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These superb backcountry base layers come up a little slimmer than you'd think and with slightly longer arms. Would go well as either base or a second layer - the fabric is quite thin. Quality of finish is in line with the other backcountry products I have, excellent that is. The pocket seems unnecessary but does not get in the way. Thumb loops are always appreciated. It seems as if they are phasing out the backcountry label in favour of Stoic, so it's best to act fast if you want the goat on your shirt. For $40 these are a steal, do it now.
I can't believe this is Wool!
First off right out of the package this shirt is super soft. It makes a great base layer and is incredibly warm. I've washed it a few times and it's retained it's size, shape and feel. The only odd thing I have noticed is that the arms are a bit long. I bought one in every color and I am so glad I did. A terrific buy for the money.
Feels super nice, but...
The merino feels great on this shirt, however the upper arm on the xs was too bulky for me and the thumb holes were all the way in the back of the arm, closer to my pinky rather than my thumb. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the perfect fitting, neatly stitched icebreakers, but the quality and fit on this just wasn't worth it for me. But if it works for others, it's an awesome deal!
Should've been called "The Lucifer top "
It's ugly as sin, warm as hell, and doesn't stink at all to high heaven. I wore it as a base layer and with an uninsulated hard shell was all I needed while playing hard in under freezing temperatures. I thought it was pretty comfortable and the sleeve thumb hole is for me a non issue because if I need this baselayer, I need gloves too. It does suppress even my odor, though not as well as silver impregnated material does. If money wasn't an object I'd probably go for something higher end, but by buying this I save enough to pay for gas to go skiing again. Nice job, Backcountry.
Didn't like it
Surprisingly after reading all the positive reviews, I didn't like it at all. I returned it after after just trying it on. So I can only speak of the design. The sleeves are nice and long, so that's nice when you use the monkey thumbs, but that's were it ends. The neck was just too huge of an opening that defies it' purpose. I have 14.5 neck and ordered the small. That opening could have probably fit my waist! Maybe I got a bad one. What was the deal breaker for me was the chest pocket. Trying it on skin, the stitching was very annoying. It's not itchy, but it just feels like something is pushing against my skin. So next I tried it over another base layer, and I can still feel the annoying chest pocket. The sleeves have many panels, again, more stitching, I don't know why. I really wanted it to work because the price is great, but I ended up paying the crazy $$ for smart wool mid layer, and that thing just feels luxurios. The sleeve is one piece and it fits great.
Very comfortable, soft and smooth inside. Liked it better than the comparable smartwool or ibex-especially at half price on the outlet. Plus it has a goat on it.
I'm 6 feet 190 lbs. Large is perfect so far, but not yet washed. Made for gorilla arms though. Zipper goes to my belly button which a curious look when opened...could be a quarter zip instead of half zip.
Definately a lightweight, not midweight feeling product but haven't yet used it in MN cold weather.
Should be perfect with a down sweater/coat for skiing in spring.....
This has become one of my go-to shirts for cold winter outings. I wear it as a base layer with a Patagonia R4 vest and/or hardshell over it. It fits comfortably slim (i'm 6'2", 210lbs and wear the XL) and the long sleeves with thumb holes provides nice warmth when you need to take your gloves off.
To be honest, I have never used the chest pocket, but it's not bulky so I never even notice it.
On sale it's a great deal, and a very versatile item.
Love this top. I really appreciate the fit of the shirt. I am 6'4" 200lbs and most of my upper body mass in in my shoulders. The XL shirt fits great, accommodating in the chest and trim around the waist. I hate the normal generic cut many manufactures provide I do not know who they designed to fit? Did I mention the sleeves are also long enough. If you are an athletic build you cant go wrong with this buy. I have wool base layers from some much higher priced "name brands" which have fallen apart with minimal wear. This one has already lasted longer than those pieces of junk. I love the thumb holes too. The best attribute to any wool piece is no stinking, I can wear this under other layers for 3 days and it is still very standable.
Great shirt, love the merino wool, chest pocket is wonderful, looks great, really helps regulate well with a good layer system (seems to provide its own regulated atmosphere)...
Use: front country hanging and some backcountry skiing--intended use for more multi-day backcountry winter travel (Montana/Idaho region)
Cons: The seams on the shirt can really drive up into your armpits--its really comfortable other than this annoyance (given that, I still love to wear it).
Also, I am a medium and it fits well in proportion, but hugs the body a bit more than is comfortable and than I would prefer (though I understand it is a base layer, I prefer to wear light t-shirts underneath for one other last ditch layer [I am a slim to stocky build for 5'9''])
It is wool
very light shirt. I would call it a base layer. The left arm is twisted so the thumb hole is at my pinky. The thumb holes are also different sizes.
If your thumb is where your pinkey is...
My boyfriend looks fast in it. Since this shirt is quite fitted, I purchased the XL for him and it fits his barrel-shaped torso well (5'10" 185 lbs). It performs well for back country skiing, despite the chintzy-feeling material (I was expecting the material to be a bit heftier than a thin t-shirt weight), and questionable workmanship. This questionable workmanship is exemplified in the right sleeve where the thumbhole in the cuff actually falls at the pinkeye. I bought myself one of the women's shirts in this style at the same time, and my right thumbhole is actually a pinkeyehole. Thanks "Made in China". So I give it an "adequate for the job" rating. We'll see how they hold up.
I'll chime in. Aside from the great qualities others have mentioned, for me this is an outstanding shirt. I"m 6'4" 185lbs and got the XL. It's somehow is skin tight but not constricting at all. The arms are long. I can use the thumb holes without feeling like I"m cutting off my circulation. The shirt is long and stays tucked in. Pure luxury.
I was wondering what size i should get....
I was wondering what size i should get. I've seen some people say that they are like 5'11 and 170 pounds and getting a small? I'm 5"11 and 140. what size should I get?
Small. I'm 5'11 165 athletic and found the medium to be a tad too loose.
I'm 5'11" and 150, I like the small a lot. Not constricting but still very close to the skin.
Great quality at a steal of a price!
I was surprised at the quality of this merino base layer and all the features it had when compared side by side against the likes of Arcteryx, Patagonia, Smartwool offerings. The fully featured quality of the shirt with thumbholes, napoleon chest pocket and high collar are a nice bonus. The shirt felt a tad itchy next to skin for me at first but softened after a couple outings and a wash. I think the sleeves are a little too long, I understand they were lengthened to accommodate the thumbloops, but I found them to be just a tad too long in comparison to the rest of the shirt. The cut for a small is definitely tight in the torso, but more than sufficient in length and coverage. This is a great midweight baselayer at a great price.
Awesome as a trail running baselayer
I love this shirt. I use it mostly as a baselayer on cold days with a breathable jacket or vest. The long zipper is awesome for temperature control. It is long so it doesn't let the cold air in on my mid-section. The sleeves are a bit long for me and bunch up a little bit around my wrists, but no problem. It fits slimmer than any of the other baselayers I have which is awesome!!! It is great to find stuff that is not designed for the "average american". My only complaint is they are out of Mediums!
Nice cut, mediocre wool
6'0", 130 lbs, the medium actually fit me.
Unfortunately, I returned it because the wool is not nice. It smells worse and itches more than other wools (I eventually went with Stoic, BC's new brand).
This is hands down my favorite shirt. It's slim, next-to-skin style but not constricting. Super comfortable, super stretchy, super warm. I wear it for everything from a base layer when going out in the cold, to a top in the fall/spring/cool summer nights.
I like it so much, I bought one in both colors!
Hey there, I am 6'2", 220 lbs 43-44" chest....
Hey there, I am 6'2", 220 lbs 43-44" chest. L or XL? Thanks guys!
I think it depends on how tight you want it. I'm 6'2", 195 and the Large is awesome but it's definitely 'next-to-skin' in the chest/shoulders/arms; the waist is a little looser. Great thing about these is that they are fairly long too.
I'm 5'5 140lbs, small or medium? How warm...
I'm 5'5 140lbs, small or medium? How warm is this? It says it's a lightweight but is it more of a midweight layer. I'm looking to use it for fall/winter runs in 30 - 40 degrees w/o a jacket, will this do or is it too light? How does this compare to the Icebreaker 260 in terms of warmth?
unfortunately your height and weight does little to help us suggest a size... see the size chart, measure your actual chest, and you should be able to choose.
weight, its lighter and softer than the icebreaker 260. winter runs in 40 degree, no wind, should be good on its own, but a winter run, 30 degrees, no sun, and windy..... you need a soft shell that breathes, but cuts some wind.
What is the weight of this shirt? It says...
What is the weight of this shirt? It says lightweight in the title but in the specifications, it is described as a midweight shirt. I don't think of a shirt as a midweight in insulation until it hits about the 220g weight.
150 is considered lightweight; approx 180 is mid-weight. At 220 you're in the heavyweight range.
edit: above were numbers and descriptions I had come across recently. I was just at another site and man'f. (Ibex) lists wool at 320/m2 and describes as mid-weight. So...I dunno. Wanted to help but, now water is murkier! :-(