The Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt is an excellent garment for those who want to stay warm and comfortable. It’s made from the finest merino wool, has a water-resistant finish, and is odor resistant.

The Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt, ah, the Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt. This is what we like to call the tank of t-shirts—which may seem absurd initially, but stay with us—we’ll explain.

When you first look at the shirt, you’ll note that it’s a bit thicker than most of your other t-shirts, but you’ll also realize how soft it is. The Mackenzie 17.5, 195gsm Merino Jersey Wool is very comfortable to wear and feels terrific right away.

This shirt has a sleek and contemporary fit. Only nylon exercise shirts—those strange, neon-colored shirts with big logos that you could never wear outside of a gym—were available when we searched for sturdy, breathable, and comfy t-shirts. This t-shirt contains many of the same characteristics as the last one but appears like a regular shirt. No one can tell the difference if you wear this to dinner with your partner’s parents.

Oh, and don’t forget about the thickness. It’s a little thick, which was a worry of ours. It breathes better than most cotton t-shirts, however, since it’s made of this fantastic Merino wool. Merino wool is like nature’s ideal fabric, an excellent option for travel apparel. It’s antibacterial, doesn’t retain odors, dries fast, and keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Please don’t ask us how we did it. It’s enchanted.

The navy hue is seen above, but Outlier’s website has many additional options. While this shirt is airy and relaxed, we’ve found that the dark navy may become hot if you’re out in the sun for extended amounts of time. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you should choose a lighter color.

The most significant part about this shirt is that it seldom has to be washed. Seriously, if you leave it out in the open for a long, it almost cleans itself. Of course, you’ll have to wash it eventually but do so with caution. We suggest washing it by hand or on a cold, gentle cycle in the washing machine. On fragile wool, Kookaburra Wash works wonderfully; avoid fabric softeners at all costs.

You shouldn’t use a dryer on this shirt, or any of your wool items for that matter. The wool will begin to pill and the cloth will shrink. Unless you want to dress in a sloppy, oversized shirt. Then throw it in the dryer without hesitation. It’s also preferable to hang this item to dry instead of laying it flat, but we like to take chances and hang it from a clothes hanger anyhow.

This garment isn’t inexpensive by any means. At the time of writing, each shirt costs $98—or $275 for three. This seems to be costly, but when broken down, it isn’t that bad:

    • You won’t need to bring many shirts since you can wear them many times before cleaning them.
    • Either bring one pricey outlier t-shirt or five $20 tee shirts that you’ll have to wash more often and take up a lot more room in your baggage or backpack.
    • Due to its excellent resilience, this item will last longer than other shirts, giving you a fair cost per wear.

Let’s look at some numbers. Assume you wear a t-shirt approximately five times weekly and rotate 2 of them. That works out to 2.5 years each week. In March of 2016, we began testing these shirts. So, at 78 weeks, that’s 2.5 wears per week, and yes, carry the one over – 78 weeks times 2.5 wears per week equals 195 total wears. So when you split 98 dollars by 195 years, you get approximately 50 cents for each wear. That’s not terrible!

And this clothing isn’t treated any differently. It’s gone to many places, in various temperatures, on camping excursions, and has seen a lot of sweat. Yet, despite this, it may be worn for up to ten days without being washed.

Outlier is a fantastic company, and we enjoy most of their things, so it’s no surprise that this ended up being one of the goodtable merino wool t-shirts on the market.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ultrafine merino?

Ultrafine merino is a type of wool that has been combed so finely that it feels like silk.

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