SmartWool Merino 250 Crew - Women's

The SmartWool Women's Merino 250 Crew helps your body regulate its temperature on your next autumn run, hut-to-hut snowshoe trek, or spring skiing session. The top's soft merino wool has an uncanny ability to keep you comfortable in a range of conditions, either on its own or layered under other garments.

  • Soft merino feels great against the skin, insulates in cold weather, wicks moisture, and naturally inhibits odor
  • Shoulder panels eliminate top shoulder seams for comfort under backpack straps
  • Flatlock seams go easy on your skin
  • Back body seam wraps to front for a body-enhancing fit
  • UPF 50 protection blocks the sun before it can fry your skin
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Does work.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave this as a gift to a friend of mine for a fall adventure that she was headed on in the desert and she said that she was really pleased with how they work. As a baselayer, it works great and is really comfortable. The sizing is a bit large though, but wouldn't recommend a size up, just be prepared for a looser fit. With a down jacket only on top of this layer, she was really warm even in freezing temperatures. It works really well as a fall layer just on its own too.

Merino wool is the best base layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

Wool is a little pricey but totally worth it. It is a superior material for a base layer--keeping cold out but letting warmth escape. I love this shirt so much I was tempted to buy in different colors. It's cute enough to wear around town, too.

Versatile and Warm.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XS

I use this baselayer for just about everything: cold weather running, hiking, skiing —you name it. The merino wicks away moisture, dries quickly and regulates my temperature with ease. And since it's a midweight baselayer, it does keep me pretty toasty so I find it's most ideal for super cold days otherwise I start to over heat. The fit is relatively straight forward: I'm 110lbs, and purchased an XS. It's definitely form-fitting so if you want some room to move and you're around the same size as me, I'd recommend sizing up. My only complaint is that the flatlock seams, despite being flatlock seams, are kinda bulky and annoying at times. But that's a pretty nominal complaint at the end of the day.

Great base layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I bought this to wear as a base layer for a trip to Iceland in May. Temperature will be in the 40s. I haven't had a chance to test it out very much but I wore it outside by itself on a windy 60 degree morning and the wind did not cut through. I was very comfortable, not hot or cold. Yes the material is a little itchy but I think anything wool is a little itchy. You will adjust. The shirt dries very fast. I got this in blue and it is not sheer or see through at all. Very stretchy and form fitted. Based on my measurements, the size chart indicated a size small however I bought a medium because I didn't want it to be skin tight. And it is still pretty fitted. It is also water resistant. I wanted to test this out (lol) so I poured water onto the shirt and it just bounced off and went on the floor. It doesn't soak up liquids. Also the material does not absorb odors.

Not so Basic Baselayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

A great shirt to wear while hiking, skiing, or whatever outdoor activities you fancy. It's super soft and a bit thicker than other baslayers without being bulky, too heavy or itchy. It's incredibly soft and breathable and it is a fitted shirt that runs true to size so if you want it to be a little lose, definitely size up. This shirt is a staple for backpacking trips during the summer and fall as well as for day trips to the mountain in the winter.

Great Base Layer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

Great fit for those with long torso/ arms. Runs a bit small so I went with the Large for comfort and full mobility.

warm base layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

little bit thicker then other base layers. Nice and warm. Not too tight either. I got a Medium because I thought it might be a really snug fitting top, and I like my shirts looser. Its very comfortable a little loose fitting a size up. For anyone else my size I would recommend a small.

Great baselayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I bought this for my mother because I love mine so much (I bought mine last year and wore many times). It's perfect on its own when the weather is starting to chill but not too thick to wear underneath additional layers.

Short all over

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: Small

I wanted to like this shirt, though, it was just too short all over. I liked the formfitting shape which is nice for layering without wrinkles and bulk, which is why I decided to return it rather than size up.

Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I have been in search of the perfect foundation garment for x-c skiing and snowshoeing, and this is it! I have worn it from 5-34 degrees, and only change my outer garment depending on the temperature and wind. Not itchy at all and a great color.

Fantastic Baselayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

True to size fit. Sleeves are nice and long so they don't ride up your forearm. This is my go-to base layer but I also wear it around. The fabric isn't scratchy at all and is not at all transparent. Highly recommend as a base.

Getting smartwool midweight bottom for my wife for christmas - also looking at the crew top - is it very long? she is about 5'10 and slender and wears a med. Just wondering if it's long enough. thanks

Steve,

I am a similar build and height and have trouble finding shirts that fit nicely. I think Medium would be a great size—these shirts aren't super generous in length, but fair for a Regular (versus Tall) size. I would suggest hand washing and definitely hang dry as they shrink a bit in the torso and arms.

My 4th

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Over the past 4 years I have acquired 4 of these and they continue to wear very well. Durable, breathable, won't stink, won't pill. I am 120 lb. And wear the size M. I can wear it both over and under other layers. It is cut in a flattering way, without being clingy or overly snug.

Midweight perfect for May Denali biking

This was a windy yet fairly warm overcast day, but this layer was perfect in the afternoon for a mountain bike through the park!

Midweight perfect for May Denali biking

Midweight Crew is a great baselayer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

This crew is really great baselayer for skiing, hiking, biking, camping, or really any purpose. The wool is very soft, not scratchy at all and it is warmer than expected (in a good way) for being a midweight layer. It fits and looks really nice on, so much so, that you might find yourself wearing it around town on a cold rainy day. It is tight enough that you can layer easily on top of it, but not skin tight. I am a little over 5'9'' and little over 140 pounds and the medium fits me perfectly! I love this layer.

Midweight Crew is a great baselayer

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Another great product by SmartWool

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is a must have for winter sports. I compared a lot of different mid layer brands and tops and this was easily my favorite. It's not itchy like many wool-based layers and it keeps me warm and dry all day long. I can't wait to get another one.

Smart buy!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I walk two Siberians everyday. I put the Smart Wool top and bottom on under cotton jersey lined wind pants, a turtle neck and a down coat. I'm good to go even if the temperature says it feels like -10 outside. They feel great,perfect fit, very comfortable and they wash easily too. I love these. Wish I had ordered a second pair.

Smartwool Midweight Crew

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

In the past, I usually bought synthetic materials, mainly because they are easier to find and a lot cheaper but I finally decided to try wool baselayers and I am so glad I did! Synthetic baselayers always leave me feeling clammy and cold, and they rarely dry as fast as you want them to, when I'm working hard to keep a pace it doesn't bother me but when on breaks or I've reached my destination, my body temp plummets and I get cold, fast. That doesn't happen with wool, it really does help regulate body temp and keeps you warm even when your drenched in sweat, and its very soft and comfy and not itchy at all. I wear a size medium and its perfect fit, although I have noticed it shrinks just a tiny bit the first time you wash it, when I do wash it, I always let it air dry. I highly recommend this product, its worth the money.

Are these shirts itchy? I usually stay...

Are these shirts itchy? I usually stay away from wool as a base layer because I can't stand the itchy feel of wool on my skin. But someone said these shirts are different. Any feedback?

Best Answer

Nope! Not at all Onep!

The Merino ram is a different breed than that which you think of when you imagine an old itchy sweater from days of yore.



The fiber is a LOT smoother (on a microscopic level) which results in better comfort and less irritation. Google Merino wool and take a look!



One HUGE hint: DONT put this stuff in the dryer. Let it air dry to avoid any shrinkage and prolong the life of the fabric.



Because it is a natural fiber rather than a synthetic fiber they tend to break down faster than artificially created fibers. Thus it's best to air dry to get the most life out of your garment. Hope this helps!



If you have any further questions don't hesitate to chat or call in and speak with one of our Gearheads.

Great Top

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I really like the SmartWool fit. It's plenty long so I don't get snow up my back or have to worry about it ridding up if I am carrying a pack.