Rating: 5 / 5
Too often it seems that merino manufacturers, in an effort to avoid scratchiness, process merino in a way that tends to make it feel more like cotton or even silk. How they do this I'm not sure. But the Nelson definitely feels like wool, slightly fuzzy feeling, but not at all scratchy. I imagine the fuzziness comes from the small scales at the nodes of the wool fibers (perhaps some manufacturing processes mill these off somehow). These small scales, which can feel scratchy, are more widely separated, and therefore fewer in number, in merino, compared to ordinary wool, but probably trap air against the skin, increasing warmth, and also help to wick away H20. The 17.5 mil fibers, though not that much smaller than the 18.5 Ibex often uses elsewhere, make a perceptibly smoother garment with a higher warmth/perceived weight ratio.