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Pull on the Stoic Men's Alpine Merino 150 Bliss Shirt, and suddenly a sweaty hike in chilly weather feels like just another day in paradise. A smooth, comfortable combination of merino wool and synthetic fibers gives this next-to-skin layer the power to control moisture and help you keep a nice, even body temperature whether you're hiking, running, or climbing. You get the best of the luxury baselayer and a performance-driven top, and that's hard to ignore.

  • Alpine Merino material combines soft merino wool with quick-drying polypro
  • Merino wool is naturally breathable, resistant to the bacteria that causes odors, and it provides light insulation
  • Polypropylene fabric improves overall garment durability and wash-cycle life
  • Next-to-skin fit keeps this shirt close to your skin to keep you warm and to help move moisture away from your skin so you feel dry
  • Thumbholes keep the sleeve openings pulled over the back of your hands for warmth
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  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: XXL

I got this for my Dad along with the Smartwool NTS lightweight Zip Top. He skis mostly in New England, and heads out to BC once a year. He likes the thumbhole feature in this one, and found it to be lighter weight vs the smart wool, and not as warm. Though he expects it will be perfect for a trip to Fernie and for spring skiing.

He wears an XL in the Smartwool, and the XXL in this Stoic top.

Nice Shirt, Long Tail

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

I like this shirt, it fits well and appears to be nicely made. I wish the back/tail wasn't so long (it's a few inches below the front of the shirt), but otherwise it has served me well as a base layer while skiing and for keeping me warm day-to-day off the slopes.

A warm base-layer... but way too long!

  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

I am 5'8" and weigh about 170lbs.... I'm kinda short with about 15 lbs of extra weight on me. I bought a medium hoping that it would be a good fit for me, but it was kinda tight and extremely long! I haven't had the chance to wear outside (since I plan on returning it), but for the brief time I wore it to see if I could like, I was very warm.

I could deal with the slightly tight fit (I mean it is a base-layer, and it is baggier than say a next-to-skin base layer), but it was just WAY TOO long.

Here are the measurements:
-19" from armpit to armpit
-18" across the bottom hem from left to right (so it tapered a little from the armpits)
-32.5" from top of collar to bottom hem on the back
-30" from bottom of collar to the bottom hem on the back

I normally wear medium with Arcteryx, Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, REI, Smartwool (though base-layers run long for me), and Marmot (sometimes slight baggy).

Warm and fits well

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Warm and comftorabe. The thumb holes are great and the sleeves are long enough to accommodate them which some baselayers don't have. It is a little itchy after you put it on but I stopped noticing it after 5 minutes. (I also haven't washed it yet)

Comfy but after a year full of holes

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

After a year of moderate use this quite comfortable item is full of little holes (10 or so) which I keep on darning. It also tends to stink (probably due to the polyp in it) after just one day.


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: XL/

This is one of my go to shirts for everything. Recently did a relay race here in UT Salt to Saint and was lucky enough to ride most of my legs at night.. This shirt kept me nice and warm through the night and through the rest of the race leading into the mid day heat. It wicked moisture really well and held no stench. Stoic is great and always will be. Its hard to find shirts that fit well for us who have long torso but this fits like a glove.

Fits a bit small

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Love this layer, but it runs a little small in the shoulders. Really warm and comfortable against the skin. Ill be getting another one at least.

Good for everything

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I use this as a base-layer and also as just a casual shirt. Does fine in warm and cool weather. I was a little in between sizes and decided to go with a medium for a more fitted fit. I've been sure to not dry it and it's worked for me, with the good Stoic fit.
Good moisture and odor management. I like the merino blend. Soft and comfortable.

Size help

  • Fit:Runs large
  • Size Bought: small

Just got this item (super fast shipping, thanks Backcountry!) and wanted to comment on size. I'm 5'9" 145 lbs, slender overall build. Stoic's chart says I'm a M but based on these comments I got a small and small fits me perfectly. Neck fully zipped is comfortable but protected, chest tiny bit loose (when zipped) for freedom of movement but not enough to cause bunching. Sleeves are long but meant to this way, when using the thumbholes sleeves cover half of my hands perfectly.

Feels less soft than expected (forgot it's a merino blend) but also feels more durable than expected, a tradeoff I'll take. Gave it 4 stars for fit/finish and how I'm impressed thus far but again I haven't used it under real world conditions, will try to update this when I can. 6/6/2015.

Not true to size

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs large

I really like the fit of my other XL stoic baselayes, (Merino Bliss 150)

I thought it was a safe bet to order an XL in this Alpine Merino Bliss 150 but found the fit to be very baggy and not like the other stoic shirts I own. Maybe sizing down to a Lg size would solve the problem but I don't feel like waisting anymore $ on return shipping.


  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

I love this shirt , I have three of them but the last time I washed them I noticed one has small holes in the back of it . I have only had it for 8 months . They do run on the large , The first one I bought I got a medium It was to big so the next one I got a small and it fit great.

Great purchase

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Purchased this on sale as a base layer for some of my cold weather runs. As others mentioned, it was a little itchy when I first tried it on. After washing it was a little better, but during my first run I never noticed anything but comfort!

This shirt is GREAT! It almost worked too good, I wore it by itself on a 48 degree morning run and was sweating by the time I got 2 miles in. It was sunny that day, but I wasn't expecting to heat up so quick. Incredibly lightweight, the thumbholes are nice for keeping the shirt comfortably in place when wearing under other layers. I originally got a medium based on other reviews- it was a bit big. In fact, the small was a little long on the sleeves but a much better fit than the medium. I am 5'9 and about 148lbs.

Also, Back Country's customer service has been INCREDIBLY awesome whenever I've had to make returns or have had other issues. They are my new favorite outdoor/fitness company.

Jump aboard the wool train

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Fantastic base layer. Not too warm and not too cold. I bring this layer touring all the time. When its really cold I throw my shell over this and am good to go on the up. The chest pocket is a nice touch, though I rarely use it. The zip is large and comfortable / doesn't chafe your neck. The merino wool magic keeps the shirt relatively funk free on week long backcountry trips. Did I mention thumbholes? There isn't a thing I would change about this shirt.

Pick 'em up while you can

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I love these shirts. A great value on it's own right, but especially when they pop up on Steep & Cheap. I got one in Charcoal and Basin Blue. Both look and fit great. I'm 5'10" 130 and a small has a little room to spare.

As others have said - it's a great base layer or can be worn on it's own on days that aren't so frigid.

Pick one up while you still can.

Unanswered Question

For those who have a Small or Medium in this long sleeve pullover, could you post these two measurements in inches for me:

1. Armpit to armpit.
2. Bottom of hem to top of the shoulder (hence below the collar).


Does it shrink?

Unanswered Question

I'm 5'10 and 165 pounds. I would naturally go for a medium but with the reviews thus far I'm not sure. My shoulders have never fit in a small, which is my concern for sizing down. suggestions?

Is there a women's version?


Here are the closest options of a Women's verision that we have:

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead


Up to which temperature could you comfortably wear this shirt? How hot is too hot for it?


That is really up to you and what you are doing. It is a pretty thin material so I have worn this base layer in the 80's and 90's while fly fishing to keep the sun off. However if I was doing something active it would be way too warm. Temp ratings don't really exist for clothing as there are too variables. However this is a great light weight long sleeve base layer. It's a great fall-spring item. If you have any other questions or would like to purchase the shirt contact me below.

Dan Gates

Expert Gearhead

Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

What % polypropylene and what % merino is this shirt? What's the weight of a Men's Medium? What's the fabric weight - 150g/meter squared?

Confused about What size to order my...

Confused about What size to order my boyfriend. He has the stoic Merino long sleeve hooded shirt and loves it. He got a large and it is bigger then he expected so I was thinking maybe medium for this one but some say it runs big and some say it fits true to size so I am not sure. He is 32 waist and prefers things a little loose ( not snug) so I would say 38 chest ( but would prefer 40 ish (so he could wear a tshirt under) 5'9, like 165.

Best Answer

Hey Kim,

On people stress about fit and whether one brand or one size in a brand will fit us better than another. And they obsess over that Holy Grail of clothing terms: "True to Size." I'm not even sure what that term means but we love it anyway because we all want something that fits like it was made for us. Frankly "True to Size" is a very flexible concept intending to convey something rigid.

I would not worry too much about other reviews on whether this product fits very relaxed or very trim. Those reviews can be very helpful, but it sounds like you boyfriend has had some direct experience with the brand and a large proved to be a little big on him. I would try a medium this time around.

Weight vs SmartWool? Using SmartWool as...

Weight vs SmartWool? Using SmartWool as a reference, what is the weight of this Stoic baselayer - micro, light. mid or heavy ?

Does anyone know the difference between...

Does anyone know the difference between the Merino 150 Bliss shirt and the "Alpine" Merino 150 Bliss?

Best Answer

Check out the material specs. The first thing I see different is the ratio of merino to synthetic (polypropylene). The merino 150 bliss is comprised of a greater quantity of wool--at least the short sleeve version is.

Hope this helps.