Here comes the merino champion: luxurious, comfortable and expensive. Unlike the coarse, itchy wool which comes from your bog-standard sheep, merino sheep produce exceptionally fine and soft wool which feels like silk next to the skin. And with this top, Icebreaker have engineered it into a top-of-the-range, deluxe base-layer. Made from 100% merino, the Oasis is tailored to be snug without being constricting, and its drop-tail hem ensures it doesn’t ride up if you’re hunched over. The close fit means it keeps you cosy, even on the frostiest of mornings. Possibly its best, and most sociable feature, is its remarkable ability to stay odour-free. I’ve worn this top for three consecutive days of tough fellwalking in the Lakes, and it was still fresh enough to wear in the pub afterwards. But when it does need a freshen up, it’s dead easy to wash too.
Fabric: 100% merino wool
Washing needs: Machine wash warm. Do not use fabric softeners or tumble dry
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