When you finally get fed-up with coming home from your hikes wearing a smelly shirt, get the Minus 33 Ticonderoga Lightweight Crew Top, and start enjoying the naturally breathable and antimicrobial benefits of merino wool. Plus, with it's slim fit, you'll be able to layer this top under a fleece or softshell in the shoulder seasons.
- Merino wool
- Naturally antimicrobial, regulates body temperature
- Slim fit
- Flatlocked seams
- Item #MNU0007
- Q & A
Ticonderoga Lightweight Crew Top
Stoked to be comfortable!
Works great under a drysuit when you are running The Numbers at high water and stoke to have survived!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 190lbs
First off, I'm super stoked Minus 33 and backcountry.com gave me the chance to review some great gear for the Backcountry community!
The moment I took this shirt out of the bag, was my first introduction to Minus 33. I had never heard of them before. I also hadn't had much experience with Merino wool so I really had no idea what to expect. But after surfing around their website, it seams like they know quite a bit about the Merino wool and have been in the industry for a long time so I was excited this would be a good intro to both.
Use & Performance:
When I first received this shirt, it was just starting to heat up here in the south, So I was a little nervous about testing a long sleeve layer when it wasn't cold. On my 1st day, I decided to go ahead and throw it on for a little trail riding. I was surprised, even at temps in the low 70's I was very comfortable. After a couple hours, I never felt overheated and amazingly never felt like I was soaked with sweat. It kept me dry and was very breathable.
After a few more rides and hikes with very similar results, I put it through the real test. I made this my go to layer for a week long kayaking trip in Colorado. It was a good decision! This time of year in CO the air is very warm but the water is very cold so I needed something that works for both. The shirt provide just enough warmth as my only layer under my drysuit. Even with the snow melt water, my arms were comfortable after a couple hours of paddling. Then when I needed to hike in or out, or scout, I could remove the top half of my drysuit to around my waist, exposing just the shirt and I was comfortable in the CO sun.
I was very pleased with the way it performed out there.
I also want to mention how well the merino wool held up to funk!
Let's just say after a week of boating with 3 guys living out of a car, things things were not smelling very well. But out of all our gear, this one was the best of not holding on to odor compared to our other layers of capilene and neoprene, even when it had been packed away with all the other wet gear. After letting it sit in the sun for a bit to dry out, you could throw it back on for another day of boating and still be approachable to strangers!
I am a pretty standard Large in most all brands and I am the same for Minus 33. It fit just like all other shirts designed to be layered. Slim fit, not to tight around the neck but not to loose, and hangs just a tad below the waist line. It did have a nice elastic band in the wrist so the don't stretch out over time.
But the only original dislike I had with the shirt was the sleeves were very short on me. My arms are pretty normal in length in most brands but this shirt only reached the upper side of my wrist. When wearing this as the only layer while hiking, I didn't like the short sleeve, I like the sleeves to completely cover my wrist. But with more use, I found out that they weren't that bad. When biking with long sleeve, I always find myself pulling them up and these were at a length I didn't find myself doing it so often and when I did they stayed in place. And the best use of the shorter sleeves were when I paired it with my drysuit. They were the perfect length so that they were out of the way of the wrist gaskets. I didn't have to bunch them up or worry about them sticking out of the gasket and soaking up water.
The fabric is very soft and does feel thin, but I haven't had any problems with tears or holes. After a month of pretty heavy use, the shirt still looks very good.
I was very impressed with this shirt. It was exactly what I needed for my kayak trip and has worked well for other activities. I'm looking forward to getting more use out of it on the bike and in the water this summer, but very interested how it works as a layer in cooler weather of the fall. I will definitely keep my eye on Minus 33 when layer shopping and will let you all know how this one holds up for the long run!
Ticonderoga Lightweight Crew
Minus33 was founded on the notion of creating high quality performance garments for the active outdoor community at a price people can afford.