|Rating:||9.5 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.4 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.4 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.4 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.3 / 2.5|
I have been wearing long sleeved tops on nearly all my hikes for the past 8 years and from what I see other hikers wearing on the trail I know that I’m in the minority; but for me its a no brainer. Between creepy crawlies such as Ticks and March Flies, and the impacts of the sun such as dehydration, sunburn, and skin cancer, it’s very rare to see me in a short sleeved top. I’m also a huge fan of merino as a fabric as it minimises odour when you wear the same top for anything up to a week at time between washes on long distance hikes and in the event you get wet it will still keep you warm.
Having worked outdoors for much of my life I have a reasonable tolerance for cold and as such I prefer my tops on the thinner side so was keen to try out the Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top and I was very interested to see how it would perform and what better way to test it out than to wear it on a five week 1000km hike of the Bibbulmun Track. As usual lets get the negatives over first:
Now to offset the negatives there is plenty to love about this long sleeved top so here goes. In trying this top on for the first time there were a number of very obvious advantages. Firstly the length of the body and the sleeves is very generous. I’m not overly tall at around 185cm but I have a real issue with sleeve and body length with many pieces of clothing that I try on. For many years I haven’t really had a choice with this and have just had to put up with my tops being on the short side and with it a reduced level of comfort. The other thing that also noticed on first wear was the softness and with it the comfort of the material. They use a high grade of merino wool in conjunction with a particular weaving process that just provides that soft feel. Like many tops of this calibre they use a flat lock stitching that means you don’t feel the seams and this includes the underarm seam which is offset so that you don’t notice it.
Wilderness wear also promote the fact that they use Australian grown wool in their products, manufacture in Australia, and are also Australian owned. There garment packaging plays on this by promoting “200% Australian Made-Owned”. I do try to support Australian companies where I can but only if they provide a good product that has the features that I want. Wilderness wear does this in spades with this top.
I have been wearing this top for around 5 years now on both shorter and multi-day trips. It’s a great lightweight top and well worth considering as part of your layering system or as a standalone in warmer climates.
Wilderness Wear Cumulo 150 Long Sleeve Top Platinum colour
Mens Cumulo 150 Long Sleeve Tee Top Tangerine Colour
Tim in his first Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top
Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top-side view. Note the generous length of the sleeves
Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top rear view. This top is very generous in the body length so it doesn’t come untucked like many tops do which is great for those of us with a bit of extra height
Wilderness Wear Cumulo Merino Long Sleeved Tee Top. This image shows the underarm panel which is offset so ensure a comfortable fit under the arm
As a standalone layer is warmer weather or as a base layer in cold weather
You can purchase the Wilderness Wear Cumulo 150 Long Sleeve Tee Top from Wilderness Wear
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AUD $130.00 RRP
Wilderness Wear produces a large range of tops in both short and long sleeves, as well as thin to thick materials. Depending on your tolerance for cold and your layering system there is a garment to suit your needs
This review was done with product provided by Wilderness Wear