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This is a review of EDZ merino wool base layers: the long sleeve zip-neck top, the long sleeve crew-neck top and the leggings. All three are 200gsm. I have tested all three items on winter hikes and wild camps.

EDZ is an independent specialist clothing brand based in Cumbria, and they’ve been making outdoor clothing since 1995. I have reviewed other EDZ clothing items here, and two of EDZ’s fleece jackets here.

I’ve found EDZ clothing to be good value for money and it lasts well. The high merino wool content of these three items is a benefit, as they stay warm when they’re wet. They also don’t smell too bad on long distance backpacking trips when I’m unable to wash them very often or I’m likely to be wet to the skin for long periods.

Long sleeve crew-neck top

The medium size weighs 235g (8.3oz) and is available in various colours. Click here for the ladies’ version.

The current EDZ website price (as at March 2020) is £49.99. Check the Amazon price here.

EDZ 200g Merino Base Layer Long Sleeve Crew Mens Grey

EDZ’s long sleeve crew top is made from 100% superfine merino wool. It’s soft next to the skin and comfortable to wear. The crew neck top fits me very slightly looser than the Icebreaker Everyday 175 and 200 tops. It’s a good base layer for colder weather and 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 money for merino wool and it’s a great hiking or everyday base layer in the winter. I normally use this to sleep in while wild camping, mainly to protect my down sleeping bag from sweat and to provide extra warmth.

Long sleeve zip-neck top

The medium size weighs 254g (9oz) and is available in various colours. Click here for the ladies’ version.

The current EDZ website price (as at March 2020) is £59.99. Check the Amazon price here.

EDZ Men's Merino Wool Base Layer Zip Neck Top Denim Blue 200g

EDZ’s long sleeve zip-neck  is 100% merino wool for natural climate control and warmth. It’s suitable for hot and cold conditions, warmer than synthetics, and has 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.

Just like the crew top, 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 and again the arm length is perfect, even when using the thumb loops. It’s a good base layer 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. It is great for hiking but could easily be used everyday too.

Leggings

The medium size weigh 215g (7.6oz) and are available in various colours. Click here for the ladies’ version.

The current EDZ website price (as at March 2020) is £49.99. Check the Amazon price here.

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The EDZ superfine 200g merino base layer leggings are 100% wool. They have flat seams, a high back rise on the waist to keep lower back covered and include a fly opening. The fit is correct for the size and is a nice close fitting, neither overly tight or loose.

They are very comfortable to walk in and sleep in during cold weather but are probably too warm for summer use. I normally use these to sleep in while wild camping, mainly to protect my down sleeping bag from sweat and to provide extra warmth.

Comparison to Icebreaker

In my opinion, EDZ merino wool base layers provide a cost-effective alternative to higher-priced Icebreaker merino wool base layers. The Icebreaker items have less prominent seams and the merino wool is possibly a bit softer, but I honestly can’t tell much of a difference while wearing them. When you factor in the price difference between EDZ and Icebreaker, I would recommend EDZ.


Washing merino wool clothing

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Remember to read the care labels on all merino wool clothing. It needs to be looked after differently to synthetic layers. I wash mine in soap flakes at a 30 degrees c on an easy care cycle in the washing machine. When I’m on a long-distance hike, I hand wash them in rivers. I also try to keep them out of full sun as they will often discolour over time.

Further reading

My 3 days wild camping in Cumbria – testing EDZ clothing

My full EDZ clothing review

Scottish National Trail Gear List

Disclosure: 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.

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