It has become a tradition in our household to get one another woolens of some sort throughout the year for both casual and technical wear. And after having tried and tested many brands Icebreaker has become a fast favorite for its fit, feel and overall quality. Bought this particular sweater (in a small) for my husband this year and he loves it! Icebreaker tends to be ideal for his slender frame (5'9" 145lbs). Of all the Icebreaker pieces worn in our house, this is the first time any of us has bought a more casual-use piece. It's lovely and I'm sure versatile enough to wear for layering, but that's not really its purpose. Other Icebreaker items would be better put to that use. This sweater is a high-quality, comfortable stand-alone.
While I did love the feel of this garment, I found it to be cut without much shape; the small hung loose and a bit wide/large, and it was rather short in the torso for me, though I am quite petite (5'2"). For relative comparison, I found the smartwool (microweight zip-top) and I/O Bio Merino (Glory Hooded zip-top) peices to be more fitted and yet longer. I haven't tried any other Icebreaker items yet, but I would like to as others have said they are cut longer.Loved the feel. But I returned this item, it was shapeless and too short.