STOIC MERINO WOOL SHIRT: Best Tee for Trek and Travel

Alright, so you are looking for some pretty solid trekking or outdoor shirts.  Something that feels great on the skin, is super comfortable, can wick moisture, and not leave you smelling funky.  Because you are reading this I am going to assume that is a yes.  If that is case consider investing in this shirt and adding it to your travel wardrobe.  I really don’t think you will regret it.

COST: $27-$60

INTENDED USE: Trekking, extensive travel, all around comfortable versatile shirt

COUNTRIES USED IN: Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Mongolia, China

WORTH IT: Absolutely, one of the most comfortable shirts I have ever won

SCORE: 10/10

WOULD I WEAR IT AGAIN: Yes, I usually wear almost every other day

 

Stoic merino crew longsleeve

 

I had know idea what merino wool really was when I invested in these shirts.  That is not a lie either.  A  friend of mine told me to try them out and see what I thought.  So i picked up a couple on my way out the door for my latest five month trip to Mongolia, China, and Nepal.  All I have to say is that I was quite impressed.   I am not a fan of spending too much money on shirts but these won me over.  I was able to get them on sale from Backcountry.com for around $25 a piece.

When I travel I like to bring around three or four quality short sleeve shirts.  For the most part I prefer to get at least two uses out of them, which means if I can wear them solo, great, if they can serve as base layers, even better.  The Stoic Merino short sleeve shirt provided both of these amenities which makes them even more worth the price.

I have gotten away with wearing them in sub-tropical climates and they still proved to be very wearable and never were too hot.  That was my initial concern is that constantly wearing wool, I would be too hot in places where there was a lot of humididty and temperatures exceed 95 degrees regularly.  I never at any point thought that these shirts were too much.

My main intent for these shirts was to wear them as base layers for my trekking in Mongolia and Nepal.  That is why I went with them.  Where I was going to be in these countries, the temperatures were going to be a little cooler so I wanted more of a solid feeling shirt.  So that it was enough to wear solo, but also so it would fit nicely under a mid  layer.

After using them for a total of 29 trekking days and over 140 consecutive days on the road here is what I have to say about them:

  • The fit was awesome.  I am a larger shouldered person and athletically built at about 5’9 185 pounds.  The shirt had a really nice athletic feel to it.  It was close to my skin but not to the point where it was uncomfortable at all.  It would give and stretch with my every movement.
  • They do resist stinking up pretty good.  I had put some serious mileage on it for multiple days and it never really had a noticeably horrible funk.  Maybe I just stunk so bad I didn’t even know, but it sure seemed like it didn’t.
  • One of the most comfortable shirts I have ever worn.  It molds to the contour of the shape of your body.  So a person like me didn’t have to worry about it being too baggy or not loose enough.
  • They don’t dry as fast as the Stoic Breathe 90, but they do dry reasonable quick.  Faster than cotton, and they will still keep you warm.
  • The fit was great with a backpack.  At some points the stretch would have a little stretch to it, but once it was washed it would go back to normal .
  • They pack super small and are very light.

I really had no complaints with this shirt at all.  The stitching held up nicely over the course of the usage.  If I had to complain it would be that it would stretch out a little bit with a pack on, but it would re-size itself after a wash.  But I think that will happen with most shirts when in a situation like that anyway.  Over all it is one of the most comfortable shirts I own, and they are super comfortable to lounge around in at home as well.  It held up great for five months and I plan on getting a lot of future use out of it.  See where to buy and all of the specs in our Rogue Shop.  Check out my own personal review about how this shirt performed way better than I expected in my own personal travels.

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On my way to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Shirt still holding up after about ten days of consecutive use. The Sherpa’s never said anything about the smell, so I assume it was all good.

 

gobi merino

In the middle of the Gobi Desert while a sandstorm begins to form

 

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