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Stoic’s four-way stretch, moisture-banishing Breathe Composite Top features a DWR-treated, anti-pilling face and a velvety smooth brushed backing that’ll make your other baselayers' knees shake. Wear this midweight baselayer anywhere from the skin track to the gym.

  • Hyper-breathable, four-way stretch Breathe material balances warmth, moisture-wicking performance and has an anti-pilling face and a velvety smooth brushed backing
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Phenomenal Addition to My Wardrobe

  • Size Bought: XL

I have tons of Stoic shirts in my wardrobe. Many are merino. Then I decided I'd try these composites. I'm glad I did! They're very true to size, they're warm and stretchy. I added one. I was so pleased with the first, I got another. I highly recommend this shirt for fall, winter and spring activities!

I would buy 6 if they were back in stock

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

Allows for mobility and warmth. Odd fabric, almost feels rubbery. Very warm, good baselayer for cold (25 and below) weather for me.

A good Base layer for a Good Price.

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

I bought this as base layer, but yesterday I used as T-Shirt , It's awesone you don't feel the wind (37mph). it's work well. Really comfortable and breaths very well. Fit pretty well. I will use as base layer on winter season. After that I will tell my review about it.

snug as a bug in a rug

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

I go backpacking a lot in Washington and it can get a bit cold at night, but I haven't experience a cold night since I got this bad boy. Really comfortable and breathes pretty well. I am 5'8" around 170lbs and the medium fit great. Definitely would recommend it.

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

The color shows a bright blue but description show Midnight Blue. It is a dark midnight blue with yellow striping. And this is my second purchase on these shirts. This one appears to be and is slightly lighter or not as thick. Perfect. I like it even better now. This will provide more performance options too. Great price and product.

Comfortable base layer.

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

I bought this because I have another one that is a quarter zip. I found myself wearing it too much so I bought another. Like merino base layers these fit quite close to the skin and are very stretchy and warm. Not as warm as wool but they come in a close second. I am 5'10" and weigh 145 lbs. . I wear a small and it fits like a glove.

Nice purchase

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

Great shirt with all around uses by itself. Very warm and cozy. Below 40 a t-shirt underneath helps. What I enjoy the most is longer arms, long tail, and tailored look. The collar is somewhat loose but I think that's an advantage for breathing. Bought the zippered model but prefer the crew mock. 6' 210lbs 46 chest got the XL Oh the Black/Graze color shown is actually black with green striping.

Awesome !

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

this base layer is awesome. great quality product, long lasting, and very warm. would not recommend for summer/spring hikes but definitely for fall/winter. It keeps you warm and dry! I got soaked on trail, and In a few hours it was all dried up and ready for another challenge. love it. you should buy it.

Liking these a lot!

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

I bought these for cold weather sitting. As other reviews point out, they are on the thicker side for a base layer. However; I intended these to be a pure sitting base layer so I really appreciate the additional thickness of the fabric. They are soft and fit well.

Love this shirt!

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

I have two of the 1/2 zip turtle neck versions of this shirt, both of which I find very comfortable and breathable. I just bought the normal berson, (no zip t-neck) and love it even more. It's soft, very warm as mid layer or I generally even wear as a casual shirt. Very warm, breatable, I love the stretchy but soft feel. I wear a small and find it fits perfectly...although be aware that it is close fitting athletic cut.

Great for colder weather

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

I was looking for something a little warmer and this fits the bill. The material is very stretchy and very comfortable. But not a mild weather shirt, I would definitely only use it for colder outings. I'm about 5' 11" and 185 with a 6' 2" wingspan and a large fits me perfectly.

good product

    I used lightweight silk as a base, then this, because silk has a better feel but transmits moisture well. I also had a smartwool mid base layer as an alternate. Both performed well - wicked the moisture out and comfortable whether as a top layer in mild conditions or under an insulating layer and/or windbreaker. No stink after multi-day use, and washed and dried fine. If used as outer layer, I did notice some pilling around the armpits because of the pack straps (Osprey Aether 85, which has pretty rough material). I'd say this is a good, and cheaper, alternative to wool. The neck was loose, but that was good for me, as it vented heat/moisture.

    Really like!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I really like this material as a heavier base under a shell or by itself on not so cold or windy days. I've read that some other reviewers do not think this material breaths or wicks moisture well but I find that it does both. My only dislike about this product is the extremely long arms, I have a stocky build and thick neck and a L fits me really good but the arms are really, really loonnngggg. This is one of the Stoic pieces that if definetly cut for the tall, skinny, long limb type; if the arms were a bit shorter I would have given it 5 stars.

    Good for extreme cold

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I use this stuff for snowboarding, I wore it on a bluebird day with temps between 30 and 35. I was clammier than I'd like to be in this stuff. I don't think it wicks moisture that well, and it doesn't breathe that well either, so you don't evaporate as much as with other tech fabrics. It's still a lot better than cotton, and it's definitely warmer than any of my other baselayers. But I think this is going to be my emergency set, and only make the starting lineup if it's 20 degrees and storming.

    Solid shirt for some...just not for me

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

    The Good

    Really stretchy and provides good warmth as base layer or as straight-up winter-outside exercise shirt.



    The Bad

    The collar reminds of shriveled up bacon. I don't know if I got a stretched out one, but its really buggin me. Also, this shirt really shows off what you have got going on underneath, but I guess we should also recognize that this shirt is meant to provide that athletic fit. So if you're self-conscious about curves and such then I'd size up from what you normally would pick.



    I got the Dune/Paprika - M and just an FYI the shirt is more brown than the picture depicts.

    Would I be correct assuming that this shirt...

    Would I be correct assuming that this shirt is all but identical to the merino composite, minus the merino backer and a different neck?

    Best Answer

    Yes, that is pretty much the case. The Stoic Breathe Composite and the Stoic Merino Composite ¼ Zip shirts have the same tailoring, the same outer face, and the same fabric at the neck. There are only two differences besides obvious ones like a zip neck vs. crew neck. The Merino top has a fuzzy merino inner face (good for odor-resistance and insulation when wet), whereas the Breathe top has a fuzzy polyester inner face that is slightly thicker-knit, giving it a tad more wind-resistance than the Merino version offers. Whether your personal preference is synthetic or wooly, both tops offer great expedition-grade insulation and wicking.