This is a review of 17 different items of EDZ clothing, to see how suitable it is for hiking and wild-camping in the UK.
EDZ is an independent specialist clothing brand based in Cumbria, and they’ve been making performance outdoor clothing since 1995.
My first experience of EDZ clothing was a pair of their merino wool briefs that I used on my Land’s End to John O’Groats and 3 Peaks walk. I was so impressed with them that I purchased another pair and various other items when I returned from the walk. I’m reviewing 17 items in all. Many are standard on my Winter Gear List.
Below is a list of all the EDZ clothing I have, with a brief initial review of each item. During my long-distance walks in 2021, I will review everything thoroughly and write separate reviews for each.
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EDZ clothing 200gsm 100% merino wool briefs – black – size M – 69g (2.4oz). EDZ website price £17.99 on 1st February 2021.
This was my first EDZ purchase and I love these pants. I’ve tested them extensively over the last few years (they were my only pants for 1,200 miles! on my Lejog walk) They fit to size and are nicely supportive but not overly tight. They’re made of superfine 100% merino wool (200gsm) with flat seams. They are absorbent, they wick moisture and most usefully they dry fast. I think they are good value for merino wool and are great for hiking, but could easily be used as everyday wear too. They are suitable for both summer and winter. Check Amazon price here and available in 3 packs here.
EDZ clothing merino wool boxers. 200gsm 100% merino wool boxers – indigo blue – size M – 90g (3.2oz). EDZ website price £22.99 on 1st February 2021. Available in various colours. Packs of 3, Check Amazon price here.
EDZ merino wool boxers with fly. Superfine 100% merino wool (200gsm), absorbent, wicks moisture and dry fast. They fit to size and are very comfortable, neither compression tight nor too loose. Long term, I’m expecting them to be as good as the EDZ briefs (above) which I like a lot.
I wore the boxers for a few days walking in Cumbria over Christmas and they were perfect. Very comfortable with no over heating or rubbing issues. Like the briefs, I think they are good value for merino wool and are great for hiking. They could easily be used as everyday wear too. Check Amazon price here.
EDZ clothing 100% waterproof socks with merino lining – calf length – size UK 7-8 – 160g (5.6oz). EDZ website price £29.99 on 1st February 2021.
These were on sale at the time of writing. Standard length waterproof socks are available at £24.99 on 1st February 2021.
The socks fit as sized and are reasonably comfortable, considering they have a waterproof membrane. They feel much like the Sealskinz waterproof all-weather socks, and I tend to wear a thin liner sock in them to make them more comfortable.
I often wear waterproof socks in breathable footwear, instead of waterproof footwear. These calf-length socks are worn with non-waterproof, highly breathable trainers or walking shoes. This way I can wade deeper rivers without removing my footwear and when it’s drier underfoot, I swap to standard socks again. I find waterproof socks too warm to wear all the time, unless it’s winter. Then I often wear them just to keep my feet warm, not just when it’s wet underfoot. Check Amazon price here.
These socks are reasonably thick, so best suited to cooler temperatures outside mid-summer. I’ve found them very comfortable walking in temperatures of about -5C to 15C in waterproof walking boots. I had to add waterproof socks over them in freezing temperatures to keep my feet warm when I was wearing non-waterproof highly breathable trainers. They are wearing well and a good sock for hiking in cooler temperatures.
On long-distance walks over several days, socks can become extremely smelly. If you’re unable to wash them every day, I think the merino wool socks are essential. They are also more comfortable than other material when they’re wet and cold.
The socks are made from 34% merino, 34% acrylic, 17% elastane, 15% nylon. I purchased a pack of 4 pairs for £29.99 (at the time of writing), which I think is very good value for merino socks. Check Amazon price here.
These are called a thermal liner sock, which suggests they should be worn under thicker warmer socks. But they are not just thin liner socks; they have extra padding underneath, around the toes and heel. They can therefore be worn on their own as a comfortable warm weather sock. If used as a liner sock, they would be good in extremely cold temperatures and they do fit under the EDZ boot socks. However, this would be fairly bulky and boots would need to have enough volume or sized up to allow for this.
They have a high merino wool content so I’ll be using them on long distance hikes in warmer weather. They also make good bed socks to keep my feet warm in my sleeping bag. The merino also makes them odour free on long wild camping trips.
Fibre content – 92% merino wool, 7% nylon, 1% elastane. Check Amazon price here.
The EDZ base layer leggings are made from 200gsm wool, so they are pretty warm. Being 100% merino, they can be worn for a long time without washing before they smell. This is essential on long distance wild-camping trips.
They have flat seams and a high back rise on the waist to keep your lower back covered. This means they can be comfortably be worn while hiking with a rucksack on, but I tend to wear them to sleep in for extra warmth. This also protects my sleeping bag from sweat so that I don’t need a liner. Check Amazon price here.
Read my full review of the EDZ leggings here.
EDZ 200gsm merino base layer long sleeved crew is made from 100% superfine merino wool, is soft next to the skin and comfortable to wear. The crew neck fits me very slightly looser than the Icebreaker Everyday 175 and 200 tops. It’s a good base layer or could be used as a mid layer with a thin T-shirt underneath.
Read my full review of the EDZ crew neck top here.
EDZ 200gsm merino wool long sleeve, zip neck base layer is 100% merino wool. It is suitable for both hot and cold conditions, warmer than synthetics and has awesome anti-odour properties. This is great on multiday wild-camping trips when I’m unable to wash it regularly.
The slim fit means it’s comfortable to wear as a base layer, but it’s still roomy enough for a thin short sleeve t-shirt underneath. I’ve found this works really well for added warmth and breathability in extremely cold conditions (and also during the shoulder seasons when I’m using the EDZ top as a mid layer). This works extremely well with my Paramo jackets. Reviewed here.
The flat seams and dropped back help with comfort when wearing a pack. I also like the thumb slits in the cuffs for warmth over my hands when it’s chilly; it saves getting my gloves out so often. The arm lengths are perfect for me when using these thumb loops and are still comfortable when they are not needed. The zip neck top fits me very slightly looser than the Icebreaker Everyday 175 and 200 tops. The neck is a good snug fit when fully zipped up.
Read my full review of the EDZ zip neck top here.
EDZ full zip fleece mid-layer, 165gsm micro-fleece is a good layering piece for in cooler conditions, without adding bulk. I like a full length zip opening so I can regulate my temperature while walking without having to remove my pack to remove my top. The dropped back and flat seams make it comfortable for hiking with a pack on.
It’s been pretty durable, easy to wash and the nicest full zip micro fleece I’ve worn. It is great for hiking in or for everyday wear.
Read my full review of the EDZ micro fleece jacket here.
EDZ clothing Yeti fleece jacket. Black – size M – 498g (17.6oz). EDZ website price was £59.99 and is no longer available – but there is still some left on sale at the time of writing at £29.99 on 1st February 2021. Ladies Yeti fleece jacket.
EDZ Yeti fleece jacket is warmer than a conventional 300 fleece, despite being less bulky, and lighter. It has some very practical features including a high collar, thumb slits, cargo pockets and a dropped back. The sizing of the jacket is perfect for me, and the medium is large enough to wear over a base layer and a micro fleece. The hand warmer pockets are comfortable in general use but covered if you’re wearing a rucksack hip belt. They also don’t have zips so you cannot store anything in them safely.
I think the EDZ Yeti fleece jacket is very, very cosy and I’ve taken to wearing it everyday. It worked exceptionally well with a windproof over it while hiking in cold windy weather in Cumbria recently and also felt good in the pub too. Check Amazon price here.
Read my full review of the EDZ Yeti fleece jacket here.
EDZ clothing windproof innershell jacket. Black with grey zip – Pertex Quantum Nylon – size M – 95g (3.3oz). EDZ website price £59.99 on 1st February 2021.
EDZ Innershell windproof jacket is very light weight at 90g. It’s made from an ultra-thin (0.06mm) and can be worn as a windproof liner or as a windproof jacket. The fit is generous enough that it even goes nicely over the bulky Yeti fleece. It’s ultra compact (packing down to the size of a tangerine), highly breathable and shower proof with a fleece-lined collar and offset zip.
For me, this windshell top is very good if you’re on level ground with a consistent body heat. However, I think one with a full zip would suit me better because I tend to overheat and sweat quite quickly. I like a hood on a windproof jacket too, but I do like the simplicity of this jacket as it makes it incredibly light weight and comfortable.
The size and weight of this windshell is perfect for just stuffing in your pocket when you’re not expecting rain or you’re not sure if you will need an extra layer to keep warm. It’ll fit in your pocket and will make all the difference if the weather changes unexpectedly.
EDZ clothing windproof innershell leggings. Black – Pertex Nylon – size M – 64g (2.3oz). EDZ website price £44.99 on 1st February 2021.
EDZ Innershell leggings are ultra-lightweight and ultra-thin (0.06mm) and can be worn as a windproof liner or as over-trousers. They pack down to the size of a tangerine. They fit in your pocket and will make all the difference if the weather changes unexpectedly. They’re made from a highly breathable and shower proof material – Pertex Nylon. They’re reasonably close fitting so they don’t flap too much in the wind.
The material is very thin so these leggings are not going to handle bush waking through rough undergrowth. But I’m very impressed with the EDZ clothing windproof innershell leggings, and they have a regular place in my gear list. The size and weight of these windproof over-trousers is perfect for just stuffing in your pocket when you’re not expecting rain and you’re not sure if you’re going to need an extra warmth layer. Check Amazon price here.
You can read my full review here.
EDZ merino wool liner gloves are thin enough to wear under outer gloves, or can be used on their own. They are a good simple liner glove and being made from merino, will be warmer when wet than a synthetic glove. However they are not windproof, so you’ll need an outer glove in most conditions.
I think the EDZ merino wool liner gloves are OK considering their low price, they are a nice glove. Personally, I would pay the extra £2.50 for the ‘touch screen’ version of this glove for the extra grip when holding equipment and to be able to use touch screen electronics. Fibre content: 97% merino wool, 3% elastane and wash them carefully or they’ll shrink.
EDZ clothing merino wool liner grip gloves (touch screen). black – size M/L – 41g (1.5oz). EDZ website price £12.49 on 1st February 2021.
EDZ merino wool touch screen grip gloves have rubberised dots on the palms and fingers to give extra grip when holding equipment and are thin enough for dexterity. They are a good basic liner glove and being made from merino wool, will be warmer when wet than a synthetic glove. But they are not in windproof, so you’ll need an outer glove in cold and windy conditions.
I’ve found they grip OK and work well enough with touch screen devices. Bearing in mind their low price, I think the EDZ merino wool touch screen grip gloves are a nice useful glove. But wash them carefully or they’ll shrink.
EDZ clothing neck tube. Merino – blue – 51g (1.8oz). EDZ website price £19.99. on 1st February 2021. Available in various colours.
EDZ 200gsm merino multi-tube is 50 cm long and 100% merino wool. It has various uses and can be worn as a neck warmer, hat, bandanna, skull cap, balaclava, headband etc. It’s pretty soft and fits me perfectly around my neck, better than some more expensive makes. I own three other makes of neck tube, and the EDZ merino wool multi-tube is my favourite.
EDZ clothing merino wool Beanie hat. Black – 44g (1.5oz). EDZ website price £16.99 on 1st February 2021.
EDZ 100% merino wool beanie hat is thin enough to fit under a hood or helmet. It’s made of double thickness 200gsm merino wool. The beanie fits me perfectly with a nice amount of stretch and is surprisingly warm. It’s just big enough to cover my ears.
The beanie a great all year round, light weight hat that doesn’t take up much room in my pocket when it’s not needed. I’ve even found it good for full-on winter conditions, great on it’s own and perfect worn under a jacket hood when it gets windy. The EDZ merino wool beanie hat is my go-to hat since I purchased it. Love it.
EDZ merino wool balaclava has comfortable flat seams and is thin enough to fit under a hood or helmet. It fits me nicely, neither tight nor overly baggy and was comfortable to sleep in. I use a balaclava as part of my sleep system, to keep me warm on winter camping trips and to protect my down sleeping bag from sweat.
I like various colours of walking kit because it’s then easier to find what I’m looking for, especially in a tent at night.
Fabric weight 200g. 100% superfine merino wool. Check Amazon price here.
A note on weights and sizes
The weights quoted for each item are from my kitchen scales and all size observations are from me. I’m an average build 5’9″ tall, 32″ waist with a small unwanted beer belly.
Next steps for testing and reviewing the EDZ clothing
Most of the above items of EDZ clothing will be going with me on my next wild-camping trips, to be tested and reviewed fully.
I think merino wool clothing is essential on my long distance wild camping trips, mainly to limit the odour I give off (if not for the sake of the people I meet along the way, but just so I can put up with myself in a small tent). I’ve also found merino wool regulates my body temperature well, so I sweat less. I also don’t need to carry as many clothes or wash them as often as I would have to if I was wearing synthetic clothing.
A perfect example of the benefit of merino wool clothing was the two weeks of rain I had during March 2019 on my 1200 mile LEJOG walk, when it was impossible to dry anything. I had also forgotten to pack a second pair of pants, but found that, because the EDZ briefs were merino wool, I could take them off and wash them in a river and just put them straight back on. They felt chilly for the first few minutes but I was amazed how quickly they warmed up and dried. I was very impressed that they never smelled and survived the whole trip without issue. I then used them again on my 1100 mile Dover to Cape Wrath walk.
Caring for merino wool clothing
Remember to read the labels on merino wool clothing; it needs to be looked after more so than synthetic layers. I wash mine in soap flakes at 30C on easy care in the washing machine or hand washed in rivers while hiking. I also try to keep them out of full sun as they will discolour slightly.
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