Planning on Rome in the Spring! It's our first time traveling to a warmer clime so looking for versatile clothing I can still use in NC. I do not like the synthetic tees---hold the sweat smell way too long. Love my Pendleton merino turtlenecks for winter and have heard great things about merino wool t-shirts for warmer weather. Any recommendations for merino wool t-shirts that are not so sheer I have to worry about undergarments or darker pants showing through?
Not exactly what you want, but I have the long sleeved version and love it. I bought it from Ice Breaker so check them out. REI also makes the sean’s I have two of their shirts.
Love my Smartwool tees. They are lightweight and silky-smooth, not fuzzy or wooly feeling. No Show-through, but I prefer darker colors over pastels. I look for them on sale on REI, Amazon, or other sites, but this shows what is available from Smartwool.
Smart wool tees are great, and I have had some nice WoolX ones as well. Into cheap but they last. Be careful of belt buckles, though. They can make tiny holes. I finally went with a buckle-less belt called the Unbelt to save my expensive tees.
Another vote for well made Smartwool Tees & socks! We have been fans for years. REI usually has a good inventory & pricing. I especially like the “no show” socks for walking & traveling. They are comfortable & keep your feet dry.
Another vote for Icebreaker. I find it comfortable, not itchy at all, and regulates my body temperature.
I have wool t-shirts from Ibex and Woolx. They are lightweight, but not sheer, and I have worn them in a range of temperatures. I typically wear them 2 or 3 times before they need laundering, and they usually will dry overnight (I use an inflatable hanger).
Thanks all! I will keep my eyes open for some Black Friday and cyber Monday deals!
There's another brand to look for, Karbon, sometimes seen on Costco's website, all merino, lightweight weave but not sheer. Dark blue, black, dark gray, IIRC, women's might have included red. I mostly use one under a bulkier merino sweater or the down jacket. The women's version is cut about the same as the men's so they are more practical than flattering or fashionable.
I think it also depends on how hot you run. I tried both Icebreaker and Smartwool SS tee shirts. The Icebreakers were from Cabelas but they don't carry them any more. Anyway, I tried to convince myself that I could wear these in hot weather and nope, they make me too hot. I know what the ads say and I truly wanted to believe but I honestly do much better in hot weather with Lands End cotton/modal blends. They do not hold in smell. I did manage to wear the Icebreaker SS tee in an August heat wave in Paris (97F) for 6 days and it did not smell. I was traveling alone, lol, and finally washed it because it was grossing me out.
I have had difficulty with some other Lands' End wicking athletic shirts that hold smell so badly they do not make the travel team any more. Yikes, they smell even when I do not.
I'll add that I do not tolerate heat at all any more and have to go with the coolest options available to me.
Definitely try to catch some on big sales because they are pretty spendy! Then try them out to see if they work for your. The ones I had sink washed very well.
Icebreaker has a line of lightweight “Cool-Lite” tees that are a blend of merino, Tencel ( a plant-based natural fiber) and a bit of nylon. Like this one:
I have found them to be nice and cool for hot-weather hiking.
There is another fabric they name Sphere that is the same blend ( with Tencel) but a bit heavier in weight. I put mine in the dryer to try to shrink them and it didn’t work. And they came out just fine.
Costco has a woman’s long sleeve merino wool tee. Brand is Seg’ments, $19.99.
Thanks Val, just ordered 3 from Costco to try.
I got mine from www.diia.ca/ recently, the quality is great. Really smooth, not itchy at all, survives regular washes. The ones from Woolx are nice as well in my opinion
I bought a set from Bomba’s. And I really like them. I do have a large chest and the large fits great. But they are so really comfortable.
Since this thread first appeared last year, I've acquired a few Capilene skin layers made by Patagonia. The Merino wool blended with polypro has the best properties of both and feels great.
Sierra Traders is a good place to look for discount name-brand clothes, especially performance and travel clothes. They deal in lefttovers, unusual colors, last season merch, etc. I've seen Icebreakers there.
I was perusing REI website & they have some icebreaker items on sale.
Smartwool is good for price/value
Icebreaker and Ibex are good for unique silhouettes and colors/prints.
Other brands have come out with their own wool garments, most of the time its targeted to the base layer needs rather than the casual
I'm a big fan of thin Merino wool tee's, easy to layer and worn by itself you still look smart but casual.