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Great Layering Piece for Backpacking

I used this shirt on a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail between mid September in Maine south to northern New York in January. It developed minimal stink compared to my long sleeved lightweight Patagonia capilene top that I often layered over it once it started getting cold out. I am a size 6, 130-135 lbs, 5'4" tall woman and the small not only fit me well but was really flattering. It was well fitted and not saggy like a Patagonia shirt I tried. It was also not skin tight like the Icebreaker Atlas short sleeved shirt in a small.
I agree with the other review I read that this shirt is not super silky soft, but I am sensitive to itchy wool and this shirt though a tiny tiny bit rough was not itchy on me at all. I got use to the texture very quickly. I tried any icebreaker running shirt with similar glowy piping on it that was intolerably itchy.

I think this shirt performed very well. It had all of the plusses of a wool shirt. When it got wet or sweaty, it didn't feel cold next to my skin like silk or polyester can sometimes feel. I didn't use this shirt in the summer, so I can't say where the line is when it starts to feel too hot. The only issue I had with it was that I got an ink stain on the front that I couldn't get out.
I'm going to get another one of these shirts to go to the gym in now, since even though my old backpacking one wasn't that stinky, I'm pretty sure it's not pristine after three months of continuous use. Oh! I almost forgot, this shirt did not run and shred like a lot of knitted wool shirts do on the trail. It seemed more durable than some I saw others wearing.