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EDZ Merino Wool 200g Base Layer Zip Neck review

Thermal base layers such as EDZ's lightweight merino wool top help you keep warm and comfortable - so you can stay outdoors longer, whether you're a walker, cyclist, climber or bird-watcher

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
Mens Merino 200g Zip Top Denim Invisible Side

Our review

Well-priced and simple design
Pros: 100% merino wool has natural anti-odour properties
Half-zip helps you regulate your temperature
Cons: None.

Base layers are an important part of an outdoor-lover’s winter wardrobe, especially if you’re a walker, biker, hiker, climber or camper who likes to be out for long periods of time. They are close-fitting, making them compact and efficient beneath other layers, but are designed to trap a thin layer of air between the fabric and your skin; your body then heats this trapped air, providing an extra level of warmth to your torso.

EDZ men's 200g merino wool zip neck baselayer

EDZ’s merino wool base layers –  the men’s Merino Wool 200g Base Layer Zip Neck Top above, and the almost identical women’s Merino Wool Base Layer Zip Neck below – are solid and relatively affordable merino wool top, warm and comfortable with a handy zip on the neck.

Edz women's merino wool ip neck baselayer

Merino wool dries quickly and has remarkable anti-odour properties – so it seldom needs washing. The base layer is medium to light in weight and the fit is close, without being tight, so there is good freedom of movement. There are well-placed thumb loops on the cuffs, and a half-zip on the neck can be pulled down to the chest, allowing you to release heat quickly and easily if needed. (DG)

Facts at a glance:

  • Fabric: 100% superfine merino wool, 200 g
  • Care: Machine washable
  • Weight: 200g

RRP £59.99

Also consider

Helly Hansen LIFA Merino Midweight 1/2 Zip LS Top

This base layer has the all-important crew neck to keep out drafts, as well as a half zip allows you to regulate temperature; and the outer fabric is 100% odour-resistant merino wool – so far similar to the EDZ baselayer above. What it adds is an extra inner layer, bonded to the wool: a synthetic fabric designed to wick moisture away from the skin, so it feels dry even when you are perspiring from exertion.  Men’s and women’s versions are available. (JP)