The Technicals TCH Merino LS Zip base layer weighs 246g (men’s S); looser fit; 100% merino wool; comfortable against skin; natural anti-odour properties of fabric; warm; very breathable; durable. But slightly vague fit around hem, so not for those who prefer fitted base layers; black the only colour available, so not ideal for summer; no women’s version; zip could be longer.
0800 056 0127; www.blacks.co.uk
Verdict: The Technicals TCH Merino LS Zip base layer is a good-value merino top, but it’s outgunned by the competition.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2009