Chris Townsend reviews a warm and reasonably priced merino base layer.
This review was first published in the October 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors.
Years ago, this was the first merino wool top I ever tried. I was instantly converted. I still have that top and it’s been well worn. It’s in good condition though the neck has stretched a little. I find this weight of merino comfortable in all but the hottest weather, so it’s suitable for most of the year. It’s very soft and feels great next to the skin. The latest Oasis is a bit longer at the back than the original (not that I ever had any problems with it), and has underarm gussets to aid ease of movement. Otherwise it’s the same simple crew neck design. The fabric is quite stretchy. The medium fits me fine, though I couldn’t wear it over another layer.
The price of the Oasis is quite reasonable for a pure merino wool top. It moves moisture quickly, dries quite fast, and doesn’t smell after two weeks’ wear, including sleeping in it. If you don’t want a zip neck it’s an excellent base layer.