Rating: 8.9 / 10
Value for Money 2.1 / 2.5
Comfort 2.3 / 2.5
Weight 2.2 / 2.5
Durability 2.3 / 2.5
I know that for many people who are in the older age bracket, merino wool has a stigma associated with an itchy scratchy, jumper that grandma knitted for you and you felt obligated to wear. For this reason alone I think many people shy away from choosing wool as a garment option. If this is you, you’re missing out.
The Wilderness Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top is made from 18.5 micron superfine Australian wool which provides one of the softest wearing tops I have worn. In no way is it itchy against the skin unlike the cheaper options you may find. In addition to this high grade material, Wilderness Wear use flat locked stitching to construct their garments and in this particular model, seperate underarm panels that contribute to the comfort of this garment. One of the features I love with all of the Wilderness Wear garments is the excellent sleeve and body length which if you are slightly on the taller side, you’ll greatly appreciate.
This top is designed to be a mid layer or in cooler weather as a standalone top. I found that in using this as a single layer at 0° Celcius I was initially cool but once I started walking it was very comfortable and worked well for me. However, be advised I have a high tolerance to cold. One of the main reasons I prefer merino wool tops is that even when they are sopping wet they still maintain a high degree of warmth. Not so much of an issue if you are only hiking in warm conditions but as someone who hikes year round including in sub zero temperatures, it’s the only way to go.
Wilderness Wear also promote the fact that they use Australian grown wool in their products, manufacture in Australia and are also Australian owned. The 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 have good products with features I want. Wilderness Wear does this in spades with this top.
Now for the downsides. This top is only available in one colour, black which if you aren’t fashion conscious won’t be an issue but if you are then tough luck. The big negative for many people is going to be the price which comes in at $129. While not cheap it does represent good value for money and will provide you with a long lasting durable garment. The reputation of merino being scratchy comes from companies that use cheap wool which reduces the price but also greatly reduces the comfort and creates that uncomfortable scratchy feel. In other words, you pay for what you get.
I use other Wilderness Wear garments as part of my layering system preferring to work with a combination of different weight garments. But I do love this top as a standalone item for when I walk in the cooler months of the year. Many people will appreciate the level of warmth that it provides.
Wilderness Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top
Wilderness Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top, side view. The length of the sleeves and the garment body are longer in the Wilderness Wear brand than in many others
Wilderness Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top, rear view. This top is very generous in the body length so it doesn’t come untucked which is great for those of us with a bit of extra height
Wilderness Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top. This image shows the underarm panel which is offset so ensure a comfortable fit under the arm
Close up of sticthing
As a standalone layer in cool weather or as part of your layering system
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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
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