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The Stoic Men’s Merino Composite ¼-Zip Top puts an end to pilling while it dials you into perfect temps whether you’re cutting out a skin track or you’re just headed to the coffee shop. If you’ve worn merino before, you know the bitter pill—all those little fuzzy balls of fabric. Well, the Merino Composite’s nylon outer fabric fends off signs of wear, while the 18.9-micron merino wool manages moisture, temps, and odor like no-body’s business. A touch of spandex in the Merino Composite’s fabric blend provides a bit of dynamic stretch.

  • Nylon and spandex blended in with merino fabric allows this merino top greater durability, flexibility, and resists damaging pilling over time
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Great choice for the price

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

Wear as a base layer or by itself. I just wore mine with a light down jacket over Thanksgiving in Minneapolis. Weather

was mid-20's and I was more than comfortable.

Light-weight, quick-drying baselayer.

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

This shirt does what it is supposed to do. Its lightweight, very comfortable and dries quickly. I wear this and my other baselayers all the time for hiking, snowboarding or just going to the grocery store. I even wear it to bed on occasion. I would say that it is probably prone to snagging although I have not yet had an issue with it. I have washed it lots of times and like the description says, it does not pill. It does not feel itchy as other reviewers have said. No thumb holes unfortunately but the sleeves are just about long enough if you wanted to make your own. The zipper is not uncomfortable when zipped all the way up. I like that it is a half-zip rather than 1/4 as it allows you to ventilate much more if you are overheating.

I am 5'11", 185 lb and typically wear a large T-shirt. This shirt fits well. The fabric stretches but does not "stretch out". It fits the same today as the day I bought it 2 years ago.


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

very uncomfortable. inside felt like snagging, arms were especially uncomfortable. rough scratchy inner lining i guess. not for use with a tee shirt.returned.

Great base layers

    I've had these for over 2 years now and still a solid performer. Bought it on sale on SAC and very happy with the purchase since they were also selling the matching bottoms around the same time. I wear this exclusively in the winter. I notice the wool is a bit scratchier than smart wool, but it's not too bad because I usually will wear a wicking layer on top next to my skin and the top over that, so I stay dry and don't have the feel itchy.


      Since my previous review, BC DID get these things in some colors other than purple. THANK YOU. Now easily my favorite shirt. Description on BC is accurate and I can only add that it seems to resist odor as well as a 100% wool. Probably going to own 2.

      Super warm

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I wore this just about everyday while on a deployment to Germany. Super warm, plenty to wear over a t-shirt in around 50'F weather, although it doesn't block wind. It's great at resisting the stink, and not seeming too dirty. I also like the fact that it's super stretchy, helps when putting it on and taking it off. Looks somewhat classy too, as far as technical layers go.

      Great fit!

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

      I'm 6'5" and 206lbs and the large fits perfect. The arm length comes down to my wrist and the length of the shirt comes down further in back then the front which is nice since you don't need the extra fabric in the front. Being 6'5" and finding a shirt with good arm and torso length that you don't swim in is a rarity. Good stuff, Stoic!

      Hey Hans, I'm 6'6" and 205lbs, swimmer type build - good to see your review, its always hard to know if something fits me. I usually try to get Large for things, because I like a close fit, but I worry about the arms too sometimes.

      Beyond expectations...

        This is above the rest, as usual. Fits perfect! I'm 6'2", 190 and the large was spot on! I always look forward to seeing Stoic gear on sale!

        Nice Jacket, Great Value

          This is a great value, nice style, color is a little "out there." Not as fine of a hand as Icebreaker, but I don't feel bad about banging around in it either. I think I would prefer this in 100% Merino (but that adds to the cost).

          Merino composite material is awesome

            the merino composite material is a good thick material, has a smooth nylon outer - this allows you to slide on a jacket easily, even a lined jacket like a soft shell.

            The inner is merino wool, warm but very temp regulating. not super wind proof = very easy to regulate heat, moisture, being comfortable.

            great stretch too!

            easy to take care of - cold wash and hang it dry, or dry it ! does not shrink much at all, just dont put in hot dryer.

            4.5 stars

              Really 4.5 if I could do it. This layer is beyond warm, especially for how light it is. I was wearing it over a t-shirt in 40 degrees yesterday and was just slightly on the cold side. About the same as I feel in my pea coat! Great stretch and super soft. Collar stiffness is just right for me. Fit is thin but not tight. I'm a lean (not skinny), athletic 5'6", 140lbs, with a 37" chest and the small fit me perfectly. No complaints about sleeve length (and I usually wear a "short" in formal jackets). There is no stretch when my arms are over my head and the snug wrists ensure that the arms bunch nicely when my arms are down. This is coming with my to Denali this summer.

              Small complaints: The zipper is longer than I'd like. I find that it makes the shirt look a little funny half-zipped. The fabric really shows the texture of what's under it. Don't even think about keeping it around as an all-purpose layer for the office as you will look ridiculous if your shirt has buttons or pockets. Even with a t-shirt under, you're still going to get little peaks over your nipples (peaks that don't show up when just wearing my t-shirt).

              Love the shirt almost enough to wear purple

                Got from S & C thinking SHALE would be basically black. Wrong. Very wrong. Awesome fit, feel, fabric, cut, weight and it would be tolerable if I was blind... That photo of the shirt in "SHALE" does not look purple but it absolutely IS; just like it was died with red wine. My five stars is for all things apart from the purple. If BC will ever make this thing in a sane color I will buy another one give this to a homeless vet in Fairbanks who will likely give it to someone else. As is, I wear it as a base layer but the thing is so warm that you have to take off a layer and there's the purple again... Are you reading this BC? Can we do this in a nice black or desert tan?

                Great Mid/Base Layer

                  Wicks like a Champ. Mid Layer? Mid-heavy Base layer? Its whatever you need it to be. Wicks like a Champ. Insulates quite nicely as well. This is the best non-cocona wicking piece I have used. The price is well worth it(30%off). The Fit and Feel were better than expected initially. I keep this in my car when its not on me for any last minute wardrobe adjustments at the mountain.

                  Perfect fit. Warmth.

                    So this layer is awesome! A little heavier than the Breathe Composite and warmer. The fit is great (I'm 5'8" 220 lbs. stocky) the only thing I would add is the thumb holes that are present on most other base layers. Worth the money, even more so if you can get it on SAC!

                    I wear a stoic 150 crew underneath (with thumb holes) and I am completely satisfied. Wearing the 1/4 zip as a base layer isn't that great, as the zipper pinches my damned chest hair. BAD. The combo of the 150 crew and this is $$$ awesome.

                    Could you please make this top again under the brand? In nice colors, preferrably (slate/deep) - this piece was awesome