Ok you may be familiar with my thread calling out for suggestions here (viewtopic.php?f=14&t=88100
). I got a lot of great suggestions and based on those suggestions I purchased these three things:http://www.amazon.com/Tru-Spec-Level-EC ... VK0YV3U0FGhttp://www.amazon.com/Minus33-Merino-Wo ... VK0YV3U0FGhttp://www.amazon.com/Minus33-Merino-Wo ... VK0YV3U0FG
Starting out with the Tru-Spec undershirt:
I have a Tru-Spec blouse that I adore and seems to be of exceptional quality. Unfortunately, this undershirt didn't quite match the quality I expected. The stitching was a little haphazard on the cuffs, but overall the rest of the stitching was pretty good. The material seems to be of a great quality. After wearing and washing it 5-7 times over the winter it is definitely holding up well. After the first wash some of the threads came out of the cuffs so it looks a lot cleaner than it did at first and seems to be holding well, but I don't know enough about stitching to know if it compromised the integrity of the hem (does the term hem apply to sleeves?). I don't particularly like how its cut, because in my size it is loose around the cuffs and can be semi-annoying. I kinda wish they had tapered sleeves and not straight, but that's what they make.
Overall: Not bad, but not great. Worth it for the price to me, but if I find another silk weight from another brand for a comparable price (or even 10-20 dollars more) I would definitely try it out over this one. I would recommend buying it if you are more fit than I am. I may have just gotten the one jenky stitched one from the factory.
Now for both the minus 33 merino wool base layer:
I absolutely love these. Quality is amazing. Seriously. The tags are leather and honestly I wonder why all tags aren't made out of leather; it really is more comfortable. They are surprisingly soft for wool and are quite possibly the softest clothes I own. One problem (or perhaps benefit) is they are extremely warm. Whenever I was wearing these I would wear both the pants and the undershirt, a t-shirt, pants, and a hoodie and I was almost uncomfortably warm in near zero temperatures walking through snow (-17 in Celsius). I didn't really have a chance to test them out over extended exposure, but they worked more than sufficiently for walking to class and the like.
Overall: I want to buy more of these for next winter. They held up well, had amazing quality and worked phenomenally.
Sorry for taking so long to review. I wanted to make sure that the cold weather was behind me enough that I wouldn't have any more testing opportunities until next winter. I will probably buy more of the Tru-Spec stuff when I drop some weight and get down to a point where the sleeves won't be such an issue. I will definitely buy more minus 33 degree stuff next fall. Thanks for the read.