I’ve worn quite a few merino wool baselayers during the last few months, and really am converted. The feel of the material is soft, and you simply forget that you’re wearing a baselayer at all, other than the obvious benefits of having a great warmth layer next to your skin. For me, baselayers will always mean merino wool in the future. I do like the feel, but also love the stretchiness. For my tests on the Sprayway Nesus top I went for a day’s rock climbing in the Ogwen valley. Throughout the day I tried all sorts of odd and awkward moves, from high reaches to arm locks, and never gave my baselayer a single thought. You might think that doesn’t sound good, but actually it’s a sure sign that the baselayer is doing a great job. At no point did I feel that it was constricting my movements, and I kept warm throughout the day, despite the fresh snow down to 700m on Glyder Fawr.
After a full day on the hill I arrived home late, facing another long day out the next day. Dilemma. Go with a different baselayer on day two, or pop on the same Sprayway Nesus and hope nobody noticed a nasty niff on day two? Well, as we’re all starting to realise, that is the great thing about merino wool. Because the wool has much better wicking ability than any synthetic material, you do not get smelly in the same way as you always used to.
As I said at the start of this post, I’ve worn a few merino wool baselayers this year, but I have to say that I like the Sprayway Nesus better than most. It really is a very comfortable top to wear, and is sure to become a winner among hillwalkers and mountaineers.