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Now that's one tough baselayer.

It's no surprise that the Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Zip-Neck Long-Sleeve Top is always on top of your pile of clothes. Of course, it's the first thing you always grab when you're getting ready to head to the mountains. This slim-fit, moisture-wicking, durable baselayer keeps you plenty dry and warm in chilly temperatures so you stay comfortable for slashing turns down the slopes or having a snowball fight. The chlorine-free merino wool fabric feels incredibly soft against your skin and won't hoard odors, and you can throw this shirt in the laundry machine when it finally does need a wash.

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5 5

Works for me!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this in grey stripes (super cute!) to try as a warmer baselayer for a trip to Jackson Hole. Day 1 was about 25 degrees with some wind- I wore a tank, the Merino 3, and a Gortex shell and was comfortable riding all day on the mtn. Day 2 was 17 degrees with flurries, so I added a Patagonia R1 layer and was comfortable all day. Now back in California, on a sunny day in the 30's I've worn this with a tank and lightweight softshell and was warm. Overall- impressed.

3 5

Nice weight,stick with the solids

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The fabric is a nice light/mid-weight, but the color-blocking just didn't look right on my 36C/D-30-39 body. The seams were comfy, but the panels emphasized my waist and hips. Maybe if the side panels swooped in more they would create a more hourglass effect.

I'm sticking with similar weight Smartwool and Icebreaker products.

3 5

Not as warm as expected

I am converting a lot of my baselayers to wool and wanted to try Patagonia merino 3 to see how it compares to other wools. Don't like the feel of the fabric...and..it really isn't warm. It might be a good spring or fall layer but will not be part of my winter layering. Icebreaker or Ibex are much warmer and have a nicer feel next to the skin.

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Well, how warm it is really depends on the fabric weight. Patagonia website says merino 3 is made with 220g/m2 merino fabric. Some of the Icebreaker's base layers (Olympia, for example), is 260g/m2, so it'll be warmer than the Patagonia piece. I do agree that Icebreaker and particularly Ibex woolies feel much softer on the skin than the merino 3, which has a 20% poly content.