Although slightly itchy at first, the 100% merino fabric soon softened to feel wonderful against the skin. It has a high collar to trap warmth and/or protect your neck from the sun, yet the zip pulls down easily enough to provide a welcome flow of air when you need it. Black isn’t a great colour to wear on its own as it’s hard to spot in the mountains, and it will also attract a lot of heat, but obviously this won’t create any problems if worn as a base-layer beneath a fleece or shell. The fabric, which has a good deal of stretch in it for easy movement, wicks well and is incredibly warm for its weight.
Fabric: 100% merino wool
Features: Biodegradable, zip neck
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