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Top notch material, construction, and fit. WARM!!!
All around awesome. Super soft, no itch, no funky odor when wet from sweat, rain, snow, etc. Also very durable so far w/ no sign of ill effects from repeated machine washing on cold or snagging from brushes w/ tree branches, brambles, rocks, etc.
I'm 6'2" tall, 185-190lbs, ~42.5" chest and have an XL. All the seams on the body hit in exactly the right spots and are super flat and non-chafing. The overall fit around the body, arms, and neck are perfect, not super loose and flappy but not so form fitted and painted on that I feel like a tool wearing it with a pair of jeans as casual wear. An extra 1/2" or so of length in the sleeves and body would be appreciated by me but I also have sort of long arms and torso and prefer a bit long of a fit in these areas to boot so probably perfect for the vast majority of people. I wouldn't say it runs short by any means, but maybe a little shorter than the lightweight NTS I have.
One warning, it may be branded as mid-weight, but this thing is WARM!!! I've tried wearing this under a short sleeved shirt to work on one of the chillier days so far this fall and wound up sweating all day. Still regulates and wicks pretty well, but I wouldn't recommend this as base layer for semi-sedentary activity levels any higher than 55-60F or anything more active in over 25-35F. By itself it might be ok up to 65F for very low-no impact and 40-50F for slightly higher intensity stuff but wind might get to you a little if you do get a sweat going. I've yet to experience anything worse than a wet and windy 39F mid-low intensity hike while wearing this, but it was awesome in these conditions w/ a Gore Tex Pro Stretch shell over the top. I'm thinking it will more than do the job down to 10F or so w/ a 200 weight fleece and this shell and a light down sweater as a midlayer or a fleece and a lightly insulated shell for anything below. I do tend to run a little bit warm in general though so YMMV.
What's the difference between Smart Wool...
What's the difference between Smart Wool NTS, TML and PHD?
I am going to use this as a base layer for downhill sking. Which would be best?
NTS=Next-To-Skin - Smartwool's baselayer pieces.
TML=Thermal Mid Layer - A heavier weight usually layered on top of NTS.
PhD=Refers to their top level (highest degree of performance) socks. Introduced a few years ago.
If you are in cold conditions, I would recommend NTS midweight as the base layer. That is what I use until the temp goes above 32F.
one more question,the clothes will...
one more question,the clothes will shrink?
If you put them in the dryer on hot, they will shrink, but not by that much.
Hi everyone! I hope somebody can give me...
Hi everyone! I hope somebody can give me help. I'm 182cm 84kg, What size is good to me? Thank you!
M if you are wearing it as a baselayer, if you are wearing something underneath, I would go with a L
Nice and warn even when wet. Dry very fast.
Nice and warn even when wet. Dry very fast.
im 5'7 120 and i have broad shoulder and bought the small one but the arm is little too short. im afraid after washing it gonna get even more shorter
This is the one piece of clothing I want with me when it all goes down. Seriously. Pants optional, mid-weight wool shirt required.
Fits snug-great for techy pursuits. I throw a t-shirt over it around town so as not to look like und sprocket.
This probably boosts my temp comfort about 20 degrees in the winter, and is still comfy when the temp gets to 60. I have had mine for two years, and it still looks new.
I really wish these guys made a union suit. Both because union suits are awesome, and because then I wouldn't have to choose between this shirt and pants for my one piece of clothing.
This is the best shirt I have owned. I am about to buy a second one and had to post a review. I do a lot of boating offshore and this shirt is comfortable from 55 to 75 wet or dry. It is great on its own or as a base layer. It is definitely worth paying the extra $$. I am 6'3" and 190lbs and the XL is perfect. The shirt is an athletic fit with surprisingly long sleeve length.
5 Stars for a reason...
Well, you've just got to take the plung. $75 you won't regret. Everyone has already said what I'd say; doesn't smell, great fit, not itchy, temp regulating, wicking, good thoughts on the shoulder seams. It is just an essential piece of your everyday gear. You'd have to do some real bribing to get me back to synthetics. Go sheep!!!
I tried to find a matching set on several sites. This was the only site that had what I needed in the size I needed and cheaper than some of the other sites! Shipping was reasonable and my item was shipped immediately! My boyfriend can only wear 100 percent wool and we will probably be being more! Thanks again!
i am a male,70 yrs young in fl., but i...
i am a male,70 yrs young in fl., but i freeze when the temp gets below 60...is the mid weight the ticket
if you freeze when the weather is in the 60s, Your problem could be a circulation issue. try cw-x tights and support tops. the right pant can get your blood flowing better, keeping the rest of your body warm. for Florida, you don't need the insulator tight, but it might be good to have a pair of them for when it gets colder than usual. they enhance circulation and support your muscles. they are expensive, but remember backcountry's return policy. i heard the other day that with the recent cold weather in florida, cw-x dealers are trying to get whatever long cw-x pant they can get their hands on.
Smartwool is the only wool i can wear. all other wool itches me, even cashmere made by expensive designer brands. is great and you will love it, but if you freeze when the temp goes below 60, then you might have a circulation issue that you might want to talk to your doctor about, especially if you are diabetic. if you are diabetic, then talk to your doctor before trying cw-x support clothing, especially if you have edema. cant go wrong with smartwool. It is a good idea to own a variety of weights. you can start with midweight and go from there.
Whenever I get chilled, I grab my mid-weight Smartwool first. I'll use the lightweight or the microweight if I am actively running, skiing, etc.
Tall guy, good fit.
I bought this for my dad last year, and he has requested more. He's 6'3" with a long torso and a belly. It's a comfortable fit under his button downs and of course that cozy Smartwool fabric.
Base layer to layaround
This is one of my favorite tops; not only is the material far more comfortable then most but the seams are arranged so that they do not lay where the base layer applies pressure so it almost seems seamless. I do 70 miles a week on bike for a commute with additional miles for enjoyment and found that on low wind days in mid 30 degrees (Fahrenheit) the base layer could still stand by itself. I do tend to run a bit hotter then other people so it may seem a bit chilly in those conditions for others but I have already purchased a second for myself.
great product but not worth $75.
Cost has got to be a factor. I own a ton of smartwool stuff but have never purchased it at regular price. I have 6 of these all great but I paid $37 for them each. I believe that is a fair value price. I would strongly recommend the product, but not at it's current price.
Where is smartwool made? Where do they buy...
Where is smartwool made? Where do they buy their material?
All of Smartwool's Merino wool comes from New Zealand. Almost all sock manufacturing is in the eastern US and almost all clothing comes from Asia (mostly China).
merino wool from New Zealand where the climate is constant (climate control). they treat the animals humanely and they don't hurt them when shaving them.
Good shirt, nice fit
I bought this as a gift for my dad who is 6'3 with a long torso and arms and the XXL fit him well. He wants more!
Under the shoulder (axiles) it is very...
Under the shoulder (axiles) it is very tight?
Wich one is looser under the shoulders, the "Midweight" or the "NTS Midweight"?
(they have the seams different around shoulders)
P.S. not shure about wich is the one in this page since the picture is for a NTS. Please Backcountry clarify. Thank you
I haven't tried the NTS, but I have a Smartwool Midweight Crew that I wear...probably 3 times a week. I wear it for both a casual and an active base. The material is quite stretchy so it does not seem "tight" around the shoulders/under the arms at all.
Hi Fernando- I am the Smartwool rep. A Midweight Crew top and an NTS Midweight Crew top are the same thing. NTS stands for Next To Skin, what we call our baselayers. The fit should be the same no matter what it is called by Backcountry. If it is too tight, you may want to consider the next size up. I'm a smaller guy (5'6"-145#) and I wear a small. If fits snug, but not constricting.
Enjoy the wool!!!
Is there something equivalent from Smartwool...
Is there something equivalent from Smartwool in midweight or lightweight but short sleeved?
As baselayer in cold weather, when a long sleeve is too much but you still need something... not shure if their "T-Shirt" is just a casual tshirt or the short sleeved version of the mid or light weight longsleeves.
Smartwool makes short sleeve tees in a weight that is in between their lightweight and microweight NTS. The fit is a little looser (more like a tee shirt, less like base layer). They also make the same weight in a short sleeve trail running/mtn. bike tee (the Betasso jersey).
Great base layer. Very warm. Bought top & bottom for both my son and myself. A great product.