By J. Troxell 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.
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