Smart Wool Microweight Crew Review

Smartwool

Microweight Crew

$65 (purchase HERE)

 

Test Period: 2 months

Field Tester: Scatman

I’ve always been a fan of Smartwool socks so I was interested in seeing how they did when it came to shirts.  My first impression upon receiving the Microweight Crew was it was soft, nice to the touch and the construction looked great.  Smartwool claims it to have a semi fit but I found it to be like that of an ordinary t-shirt.  For most of my activities I would prefer it to be more fitted.

The flat seams and lack of tags add to the comfort of the shirt.  I did compare this shirt to other brands I have and though soft it was not the softest to the touch.  That’s not to say it’s uncomfortable, it’s quiet the opposite.  The shirt hangs nicely on the body; has a snug neck fit which I like; and has great stretch and recovery.  Branding is limited to a small logo on the left hem and one small neck tag.  You won’t feel like a billboard in this piece.

Because it’s wool this shirt stays fresh even when you don’t.  When it is time to wash it, washing is a simple as tossing it in the washing machine and then drying on low heat.  During my testing I did not notice any shrinking and wrinkling was minimal when hung right away.

Care instructions:

Machine Wash Warm Gentle Cycle, Turn inside out before washing. Tumble Dry Low, Lay flat or line dry for best appearance.  Iron Low, Hot irons can scorch the fabric.  Do Not Bleach, Bleach damages the natural wool fiber.  Dry Clean, Professionally dry clean as necessary.

The Facts:

Knit in Vietnam of 100% Merino Wool

  • Semi Fit
  • Crew neck with set-in sleeves
  • Contrast neck binding and subtle color detail within flatlock stitching
  • Flatlock seam construction eliminates chafing
  • Sizes: S – XXL
Fabric: NTS Microweight 150 g/m sq.
Great as a baselayer in cooler conditions, or by itself when it heats up. Made from our lightest NTS fabric, this crew was designed with flatlock seam construction to eliminate chafing. -Smartwool

Pros and Cons: Pros:  The crew neck, no stink factor and appearance are definitely Pros in my mind.  It comes in five great colors so you can have one for everyday of the week.   Cons:  I find it’s fit to be too loose to make a great base layer.  The flatlock seams might eliminate chafing but the looseness of the shirt chafed my nipples while running. (this being the case this shirt has become one of my favorite everyday pieces)

Overall:  Smartwool has taken their desire for top notch socks and transitioned it over to their clothing nicely.  The Microweight Crew is a wonderful piece but if your like me and like a more fitted base layer, it will probably become more of an everyday piece for you.  I’m fine with this as the shirt looks and feels great.

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Contest!!!

The good people at Smartwool gave me an extra one of these to give away. Each of the following get�s you an entry, there are 8 chances to win!

  • “Liking” both Smartwool & Adventures of Scatman on Facebook
  • Since so many of you have already “Liked” AOS on Facebook I’ll make it fair for you and if you get a friend to like both I’ll give you and them a point. Just have them leave a comment saying who told them to “Like” us so I can track it.
  • Follow @scatmanAT on Twitter
  • Follow @Smartwool on Twitter
  • Link to this post on your blog/website
  • Sharing this post on Facebook (hint: there is a FB share button on the bottom of this post)
  • Leaving a comment on this post telling me you did any of the above, and why you want to win
  • Finally Tweet the below message

I just entered the win a @Smartwool Microweight Crew on the @scatmanat website


The contest starts today Tuesday 8/2 and ends Monday 8/8. The winner will be announced on the 8th at noon. Good luck!

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Scatman

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