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The Patagonia Men’s Merino 2 LW Crew is a wool blend base layer for hiking and climbing in cool temps. Toss the Merino 2 into your day pack for a spring time day hike or throw it on while belaying your bud on a cool fall morning. The lightweight fabric is soft on the skin and the natural merino fibers mixed with Capilene wicks moisture away and dries it out. Offset side seams make it easy to wear under a pack or harness so you can stay warm on the trail and on the rock.
FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Merino 2 LW Crew
Fine merino wool responsibly sourced from the grasslands of Patagonia and blended with Capilene polyester for improved wicking, durability and dry time
18.9 micron-gauge yarn; jersey-knit construction
Set-in sleeves reduce chafing
Elastic thumb loops on inner cuffs
Side seams offset to minimize irritatio
Slow-washed without chlorine to prevent shrinkage bluesign approved fabric
Machine-wash cold, tumble dry at low temperature
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Merino 2 LW Crew
Weight: 7 oz / 199 g
4.9-oz / (165-g) 80% chlorine-free merino wool
20% polyester (100% recycled)
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This shirt is awesome. It's great as an only layer when working out. It breathes so the sweat wicks away so your body stays at an even temperature instead of getting chilled. It is also great as a base layer with unobtrusive thumbholes that are helpful with keeping sleeves in place when inserting sleeves into an outer layer. Again, the temperature regulation was reliably constant when I was in 10 degree temperatures using this as a base layer while walking at a brisk pace. At first I was comfortable but after awhile my body heated up and I had to open my jacket. I felt the beginning of perspiration but I didn't get cold from it like I have from other synthetic base layers in the past. Merino is wonderful and the trim cut makes this shirt ideal for layering or showing off your athletic build. I'm 5'11" 170lbs. and the Medium fits well.
This is my second purchase of the Patagonia Merino 2 LW Crew. It serves as a fantastic base layer for skiing. It also works for runs in brisk autumn weather. It keeps you warm, wicks away sweat, and dries quickly. Best of all, it doesn't smell. You can actually wear it a few times before washing.
Patagonia's addition to the Merino base layers on the market is a great one. It's very tight-fitting, so you can comfortably wear it under lots of layers if you're going out in the cold. I also wear it alone or under a light wind jacket for high-energy activities in mild weather (like early season climbing). Despite being form-fitting, the stitching won't bother you at all, as Patagonia has designed it so that the stitches don't hit high-use areas (like your elbows). Another great design feature is the thumb loops; they mean that you don't have to fumble around with the sleeves when you're putting on lots of clothes before an ascent. Unfortunately, I initially found this merino a little scratchier than other ones out there -- like Icebreaker or Smartwool -- but a couple of washings helps with that a bit. As far as style, the striped design looks pretty great and will help you stand out from all the solid black- or gray-clothes people out there, if that's your thing.