Today we’re taking a look at the Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-shirt. I did a previous review/hands-on back in 2016. But I ended up returning the shirts before really getting to test them fully. So this time is a full review. And I would like to thank Sean at Outlier for sending me out the shirts for the review.
So I decided to get the colour Forest Green and both the XS and S size. Before I’ve always gone with XS but I have found that every now and then the size S does fit in a more flattering manner. So I asked those of you who follow me on instagram and 58% preferred the S version. But then I posted this picture on my Instagram wearing the size S and some people said it looked too big. I can see how the length makes my body look a bit small but the S size fits my shoulders a bit better than the XS. You can see here the XS feels a touch tight in the shoulders but nice through the body. Do let me know in a comment below which size fit you think suits me the best, I’d love to know.
But I guess overall both sizes are fine. It depends on the look you’re going for. So size down for a more slim and athletic fit and size to your regular size for a more regular style fit.
The merino used in these shirts is a 17.5 micron Mackenzie merino jersey that comes from New Zealand. Its a 195gsm weight fabric so its a nice balance that’s not too heavy or too light. I personally find 195gsm comfortable in summer and as a base-layer in winter but some people find it a little heavy for summer. It is extremely soft and breaths very well. I did have a chance to try the Gostwyck 15.5 micron merino as well and its very noticeable how much softer the 15.5 micron is than the 17.5. Most other brands that use merino wool use 18.9 micron merino and its quite notable how much softer the 17.5 is than the 18.9. So depending on how soft you like your merino I would suggest going for Gostwyck for the softest, this Ultrafine Merino for a really nice balance in-between.
The price of the Ultrafine Merino is USD$120 (AUD$178) which for this quality of fabric is a great price. I have tried cheaper and lower quality merino when I first started getting into merino wool and after having tried many brands and qualities I can say that you definitely get what you pay for.
I should mention that its important to take care of your quality merino garments. So I suggest storing it in an airtight bag every time you take it off. The bags Outlier ships some items in work very well, like this bag the Supermarine cotton hat came in. And if you’re going to be washing it the next day, put it in a dry bag and seal it up. This will protect it from bugs and moths that like to eat merino wool. I have had it happen to some of my merino wool gear before so I always store them in airtight bags to protect them. They can be washed in the washing machine or hand washed. I personally use the washing machine at home and hand wash while travelling.
Overall a really very nice and soft and durable merino wool t-shirt that I would suggest checking out if you’re going to be buying a new piece of merino wool gear or even if you’re just getting into it for the first time. Its made in the USA and there’s a great selection of colours and sizes and it will last a long time with proper care.