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.
Below is a list of all the EDZ products I have, with a brief initial review of each item. During my long-distance walks in 2020 I will review everything thoroughly and write separate reviews for each. Clicking on the heading for each item will take you to the EDZ website, and clicking on the link within the review will take you to the product as listed on Amazon. I earn a small commission from the Amazon link, which helps to keep this site running and would be much appreciated. There is no additional cost to you.
EDZ 200gsm 100% merino wool briefs – black – size M – 69g (2.4oz). EDZ website price £19.99
This was my first EDZ purchase and I love these pants. I’ve tested them extensively over the last year (they were my only pants for 1,200 miles!) 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 use as everyday wear too. I like them a lot. Read my full review of the EDZ Briefs 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 to tight nor too loose. Long term I’m expecting them to be as good as the EDZ Briefs which I like a lot. I’ve worn them for a few days walking in Cumbria over Christmas and they were perfect. Very comfortable with no over heating or rubbing issues. I think they are good value for merino wool and are great for hiking but could easily be use as everyday wear too.
EDZ 100% waterproof socks with merino lining – calf length – size UK 7-8 – 160g (5.6oz). EDZ website price £39.98.
These were on sale at the time of writing at £35.Standard length waterproof socks are available at £27.49.
The socks fit as sized and are reasonably comfortable, considering they have a waterproof membrane in. 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. 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.
They 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 but had to add waterproof socks over them in freezing temperatures when I was wearing a non waterproof highly breathable trainers, to keep my feet warm. If the temperatures had been much higher, I would have been better wearing a thinner sock in these boots or a more breathable, non-waterproof lined boot/trainer.
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 when they’re wet and cold. 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.
They are called a thermal liner sock, which suggests they should be worn under thicker warmer socks. But these 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’ll also make good bed socks to keeping my feet warm in my sleeping bag and odour free on long wild camping trips. Fibre content – 92% merino wool, 7% nylon, 1% elastane.
The EDZ superfine 200g merino base layer leggings are 100% wool for natural climate control and warmth. They have flat seams, a high back rise on the waist to keep lower back covered and include a fly opening.
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 and zip neck fit me very slightly looser than the Icebreaker Everyday 175 and 200 tops. It’s a good baselayer or could be used as a mid layer with a thin T-shirt underneath. The arm length is perfect, even when using the thumb loops. I think the EDZ crew neck top is good value for merino wool, is a great hiking and everyday base layer.
EDZ merino base layer long sleeve zip neck is 100% wool for natural climate control and warmth. Suitable for hot and cold conditions, warmer than synthetics with awesome anti-odour properties. Slim fit with flat seams, dropped back and thumb slits in the cuffs. Machine washable, durable, fast drying and wicks moisture. 200g weight.
The crew and zip neck fit me very slightly looser than the Icebreaker Everyday 175 and 200 tops. The neck is a good snug fit when fully zipped up and the arm length is perfect, even when using the thumb loops. It’s a good baselayer or could be used as a mid layer with a thin T-shirt underneath. I think this EDZ merino wool zip neck top is good value for merino wool and is great for hiking but could easily be used everyday too.
EDZ new style mid-layer. A thin performance 165 gsm micro-fleece with good thermal properties for efficient layering in cooler conditions, without adding bulk. Full length zip opening so I can regulate my temperature while walking without having to remove my pack,. Dropped back and flat seams. Durable, easy to wash and quick drying. I think the EDZ full zip Microfleece jacket feels really soft, fits well and is sized correctly, allowing for layers under it without being baggy. Some people might like a chest pocket and zips on the pockets to secure items. Which are missing on this fleece but that would compromise the weight and comfort slightly. Its the nicest micro fleece I’ve worn and great for hiking or everyday wear.
EDZ Yeti Fleece jacket combines functionality with style. It’s warmer than a conventional 300 fleece, despite being less bulky, and lighter with 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.
You’ll need to wear a windproof jacket over the fleece to get the best out of it, but then it will probably be too warm unless you’re out extremely cold weather. Possible negatives: there’s no chest pocket or zips on the hand warmer pockets. Positives: High collar, comfortable, very warm and good looking. Fibre content – 100% polyester, machine washable. I think the EDZ Yeti fleece jacket is very cosy and I’ve taken to wearing it everyday. It worked well hiking in cold windy weather wild camping in Cumbria recently and felt good in the pub too.
EDZ windproof innershell jacket. Black with grey zip – Pertex Quantum Nylon – size M – 95g (3.3oz). EDZ website price £59.99
EDZ Innershell windproof jacket is very light weight (90g), ultra-thin (0.06mm) and can be worn as a windproof liner or as a windproof jacket. The fit is generous enough so it goes nicely over a 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 but, I think one with a full zip would suit me better, because when I’m walking over varied terrain, I overheat and sweat quite quickly. I like a hood on a windproof jacket too, but I do like the simplicity of this 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. The EDZ windproof innershell jacket is not a waterproof but could have its place in a day hikers gear list.
EDZ windproof innershell leggings. Black – Pertex Nylon – size M – 64g (2.3oz). EDZ website price £44.99
EDZ Innershell leggings are ultra-lightweight and ultra-thin (0.06mm) and can be worn as a windproof liner or outer trousers. They pack down to the size of a tangerine. The size and weight of this windshell is perfect for just stuffing in your pocket when you’re not expecting rain and you’re not sure if you need an extra layer. They fit in your pocket and will make all the difference if the weather changes unexpectedly. Highly breathable and shower proof material – Pertex Nylon. I am very impressed with the EDZ windproof innershell leggings, they have a place in my gear list. You can read my full review here.
EDZ merino wool liner gloves. red – size M/L – 37g (1.3oz). EDZ website price £9.99. Available in various colours.
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 merino wool liner grip gloves (touch screen). black – size M/L – 41g (1.5oz). EDZ website price £12.49
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 anyway windproof, so you’ll need an outer glove in most conditions. I’ve found they grip OK and work well enough with touch screen devises. 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 neck tube. Merino – blue – 51g (1.8oz). EDZ website price £19.99. Available in various colours.
EDZ 200g merino multi-tube It’s 50 cm long, 100% merino wool and can be worn as a neck warmer, hat, bandanna, skull cap, balaclava, headband etc. It’s lovely and soft and fits me perfectly around my neck, better than some more expensive makes. I’ve three other makes off neck tube and the EDZ 200g merino multi-tube is my favourite.
EDZ merino wool Beanie hat. Black – 44g (1.5oz). EDZ website price £16.99
EDZ 100% merino wool beanie hat, thin enough to fit under a hood or helmet. It’s made of double thickness 200g merino wool. This beanie fits me perfectly with a nice amount of stretch and is surprisingly warm. Just big enough to cover my ears. It’s a great light weight hat that doesn’t take up much room in my pocket when it’s not needed. Possibly not suitable for full-on winter conditions on it’s own but perfect worn under a jacket hood. The EDZ merino wool Beanie hat is my go to hat since I purchased it. It’s already on my gear list for the Scottish National Trail and the Skye Trail this year. Love it.
EDZ merino wool Balaclava. Olive green – 44g (1.5oz). EDZ website price £19.99. This colour was on sale at the time of writing at £14.99. Various colours available.
EDZ merino wool balaclava. Flat seams and thin enough to fit under a hood or helmet. 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.
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 clothes
Most of the above items will be going with me on my Scottish National Trail walk in April 2020, to be tested and reviewed fully. Whilst planning my 2020 walks (The Scottish National Trail, Skye Trail and Pennine Way) I contacted EDZ to see if they would let me have a few items to test and review. I was extremely impressed with the fast and positive response to my email and within days they completed my set of clothes needed for these trips. This is a relatively unknown company in hiking circles and I’m looking forward to fully testing and reviewing their products during 2020.
While walking these routes, I will carry all my gear and wild camp most nights. This means merino wool clothing is essential, 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 don’t need to carry as many clothes or wash them as often.
A perfect example of this was the two weeks of rain I had during March 2019 on my 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.
All the products reviewed were purchased by myself or donated to me by EDZlayering.com with no obligation or financial incentive to promote EDZ. This is an honest independent review and just my opinion of the products. All information (including prices) on this blog is correct at the time of writing, to the best of my knowledge, but no one is perfect, so please check yourself before purchase. I do my best to not make mistakes but cannot be held responsible for incorrect information. If you do find any mistakes, please let me know so I can correct them for future readers. Many thanks.