Warmth without the sweaty aftermath.
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Wear it as a baselayer and breathes great and keeps you warm.
I wear it around casually going out in town and love it.
Awesome layer. I use this with a shell and thin base layer on ~25 degree days. A bit chilly on the way up, but comfortable on the way down. Substantial thickness.
The knit is a tighter weave than smartwool sweaters, which is nice.
I sized up hoping it would shrink and to my surprise it didn't shrink noticeably at all, even after machine washing and tumble drying!
One of the best baselayers out there. This year I realized how much better merino is compared to synthetic. I won't wear anything else now! This piece in particular has a great fit, great weight, and appears to be durable. I've worn it 5-6 times skiing and it's super warm. The thumb holes are key on powder days! Highly recommend and worth the splurge.
How does this compare (warmth and...
How does this compare (warmth and breathability) with 200 fleece products...like the Patagonia R2?
I'm a merino nut, but that being said it depends on the activity. Merino is excellent when you are moving at least a bit, and especially in these lighter weight products. You need loft to keep warm if you're sitting around, and fleece will do that (or full on insulation synthetic/down). If you are going to wear this or the fleece layer when you are moving at all I'd go with merino though I'd actually aim at a heavier layer like midweight or heavyweight if you are looking for equivalent warmth. The bonus to merino is the temp regulation which means--barring extremes--you can't really wear too much of it. I've had on a heavyweight over a midweight and gone from 40's at the base of a small mountain up to 80's when we hit peak about 1500 feet of climb (Arizona winter) and was a bit sweaty but the merino works that like a champ. There's also durability in washing as fleece will pill up and thin out where merino keeps going.
I've rambled on in generic terms, hopefully someone has tried the exact two products you're trying to compare.
Warmth-very similar. I have this and wear it over a microweight layer for most ski days (or around town).
Breathability-WAY better. The other side of that is that it will let a bit more air in if you don't have a shell over it. Hope this helps.