MSRP: $120 | SMARTWOOL.COM
Smartwool introduced the first ski-specific, Merino wool sock to the market when it was founded in 1994. More than 25 years later, the brand has established a die-hard following and operates at the forefront of Merino-based design and innovation. With every passing winter, Smartwool’s product developers have been able to better apply Merino wool, a naturally antimicrobial, odor-preventing, moisture-wicking and breathable fiber that’s sustainably harvested from sheep. And, more recently, Smartwool has ventured out from Merino-specific designs, opting to use fine-tuned blends of Merino and synthetic fibers, as well as activity-specific knitting patterns. Simply put, the Colorado-based brand is consistently evolving its lineup of products to better suit skiers and their various needs.
This year, Smartwool’s Intraknit Merino 200 Pattern Crew gets an update from the brand’s designers. The midweight, 200-gram crewneck was created for highly active athletes and is sewn with the brand’s proprietary Merino Sport yarn that combines 53-percent natural Merino fibers with 45-percent polyester and a touch of stretchy elastane. This means that the baselayer dries-quicker, lasts longer and is more adaptable to cold (and warm) temperatures thanks to its blended fabric. Moreover, Smartwool has included gender-specific mesh ventilation seamlessly knitted into the top’s construction; it’s hard to spot, but there are two patches of extra-breathable mesh on each elbow, across the shoulders, under the arms and down the middle of the back. Articulated elbows and three-dimensionally mapped stitching further enhance the feel of this piece, which is designed to comfortably and seamlessly integrate with your preexisting layering system.
It’s easy to discount baselayers as an afterthought when purchasing new ski apparel, but you should keep these second-skin garments top of mind heading into the winter. With a comfortable, breathable baselayer setup, you’ll be able to better regulate your temperature on the hill and maximize your time enjoying your high-alpine pursuits without having to constantly adjust vents or shed layers throughout the day. Jam-packed with innovative technology and built with over two decades of expertise, Smartwool’s Intraknit Merino 200 baselayer is an ideal weight for all-season endeavors at altitude.