M-L and got a large--it fits great. It's snug, but not a all constrictive. The sleeves are nice a long, and there's nothing bad to say.
December 29, 2008
this shirt feels great as a base layer, fits snug and is really warm. I have a heavier icebreaker sweater and between the two I can't be cold! also works great with my backcountry t-shirt
icebreaker does it again
January 7, 2009
Another icebreaker purchase for my dad after getting him one shirt he had to have another for the holidays. It's meant to be a layering piece so if you want a casual look size it up. He has gone hunting for some good 3 and 4 day trips and not had to wash it and it he stays warm. If you haven't bought icebreaker yet, do it and try this shirt, I have the women's one and it's amazing!
Icebreaker BodyFit200 Oasis Crew will be good for tropical
Icebreaker BodyFit200 Oasis Crew will be good for tropical forest?
July 13, 2008
The longsleeve may be a little too warm, it will wick moisture but the long sleeves may be a bit hot....Not only will the long sleeves make it too hot, the 200 weight will way too much for the tropics....Looks for the 140 weight items or micro weight from Smartwool
August 15, 2008
December 15, 2008
Tight, shirt performs well. Great baselayer for the cold times. Icebreaker is becoming one of my favorite brands. I recommend it...
Warm and Funk-free
November 3, 2008
Wear this as long as you want, you'll be warm and not stink of pit-funk! My old base-layers collect dust now...
September 26, 2008
This shirt is great, it is tighter than I expected (I ordered a large, and I always wear larges) but the tightness seems apporpriate for a baselayer, anyway, buy it.
August 11, 2008
Its all been said already. Great Base layer as you would except from icebreaker
Great base layer!!
June 24, 2008
This shirt is snug and comfortable breaths like no other performance shirt I own. Other shirts claim to 'wick' the sweat away from your body but the Icebreaker shirts do. The sweat will hold on the shirt but it wont feel soaked, just slightly damp.
I have used this thing for 5 trail runs and still haven't washed it, it smells the same as if I just got done putting it through the wash and it dries pretty fast.
May 19, 2008
I'm 6'1 180 lbs and L fits great. Wicks sweat, stays warm, is way comfortable, and is a fantastic under layer even in cold (10-20 F) and windy conditions. I recommend it - I'm going to buy multiple.
Perfect base layer
April 24, 2008
I own several different wool and synthetic base layer shirts and this one is hands down the best. It never smells and doesn't itch. Something I haven't been able to figure out is some of my other base layers have problems if you wear antiperspirant with them and it never comes out of the shirt - not so with this one. Not sure if it's the material or the fit not riding into your pits. If I ever see this shirt go on sale again I will buy a ton of them for all my friends and family (and to have a backup or two in case I damage mine or it's dirty).
February 6, 2008
I love this top. I used it mainly for multiday hiking trips for use at night but it also came in handy for those colder days of hiking. It retained its tight fitting shape and refused to stink even after being thoroughly soaked in sweat. The best thing was though that it felt so nice and and the long sleeves were actually long and didnt leave my wrists exposed. The only minor drawback with it is that it has started to pill on the back where a backpack rubs but this only affects appearance and not the ability to keep me warm. I am never going back to poly thermals.
Great Layer, Not Base for Running
May 12, 2008
I love this shirt as a layer for all outdoor hiking and camping activities--whether it is a spring day or an cool summer night or the base layer in a stoic but slim system fighting the cold of MN winter. The stretch of the material keeps the shirt against your skin for good wicking and the material is very soft, but I have two caveats. One is that the neck is somewhat large. I do have a bit of a slimmer neck, but it feels like the larger neck defeats the effective heat regulating nature of the merino wool. The second warning is that although soft, be CAREFUL when using this as a base layer for cool/cold running. I thought it wouldn't be a problem, and certainly better than cotton, but my nips took an absolute beating on an 8 mile run with this shirt as a base layer. So while awesome for most things, merino does have some limitations.