Victoria N.wrote a review of Smartwool Merino 250 1/4-Zip Top - Women's on August 22, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
This is a magic shirt. I don't understand how it works, but it's been my go-to shirt for ALL weather conditions and ANY activity I do outside.
I bought this shirt for the ski season almost two years ago, finding it great for keeping me warm (I run cold) either with puffy +shell for super cold days, but if the snow is dry enough, just under a shell. THEN I started wearing it under my shell on spring ski days, and I never overheated. Somehow, it regulates my temp perfectly.
Then I started wearing it during climbing seasons, finding it the perfect baselayer to pack in a crag bag. Do I climb with it in 55 degree weather, on long, windy multi-pitches? Yes. Do I climb with it in 85-90 degree weather, when trying to protect my skin from mosquitoes, sharp rock, or sun? YES.
Basically every extreme outdoor trip, this shirt is my number one. Perhaps due to some unfortunate washing machine practices and shoving it on over a helmet too many times, the cloth near the zipper has torn and the hole is only getting bigger. But is this preventing me from wearing it and plotting my next color purchase? Not at all. This shirt is legit magic. Pic below on a mosquito-y 75 degree day in Tuoloume Meadows (Cathedral Peak).