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Let’s see … When would be a great time to have the Stoic Men’s Merino Crew Short-Sleeve Shirt in your pack? If the day calls for a sunset hike, ridgeline backpacking foray, cross-country mountain bike ride, trad climb, trail run, or even a ski tour. That’s when. Because this merino crew’s made with super-soft, fine wool, it won’t give you a ruinous case of the scratchies. All it’ll do is insulate your pelt from the cool mountain air, breathe perspiration away before it ever beads up, and fight odor buildup. Which all sounds pretty good to us.

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The best T-shirt ever!

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

The perfect T-shirt for any sport (including hiking, climbing and mountaineering). It fits perfectly and for being so thin it's pretty warm. I use it almost every day for sports and even cycle in it to work. After sweating through it for a whole week without washing, there is absolutely no smell. I tried many merino T-shirts and there is none which would come even close!

These Stoics are amazing

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

I have used mine at gym and in the trails and it has just amazed me over past 2years. I have worn it at 5'8 and 220lbs to as light as 180lbs. At both my weights (yes, I go back and forth) it fits snug on the arms and long enough to do pull ups and not show the stomach. loose fitting on the mid section but snug on chest and arms despite my weight. Best dang shirt I own vs. Smartwool variants.


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

This is my second shirt and it rocks. I leave in 100 degree weather in Brazil and not surprisingly I sweat a lot. I originally bought this shirt to go climbing but now I`m just using it everywhere. I can sweat a bucket in this and they will dry up fast and have no smell at all. And yes they are very thin.


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

I got the yellow one and it is so thin that you can see through it. I didn't like this shirt. It was true to size and that is about all that I liked. It was too thin, kind of itchy and it pilled right away. Sorry Stoic, usually I love you but this is not your best work

Great everyday base layer

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

Stoic's merino wool shirts have become my everyday base layer over the past 3 years. The color contrast stitching and side panels on these make them attractive to wear as a top layer as well. Although they are a bit pricey and eventually grow thinner and thinner before tearing through, the overall performance of these shirts is top notch.


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The merino material feels great on the skin, dries quickly, doesn't build odor too badly.

Like most Stoic I have I find the fit is pretty svelte. 6'1" 180 lbs, large fits perfectly for my liking (if I liked it a bit baggy I would definitely size up).

Wish they were cheaper, I'd fill my closet with them.

My favorite baselayer

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

The title says it all. This is my go-to baselayer. It's comfortable, breathable, and is more durable than I would have thought. I climb in it a lot and after a few months on the rock, it still seems to be holding up.

5'8" - 130 lbs - SMALL

Great for lots of activities

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

For someone that is tall and slim, these shirts are fantastic. You can wear them on their own when it's warm, or as a layer when it gets chilly. Super comfortable, especially after a couple washes. Plenty long with longer sleeves than most tees as well.

Great Value

    my experiences with stoic merino have been great. i think my ibex woolies fits, looks, and performs better. But, it's more than twice as expensive. these shirts work great for everything. though for a long backpacking trip, i just feel that the more expensive brands perform a little better. i don't know, maybe just good advertising on their part?

    It's all true

      Product description sums it all up quite well. I would add that this is similar in style, fit and feel to the branded merino t shirt that they used to sell. I bought this one based on a live chat with a bc gear expert who pointed me in this direction. Thanks. Shirt is fitted.

      Great feel, curious details

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

      I bought this along with a Smartwool Microweight T. Both are roughly the same weight. I found this shirt from Stoic to be slightly softer. The tail in the back has added length which is great if you plan to wear this while riding a bike.

      That said, There are some curious things going on. The panel construction is nice rather than just a front and back. The thing that really gets me, however, is the collar. It says crew neck, right? But it's actually a crew neck peaking out behind a v. Great if you're okay with that, but it looks a little funny to my eyes, though I really envision wearing these as undershirts mostly.

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      This is the best T-shirt ever, but the one I have is now falling apart... It fits perfectly and is great for extreme sports. I can sweat through it everyday for a whole week or more without any odor. Why don't you plan on selling this T-shirt anymore?

      Could you get me in touch with the manufacturer?


      Are these shirts ever coming back? I love...

      Are these shirts ever coming back? I love the one I have and I'd like to be able to pick up a couple more.

      Hey Antonio Caligiuri,

      Thanks for your question.

      I am really sorry to report that we do not have any purchase orders set up for new inventory to come in. In addition this is the 2012 model so I would have to speculate that we will not be bringing any more inventory in. An updated version may be bought to sell but that is speculation as well. Sorry about that.

      How fitted is this shirt? I'm 5'10" 135lbs...

      How fitted is this shirt? I'm 5'10" 135lbs and usually get x-small if it's available so I'm concerned the small may be loose.

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      How does this shirt relate to the Patagonia...

      How does this shirt relate to the Patagonia Capilene 1 Silk stretch or any of the 1 series?

      Recommended Merino crew for running? Would...

      Recommended Merino crew for running?

      Would the Stoic Crew be recommended for a merino running/training top? I recently purchased Arc'teryx' Motus, but I don't think it's worth the $65 and I'm a bit appaled by the smell it held after a single 30 minute run! I don't even smell that bad after a half-marathon and somehow this amplified funk!!

      Also.. what is the weight for the Stoic Crew, and do they have the slightest amount of itch?

      Thanks in advance

      Eric - the merino used in the Stoic crew is spun from a 17.5 micron (superfine) wool fiber. There is no itch in this fine a quality of merino. This merino will definitely inhibit lingering effects of funk, but will also retain a fair amount of moisture during high-aerobic activities. I wore recently on a hike in very hot, humid Hong Kong and was comfortable, although my merino crew did not dry as quickly as some of my companions' lightweight synthetic layers.

      Weight of the fabric is around 150gsm (grams/square meter).

      Hi Eric - I wear mine to run in all the time, short sleeve in the summer and long sleeve in the winer. No itch, no funky smell, and for me it's much more pleasant next to the skin than the synthetics. It does a good job of transporting moisture away from the body but during high aerobic activity in warm weather it will retain sweat, but then again all of my synthetics do too. Ben above is correct in that it won't dry post-workout as fast as the synthetics, but for me it more than makes up for that in all of the other qualities, especially general comfort. It may not be for everyone, but if you haven't yet tested the new performance wool you REALLY should give it a try.

      Any chance of getting these in black in...

      Any chance of getting these in black in stock again? These are honestly my favorite shirts, especially how the sholders are cut, I cant find anything similar.

      Has anyone else gotten the color Deep/Deep?...

      Has anyone else gotten the color Deep/Deep? I ordered two of these (one Shale/shale, one Deep/Deep) and the Shale came exactly as pictured, but the Deep came with yellow stitching. There are two different pictures of blues that are both fine, but neither hint at yellow stitching. Did I get the wrong color, or is Deep/Deep actually Deep/Citron(yellow)?

      Yellow stitching on the Deep/Deep that I just got a couple days ago.

      I REALLY wish they would stock the more regular/tame colorways appropriate to demand in these (and really all Stoic pieces). The cut of their upper body wear agrees really well w/ my build providing a non-restrictive and flattering fit, the materials seem pretty nice across the board, and I haven't had any issues w/ durability, but I feel like I have to win the lottery to find a color combo that I don't feel like a tool wearing outside in stock.

      If they had consistent stock of black, grey, true white, and some solid non-funky hues/tints of other colors, I would probably own another 4 or so of these, 3-4 of the LS merino shirts, and more of their midlayers.

      /rant off ;)

      How bright is the green? I have this shirt...

      How bright is the green? I have this shirt in other colors and most of them look different in person than in the product description. Can I expect the shade in photo or darker, or is it more a kelly green?

      I'm looking for a good shirt that does not...

      I'm looking for a good shirt that does not hold odor but can be used comforterbally in Carolina summers, sohow would this shirt work for summer in the southeast where temps can get into the 100's and humidity of 100%.

      I bought a couple of these shirts (November...

      I bought a couple of these shirts (November 2010) and when wet, they smell like a wet dog (sheep presumably), not a hint of smell when dry, this definitely doesn't happen to my i/o, icebreaker or smartwool stuff, did I get a bad batch or will the smell go away after a couple of washes?

      My one Icebreaker t-shirt smells pretty funky after it comes out of the washing machine, so I accepted this as a foregone conclusion with all wool shirts. I just bought two of these and haven't washed them yet, but I'm expecting the same experience as you had with them.

      Hmm, all of my merino smells a little when wet, including my IB, Ibex and I/O. It's something that I'm used to at this point and not worried about it when it happens, though I do have to be careful when I'm going to sweat a lot to dry off before I visit with the ladies. :)

      I'm 6'2" 185 and don't care for the skin...

      I'm 6'2" 185 and don't care for the skin tight fit...what size should i go with?

      does merino have a measurable SPF?

      does merino have a measurable SPF?

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      I hadn't actually thought about it before. According to this website ( it has an SPF of 25-50+. I don't have anything quantitative to add, but I certainly get tan lines when wearing merino t-shirts so there clearly is some amount of sun-blocking going on.

      Is the quality any better then the old...

      Is the quality any better then the old Goat crew. I have found that my 2 crews are getting holes in them only after 1 year.

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      I'm going to find out..just got one on SAC. You know the ones and the stoic ones have a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer (BC/stoic)..why not chat them up if you really feel they went fast. They are thin but mine have held up well so far -- did they wear thin where pack-straps are or what?

      these new merino shirts are made of a better merino wool. 17.5 micron which is softer. quality is great. durability may not be better, but the softness and feel of the merino is better. for more durability and off width climbing, try the Breathe tech tee, a more durable polyester yarn.

      Can we get some of these without the...

      Can we get some of these without the contrast stitching? The old BC ones were nice because you could wear them without looking super tech'ed out.

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      probably not. stoic seems like it's going for 'the stupid-crazy 80's look' in most of their gear but forgot that even when those trends re-appear, they are just that, trends. You could see a little of this bizzaro seep out in Backcountry brand pieces ('carrot, aqua, etc' on pullovers/shift), its like they let those designers have free reign when it came to the stoic line.

      I'd agree with you--the bc ones were solid and plain. these with stitching look more like some sugoi bike shirt

      1.) Is this the same cut as the old

      1.) Is this the same cut as the old merino crew's
      2.) Is the "green" actually yellow or did i just find out i'm colorblind?

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      Used the stoic merino crew short sleeve this weekend and have to say it is nearly the same cut. I held it against a tried and true merino i have and it seems to be about an inch longer in the back, which I think is a fine variation. I also compared it to the wall tshirt ( and the stoic shirt seemed identical to that. The one I've had the longest (about a year) so maybe it is the wash/dry cycle that has gotten to it (and makes up for the difference in tail length)