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The weight of this is perfect for running in 32 - 45 deg weather, or going uphill in the backcountry in cold weather. Wool is more absorbent than ploy, so expect the sweat to wick a little less effectively. That said, it's also not made from oil - recycled plastic or not. Plus, it doesn't smell at all. I'm 5'7" and 140 lbs and I feel like this shirt is just a little on the big side. An XS might have been a better choice.
does this creates static? i hate static - scared of being shocked.
Sort of depends on how you care for it but in my experience merino blends do tend to get a bit staticy.
I agree with Josh. In fact, I have yet to find a merino piece, whether 100% or a blend, that doesn't have some static build up at times.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Slim fit, but not a "close to skin" skin tight fit, nice and comfy
I'm 6'2" 160 and it fits great. I love the super long sleeves
Only issue is the wrist openings are a bit bigger than I'd like but I have super skinny wrists. Makes it rest on the second knuckle? of my thumb.
I'd like another slightly thicker version.
After washing it per the instructions, it did shrink a bit so the sleeves are now only satisfactory for me and it's a bit tighter and shorter as well. if you want to keep the sleeves their original length, wash it in cool water and hang dry it...
- Gender: Male
I ordered a XL so that I can wear it over T-shirts and dress shirts (normally wear a large). So needless to say, I've worn it to work, out casually and fly fishing. Great for those cold mornings that transition to warmer weather , does what it made for.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been a loyal Capilene baselayer kind of guy for years. When I considered merino, I read about the benefit being reduced funk/stink and the disadvantage being the cost and the itchiness. I finally took the plunge last year when Patagonia.com had a big web special. The Medium is a great fit for my 5'10" 170 lbs frame. Yes, the sleeve are a bit longer, but I like it that way for good range of motion overhead and to cover the backs of my hands when cold. This is a great piece made by a great company. I still have my Capilene systems, but I rarely use them now that I have gone to merino. It is a better insulating material, dries quicker and doesn't smell like a sour raccoon at the end of a long weekend.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The air is cold and the water still warm , so there is fog on the river before the sun burns it off. The Marino 3MW zip neck is just the thing.
Merino wool is the way to go now. I have both the zip top and bottoms from 2011. As a layer, their fit is not snug against your skin; however, that does create some extra warmth plus the fabric breathes better than any other pair of long underwear that I have - Patagonia or not.
The thumb loop works perfect in keeping the sleeves down and doesn't feel as if it is pulling down the sleeve like other name brand tops with loops feels.
This is a great layering piece, does the job and performs like all of the Patagonia Merino layers. However the arms are a little to long (by and inch). I know it has the "thumbholes" and is supposed to be a little longer, but the thumbholes are not in the sleeve and are straps at the end of the cuff. So its to long since the strap is at the end of the sleeve, whereas other thumbhole shirts have the thumbhole 1.5-2" from the end of the cuff. Colors are dope.
wool is outstanding. this garment was used in a 12-hour adventure race, I was impressed
My husband is super-picky. I ordered this in the blue color and in an XL. (he's 6'4" and 185) and it fits perfectly over a thin tshirt. He wears it pretty much everyday...to work, to ski, etc...). It IS impeccably tailored and is the perfect length in the arms and body. Not too tight, not too loose, not itchy. I just ordered a second one. Patagonia rocks.
Elastic thumb loops make layering easy. These help to keep your sleeves from folding up to your elbows when you slip on that extra layer. They fold comfortably out of the way when not in use.
Notice the multiple seams in the underarm/shoulder area. This eliminates any bunching or folding in the armpit, allowing for exceptional mobility and comfort. With both arms overhead, I noticed that the bottom of the shirt doesnt rise and remains tucked in. Perfect for climbing, running, or any activity that requires a lot of arm movement.
Good materials are nothing without good design.
When it comes to cold weather/high altitude activities, appropriate layering is a must. Even the fanciest technical shell, while a critical piece of equipment, will be significantly limited by the things worn underneath it. Do yourself a big favor and invest in a quality base layer before your next winter adventure.
I will admit that I underestimated the quality and capability of this base layer. I remember thinking that there was no way that this shirt could be worth such a high price. But I changed my mind once I tried it on and had a chance to see what it could do. During the winter I wear it almost all the time. No matter what I am doing, the Merino 3 keeps me warm, dry, and comfortable.
Pros: Unbelievably thin, smooth on the skin (almost like a cotton t-shirt), durable (80% wool/20% poly), very warm, impeccably tailored, quality zipper, thumb loops, very flexible, slim and comfortable fit.
Cons: For those with very (very) sensitive skin it may be a little itchy. A wash should take care of this. If not, have a look at the Patagonia polyester capilene options (even more smooth on the skin).
Overall: One of the best base layers available. Take a look at the stitching and seams, it is clear that some serious planning went into the design of this shirt. Well worth the investment, you will not be disappointed. 5'10" 175lbs. and a Medium is perfect.