Rating: 9.2 / 10
Value for Money 2.2 / 2.5
Comfort 2.4 / 2.5
Weight 2.3 / 2.5
Durability 2.3 / 2.5
Before I started testing the Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top I wasn’t really sure how I would put it to use. Like most hikers I use a layering system that provides a high degree of versatility over a wide range of temperatures and for me this includes a long sleeved lightweight top as well as a long sleeve heavier weight top which at the moment is the Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 195 Long Sleeved Zip Neck Top. This means that another heavier weight top such as this one would have to replace an existing component of my layering system and I didn’t think that was likely.
I’m a big fan of merino tops and I have found the heavier weight MerinoFusion range of tops from Wilderness Wear have been good alternatives. The ‘MerinoFusion’ part of the name means this top is a combination of merino wool and polypropylene. The idea here is that this hybrid material provides the best of both worlds:
In addition, the use of a synthetic hybrid material means that it is cheaper than 100% wool garments.
Size wise this top is a reasonably true to form and my current XL version is reasonable snug fitting without being tight on my current 101 kg frame. As with the other Wilderness Wear tops I have reviewed, the body and sleeve lengths are very generous which is often a shortcoming of many other brands available which can cause them to ride up or become untucked.
The other feature worth mentioning on this garment is the additional under-arm panel rather than having a seam that runs straight up under the armpit. This additional panelling makes it feel very comfortable even on long days. This garment also comes in four colour choices which I know is not a consideration for many people but its does allow you to individualise your gear; first world issue I know. This top also comes with thumb loops on the sleeve so in cold conditions you have some weather protection for your hands.
Now I left testing this top until I had the opportunity to test it out in some seriously cold weather. For me at least, this top works well as a standalone top in temperatures ranging from around 3°- 10° Celcius. Once I head past that I start to sweat if carrying a loaded pack and moving fast. I found the MerinoFusion 190 material very comfortable and soft against my skin and has just a tiny bit more movement to it than the Wilderness Wear Wear Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Crew Top.
The big surprise for me is that the Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top has now become my choice for when I want a standalone single layer.
Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top in ‘Ocean’ colour
Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top-side view. Note the generous length of both the sleeves and the body of the top itself
Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top – side view
Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top – underarm view
Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 neck close up
As a standalone layer in cold weather or as a second layer in layering system
You can purchase the Wilderness Wear MerinoFusion 190 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top from Wilderness Wear
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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
This review was done with product provided by Wilderness Wear