Playing outside during winter often incorporates a layering act. Each layer of clothing has an important role. And Ibex’s Woolies Tech Long-Sleeve Crew performs well as a base layer. The material is mostly merino wool, which helps wick sweat off the skin. But where this top shines is its fitted and stretchy fit. The material doesn’t restrict movement and while fitted, it doesn't feel tight. Under four layers, the Woolies Tech long sleeve crew complemented my range of motion.
The neckline sat flat above my collarbone, keeping my sternum comfortably covered when I unzipped the quarter-zip of my mid-layer. I’m particular about shirts’ necklines—if it’s too high and snug on my neck or just hitting my neck weirdly, I feel like Chris Farley when he inflates the airline life vest around his neck in Tommy Boy. “I can’t breath!” But this crewneck cut at the right spot and didn't bunch under layers.
And Ibex made the thumbholes optional. They're stitched closed, but one can easily pierce the thumbs through—which I'll always opt for, but I appreciated that I got to make the decision.
Available online; $115.