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Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/03/2010 19:17:48 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I'm looking for a fitted merino T-shirt, something soft yet durable and retains its shape, hugs the body well (not baggy, but not constrictive) and works well for tall people (Arcteryx-type fit as opposed to Patagonia-type fit--the reason I mention this is that Capiline base layers always come untucked too easily for me).

It would function well on its own as an early autumn hiking shirt, but would also be useful as an undershirt (for in-town activities) during winter.

I know it's kind of a tall order, but if you know of such a shirt (maker), would you kindly let me know?


Edit: I'm 5'11" with a slim build

Edited by NightMarcher on 11/03/2010 23:11:21 MDT.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/03/2010 19:34:24 MDT Print View

Maybe the closest maker of an Arcteryx-type fit would be....


John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/03/2010 19:38:09 MDT Print View

The Icebreaker Bodyfit line - several fabric weights and shirt styles...

Stephan Doyle
Many choices on 11/03/2010 19:56:12 MDT Print View

I have Smartwool, Icebreaker, and Stoic merino pieces. All sport a rather trim cut. Smartwool may have the most length, since you mentioned that being important, but I'm not "tall" so can't say if it'd work for you.

Brian Senez
(bsenez) - MLife

Locale: New England
re: Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/03/2010 20:31:38 MDT Print View

The Ibex stuff is very form fitting for me. I would recommend their t-shirt and woolies base layer. For me the smartwool stuff is very baggy in comparison (5'8" 155lb size M).

Chris Benson
(roguenode) - F

Locale: Boulder
ib 150 vs 140 on 11/03/2010 20:49:30 MDT Print View

Fwiw, I have two Icebreaker lightweight t-shirts; a superfine ultralight 140 wt and a gt velocity ss crewe 150 wt (non-zip version). You can tell the 140 is more sheer, but has has been significantly less durable than the gt. The collar is fraying and rolling after limited use. Not so happy with the 140.

On the other hand, I run in the gt quite a bit and it is holding up very well. Definitely a sport-fit with multi-panel athletic cut. The back and underarm areas are vented/mesh-like. Fasted drying merino shirt I have.

edit: I'm 6'1'' have a large and the length is fine as it has a moderate drop tail.

Edited by roguenode on 11/03/2010 20:59:24 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: ib 150 vs 140 on 11/03/2010 21:01:31 MDT Print View

Icebreaker 140 -

Any fine garmet: Light, sheer, or durable - pick two.

140 is Very light. I'm getting holes in the legs simply from putting it on and taking it off. I bought it as a very light weight PJ bottom, and it has served very well for about 3 years.

But I'd recommend a heavier weight for more durability.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/03/2010 23:18:06 MDT Print View

You could try something made for cyclists, like this from Hincapie:

The company is fine, but I have no experience with the product itself.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Io Bio/Icebreaker on 11/03/2010 23:21:23 MDT Print View

IO BIO euro tee.

Icebreaker starts at 150gm2 now, and the body fit is more fitted.

Their GT is fitted, longer in the body and sleeves and has a better fabric option for running, XC skiing and winter bike commuting

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Looking for a fitted merino T-shirt on 11/04/2010 12:02:15 MDT Print View

Ibex woolies is very trim fitting but is ribbed-woven, so stretchy and non-constricting... comfy! If you're between sizes I'd go up one... great shirt.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
MEC Merino on 11/04/2010 12:24:52 MDT Print View

I have had a lot of success with MEC's brand:

Slim, snug fit. Awesome price too.

John Wozniak
(woz9683) - F

Locale: Southeast
Wool T on 11/04/2010 15:57:51 MDT Print View

I'm 5'11" 155lb. and I really like the Stoic merino Ts in Medium. Plenty of length to stay tucked in, form-fitting but not tight, and really soft. You can find pretty great deals on them on SAC from time to time too.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
mec on 11/04/2010 16:06:52 MDT Print View

another vote for MEC if you live in canada ... if it wears apart, just take it back for premature implosion