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Tested by sheep

Tested: Icebreaker Sierra Long Sleeve Zip

We’ve been wearing Icebreaker’s Sierra Long Sleeve Zip jacket ($180) all summer and fall for mountain hiking — and though merino sheep have a few more centuries of wear-testing on their coats than we ever will, we’ve managed to form some opinions of our own.

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When these fibers combine...

Dahlgren Socks

While we prefer the warmer, sockless months, the colder ones are just a fact of life. And as such, the right socks are critical. You want to look good, maybe show some ankle flair, and most importantly keep your feet dry. Wicking moisture away from your feet actually keeps them warm in the winter, or…

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Be the Black Sheep

Filson Merino Wool T-Shirt

Wear a wool t-shirt? You’d probably rather roll yourself into a sheet of fiberglass insulation after soaking in corn syrup. For many years now, synthetic activewear have been all the rage for their warmth, ability to dry quickly and overall comfort. Synthetics tend to channel modern adventurist and climber extraordinaire, Ed Viesturs, while wool echoes,…

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Enough With the Fake Fleece

Icebreaker RealFleece Aspiring Zip

Sometime in the 1980s, clothing companies discovered that plastic fibers could be spun to look like wool fleece. This polyester fleece had many of the same properties as wool but lacked the itchiness of wool. The rest is history and we’ve endured (and enjoyed) thirty years of fluffy jackets, many in garish colors, that have…

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Nothing But 100% Silk Wool Touches This Body

Ramblers Way Wool

By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Sandy Bandu Yes, it’s true – and once you try it you will likely never go back. Forget cotton, forget polyester; lightweight, merino wool is all you need. This writer will go so far as to admit that he has had a hard time peeling this new “second”-Cross Neck…

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Educate Your Feet

Smartwool Socks

In the world of socks, somewhere between your dress socks and your athletic socks, exists a weird limbo zone. I’m talking about socks that can be worn with some casual shoes and jeans, without having that now-dreaded white cotton showing (apparently the ladies notice… who knew?). This wouldn’t have bothered me in college, but now…

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Ralph Lauren Merino Wool V-Neck

A v-neck is not your grandfather’s sweater. The cut accentuates your upper body and frames your tie (if you’re wearing one) better than anything else your wardrobe. You don’t need a dozen sweaters in your wardrobe. Just get one or two you can interchange with your shirts and/or ties or just pair it with a…