Days are getting cooler, and it’s time to start sifting through your base layers to see if you’ve got enough to make it through the winter, as well as any cool-weather adventures you may be considering.

Wool has moved far beyond old itchy sweaters to become one of the preferred elements in cozy and functional base layers, and the Trew Lightweight NuYarn Merino 1/4 Zip shirt is one of my favorite go-to items in my cool-weather arsenal.

Trew’s NuYarn wraps plush merino wool around a superfine nylon core. This superfine fiber is then doubled up to create two strong two-ply yarns to be knitted into fabric.

Straight fibers are the key, giving more bulk, strength, and stretch to a final fabric that has better performance advantages over ring-spun equivalents.

The resulting clothing is stronger, stretchier, quicker drying, and warmer (in a gram-for-gram comparison).

And when merino wool is highly breathable and great at wicking moisture away from your body, plus naturally anti-bacterial and machine washable, you have an ideal travel item to pack in your suitcase without having to worry about special washing instructions or even the need to wash it after each time you wear it.

The Lightweight NuYarn Merino 1/4 Zip shirt uses 145-weight merino throughout, however it’s in the form of an eyelet-mesh merino in the underarm gusset for added breathability.

Flatlock seams let the shirt lie close to the skin and not rub. The 1/4 zip and the close, but not-too-tight fit makes the shirt a comfortable and smart choice when the temperatures turn cooler and you need to keep warm and dry in order to enjoy your outdoor pursuits.

The women’s Trew Lightweight NuYarn Merino 1/4 Zip Shirt comes in black, cyan, and nemo (red-orange), and lists for $109 on the Trew site.

The men’s version comes in black, maroon, and lagoon (same color combination as the women’s cyan, but with more of the darker blue accented with the lighter blue), and lists for the same price on the Trew site.

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