Smartwool Merino 250 Crew - Women's
SmartwoolMerino 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

Fit & Features

Check out the fit and features of the Smartwool Women's Merino 250 Base Layer Crew. #gofarfeelgood

Smartwool Merino 250 Womens

    waist is tight and legs stretch out

    Warm but with some minor flaws

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

    Based on all the rave reviews, I was prepared for this to be THE baselayer in my wardrobe and I was even preparing to get more (at this good sale price). It's ok but not great, I think. It's very well made (and unlike some wool baselayers, has nice cuffs and hem) and definitely warm. I got a nice green heather. But - it's kind of itchy, super static-y, and stretches out during one wear. Other wool baselayers (Duckworth, Ibex) that I have don't do or are not these things. The fit is true-to-size but becomes kind of frumpy with the stretch out issue. The sleeves are (thankfully!) long enough, as is the torso, but it's kind of too womanly-shaped for my athletic build - broader in the bust and hips and very narrow in the waist. Still, it's functional and I am sure it will last.

    Versatile and Comfortable

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

    Super comfy fit, I originally bought this for layering in cold weather for running, but since it is so comfy I also wear it when I just go for a walk.
    You just air dry it and use it again...and again...
    I have 2 shirts, but will buy more whenever they are on sale. Bought a size M and it fits comfortably, I didn’t want it to be too snug.

    Very Happy

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

    This shirt is comfortable, well fitted, and runs true to size. I will use it as a thermal layer and can already tell it will preform great. Its not too thick or two thin.

    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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