dhb Ladies Merino L/S Zip Neck Baselayer


We are big fans of merino wool and so we were delighted to test a range of products that dhb have produced using this wonderful fabric, which include base layers, socks, tights and gloves.


dhb Ladies Merino L/S Zip Neck Baselayer


The long sleeved zip necked base layer is a super light-weight, form fitting base layer made from merino wool.  This means it is 100% natural and but still possesses amazing properties that make it the perfect base layer.  Merino is often used for technical garments because it is excellent at naturally regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin - where the fabric gives some warmth, but without any danger of over-heating - and when you do break sweat, it wicks moisture away from the skin very efficiently. 


Merino is also slightly water-repellent – the scientific explanation is that the keratin fibres are hydrophobic at one end and hydrophilic at the other  – so you don’t feel wet and even if the fabric gets really wet, unlike many other fabrics, wool actually retains warmth.  In common with most wools, merino contains lanolin, which has natural antibacterial properties and so this base layer does not get smelly with use.


This dhb base layer is described as slim fitting, which means it sits next to the skin, to enable the most efficient wicking.  The sleeves are very generous in length and flatlock seams throughout ensure comfort with the form fitting style of this base layer.  There is a zip, which allows for either a close fit or a little extra ventilation at the neck, with a slightly raised collar.  Thoughtfully, it features a tuck away for the zip pull, so there is no unsightly chafing of the chin.  There is also a round neck version, with either long or short sleeves, as an alternative.


If the idea of wool makes you think itchy then think again, because this base layer is made from ultra fine merino wool (18.5 micron yarn in case you are interested) and that means it feels really great next to the skin.


A base layer that will promises love on first wearing, all delivered from a 100% natural fabric.


Sizes: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

Colours: Fuschia, Charcoal, Light Grey

Price: £30.39     

Website: www.wiggle.co.uk - ladies merino


Performance: 8/10

Value: 9/10


Tested by Janet Birkmyre



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