This is a heavyweight top with a close, sporty fit. The extra length in the body means that it doesn’t ride up, while thumb loops in the cuffs help to keep the tight-fitting sleeves in place and do a good job of insulating when it’s cold. The quirkiest thing about this top has to be its hood – not something you find on many base-layers. It can be worn as a balaclava or like a Buff, for when it’s colder. Of course, in general use, it’s a little superfluous, but it really works at adding insulation when the mercury drops. The thicker nature of the merino makes it better-suited to colder climates and it is too hot for summer days, although it can easily be worn on its own when warmer, especially with the hard-wearing nature of the fabric.
Fabric: Merino wool
Features: 100% recyclable; unique 3-way hood system; thumb loops
Contact: 0131 552 3000; www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk