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Smartwool products are made from Merino Wool, which has been advertised as something of a wonder fiber. Ultra fine, non-itchy, warm when wet, quick dry, moisture wicking and non-smelly!
This base layer is an ideal thickness for wearing on it's own on mild days, and under other clothing when it's cool or cold. The cut is comfortable, and the long zip allows easy cooling when you get a bit hot under the collar. The collar has a nice fit to stop unwanted drafts down your neck.
The merino wool is comfortable and soft on the skin, and the flatlock seams don't rub/irritate. The non-smelly nature of merino also definately works! I wore this shirt on a 10 day trip aboard a small yacht with 8 other people, there were no showers and it was hot in the boat, and freezing outside, and I was going ashore and doing a lot of walking too. Whilst I was smelling a bit underneath, the shirt wasn't!
It's easy to look after, just a quick cool wash is all that's needed, and it'll dry quickly too. One of the miracles of merino is that it's warm when wet, so if you don't mind a bit of dampness you can put it on and wear it straight away, perfect if you're out on an extended trip.
For the eco concious being made of wool it is a natural fibre unlike man made synthetics.
I have been converted to merino by this shirt, and now want to get the thermal under trousers too.