|Rating:||8.7 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.2 / 2.5|
|Warmth||2.0 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.3 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.2 / 2.5|
I recently tested another top in the Wilderness Wear range and for me, this one is a bit of mixed bag. The Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top pretty much describes what you’re getting.
It is made from 100% Australian superfine merino wool and has a ‘mid’ level climate rating. Merino is such a great fabric for hiking clothing because it wicks away moisture, is odour resistant and despite what we used to think about woollen clothing, its extremely hard wearing.
Topping that, Wilderness Wear is an Aussie company making all its gear in Victoria, Australia.
As the name suggests, this top is a lighter weight to the Wilderness Wear Merino Max 260 Long Sleeved Crew Neck Top and is more suited as a warm base layer or a mid layer in your layering system. It could also serve as a lightweight top when the sun starts to drop on warmer days depending of course, on how much you feel the cold.
Now the fit. The body on this top is a comfortable fit – not too tight and not too loose. The length is generous which suits taller people and also those like me who don’t like to come apart in the middle.
The sleeve length is also generous and suit my slightly-longer-for-my-size-arms – I definitely don’t feel the urge to tug at my sleeves the way I do when wearing other tops. One negative is that the sleeves are a skinny fit and, I think, a bit out of proportion to the comfortable fit in the body.
This top has the regular features of Wilderness Wear’s other tops such as the underarm paneling which ensure best fit and flexibility to move, as well as flat lock stitching which adds to the streamlined fit. All up this top is great for a range of outdoor activities.
Colour-wise you’re limited to black but that’s a small compromise for a merino top that only cost AUD $130!
In terms of sizing – I wear a 10 and the fit is great. The fit is described as ‘slim’ but there’s still room to move. In terms of sizing, this top comes in 8-16 sizing.
I tend to ignore the garment care instructions when washing my garments as I did in this case. Again, this top survived the dryer test despite advice from Wilderness Wear not to! I’m happy to report that another Wilderness Wear top is holding up very well.
The big negative for me is the scoop neck – I’ve never been a fan of scoop neck tops because they just don’t sit right on me! Not sure what it is about me but there you have it! But if you ARE a fan of scoop neck tops, then this is a great mid layer option.
Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck Top – Black colour
Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck Top – front view showing scoop neck
Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck Top – rear view showing the great length
Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck Top – side view
Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck Top – flatlock seam and material close up
As part of your layering system and as a mid layer
You can purchase the Wilderness Wear Women’s Merino Mid 195 Long Sleeved Scoop Neck 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 for testing