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Best Merino Wool Shirts (For Men And Women)

Merino wool shirts are always a good purchase, and frequent travellers know why. They don’t absorb moisture, they don’t retain odors and they are incredibly soft and comfortable to wear. A single merino wool shirt can easily replace three cotton ones, and free up a lot of space in your luggage.


At A Glance: Our Top 4 Picks for Best Merino Wool Shirts


But how do you know which shirts are the real deal, and which are just average? Well, I already did the research; all you have to do is read on, and you will see what the absolute best merino wool shirts for men and women are!

OUR TOP PICKS

Merino.tech 100% Organic Merino Wool T-Shirt
  • Merino compression socks included in the purchase
  • Made from Ultrafine merino wool
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Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt
  • Good color variety
  • Nylon and merino mixture is very durable
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MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer
  • Lightweight and very soft
  • Good size variety
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Woolly Clothing Men’s Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Tagless interior
  • Unique colors
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LAPASA Men’s 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top
  • Great as an undershirt
  • Ribbed cuffs lock in heat
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MERIWOOL Women’s Base Layer
  • Great as a bottom layer
  • Ribbed cuffs
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Woolly Clothing Co. Women’s Merino Wool T-Shirt
  • Very comfortable
  • Lightweight
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Woolx Remi – Women’s Long Sleeve Tee
  • Great color and size variety
  • Very comfortable to wear
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WoolX Addie Merino Wool Tee
  • Pure merino wool
  • Great color and size variety
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Smartwool Women’s Base Layer Top
  • Great color variety
  • Pure merino wool
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Best Merino Wool Shirts For Men

​1. Merino.tech 100% Organic Merino Wool T-Shirt

Merino.tech 100% NZ Organic Merino Wool Lightweight Men's T-Shirt + Merino Wool Hiking Socks Bundle | Short Sleeve Crew Tee | Moisture Wicking | No Odor | UPF 25 (Medium, Grey)
Merino.tech 100% NZ Organic Merino Wool Lightweight Men's T-Shirt + Merino Wool Hiking Socks Bundle | Short Sleeve Crew Tee | Moisture Wicking | No Odor | UPF 25 (Medium, Grey)

Let’s kick things off strong, with an awesome, 100% merino wool t-shirt that does not contain any synthetic materials. The thing I love about this shirt is the color variety. You will soon see that most merino wool t-shirts are available in really boring colors. This is actually a rare t-shirt that comes in colors other than black, blue and grey – if you like fun and colorful tops, there’s no need to look any further.

And this is also one of the few t-shirts that is made from merino fibers with 17.5 microns, meaning that it is super soft, smooth and comfortable. Fibers with 17.5 microns are actually defined as Ultrafine merino, which is the finest merino wool in the world.

Merino.tech 100% NZ Organic Merino Wool Lightweight Men's T-Shirt + Merino Wool Hiking Socks Bundle | Short Sleeve Crew Tee | Moisture Wicking | No Odor | UPF 25 (Medium, Red)
Merino.tech 100% NZ Organic Merino Wool Lightweight Men's T-Shirt + Merino Wool Hiking Socks Bundle | Short Sleeve Crew Tee | Moisture Wicking | No Odor | UPF 25 (Medium, Sky Blue)

This is a standard fit shirt, but it is a little on the slimmer side. If you want it to fit loosely, I recommend you go a size up. If you can, that is, since this t-shirt is only available in sizes ranging from S to XL.

You also get a pair of merino compression socks for free when you buy this shirt, which is actually pretty cool. I did an entire post on compression socks for travellers a while back – the bottom line is they are excellent for frequent flyers because they keep your feet from swelling like giant sausages.

Pros

  • Merino compression socks included in the purchase

  • Good color variety 

  • Made from Ultrafine merino wool

Cons

  • Size variety is not great

​Product Information

  • Microns: ​17.5

  • Fit: Standard

  • Sizes: S-XL

 

2. Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt

Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt - Merino 150 Wool Baselayer Performance Top Tibetan RED Small
Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt - Merino 150 Wool Baselayer Performance Top Tibetan RED Small

If you want a comfortable fitting t-shirt, the Smartwool one is a good option for you. It is available in a good variety of colors, with seven very different options. The size variety is also okay; this t-shirt comes in sizes ranging from S to XXL. Unfortunately, there’s no information about the exact number of microns in the fibers, so I can’t tell you exactly how soft and smooth this t-shirt is going to be.

The shirt does run a little small – if you want it to fit really comfortably, you should go a size up.

It’s a good t-shirt, but it is very pricey for a top that’s not even made from pure merino wool. With 13% nylon content, this is actually one of the few t-shirts that is made from a mixture of merino and synthetic materials. Which is not what you would expect with such a high price point.

 

Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt - Merino 150 Wool Baselayer Pattern Performance Top Chive Small
Smartwool Men’s Short Sleeve Shirt - Merino 150 Wool Baselayer Pattern Performance Top Bright Cobalt Small

There are some good things about the nylon though – for one thing, the durability of the shirt is increased. Merino is a biodegradable material, and it is not known for exceptional durability. The addition of nylon fibers helps increase the durability of the t-shirt, meaning you will be able to wear it for a longer time.

But if you’re not keen of spending upwards of $70 on a t-shirt that’s not even pure merino, I completely understand that. And at least you get a lot of other options, which actually are 100% wool!

Pros

  • Good color variety 

  • Nylon and merino mixture is very durable 

  • Lightweight and breathable

Cons

  • Very pricey 

  • Not pure merino

​Product Information

  • Microns: ​No information

  • Fit: Comfortable (loose)

  • Sizes: S-XXL

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3. MERIWOOL Men’s Base Layer

MERIWOOL Mens Base Layer - 100% Merino Wool Midweight Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt
MERIWOOL Mens Base Layer - 100% Merino Wool Midweight Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt

Obviously I has to include some long-sleeve options, since it’s winter time and everyone’s looking to stay warm at the moment. And I love the Meriwool t-shirt – it is available in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, so there are plenty of options for everyone. This shirt is made from 100% merino wool, and it features a classic crew neck.

This shirt also comes in seven different colors – six solids and one striped print that I don’t like that much. I’m of the opinion that horizontal stripes look good only on supermodels, and I avoid wearing them. But if you actually like the print, you’ll be glad to know that you can a striped merino wool shirt.

MERIWOOL Mens Base Layer - 100% Merino Wool Midweight Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt
MERIWOOL Mens Base Layer - 100% Merino Wool Midweight Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt

This shirt features 18.5-micron fibers, which are very soft and comfortable to wear. It is not itchy at all, and it is super lightweight. This makes the shirt an excellent under-layer, something you can wear beneath a hoodie or a sweater, and not feel like you are wearing multiple layers of clothing.

This is a slim-fitting shirt, so it does fit quite tight on your body. You can go for a size up if you want it to be looser, but then you’ll just have to deal with long sleeves and a loose neckline. If you’re not looking for a slim-fitting shirt, you will see plenty of other options in the rest of this review.

Pros

  • Lightweight and very soft

  • Good size variety 

  • Made from 100% merino wool

Cons

  • Little color variety

​Product Information

  • Microns: 1​8.5

  • Fit: Slim-fitting

  • Sizes: XS-XXL

4. Woolly Clothing Men’s Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt

Woolly Clothing Men's Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt - Ultralight - Wicking Breathable Anti-Odor S TRM
Woolly Clothing Men's Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt - Ultralight - Wicking Breathable Anti-Odor S MRN

Looking for a long-sleeve shirt that you don’t have to layer under hoodies and sweaters? This one is a great option! The Woolly Clothing shirt is made from 17.5-micron merino wool, which is very smooth and soft. It feels super comfortable against your skin, meaning that you can wear this shirt without anything underneath and you won’t feel itchy at all.

This merino wool shirt is available in only four colors, so there’s not really a lot of variety. The size variety is also not the best, since you can get the shirt in only four sizes, ranging from S to XL. But you can get it in the size that you normally wear, since this shirt generally fits true to size. It is standard fitting, so it should not be tight at all – this shirt is actually on the loose side.

Woolly Clothing Men's Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt - Ultralight - Wicking Breathable Anti-Odor S CHR Charcoal
Woolly Clothing Men's Merino Wool V-Neck Long Sleeve Shirt - Ultralight - Wicking Breathable Anti-Odor S BLK

I like this shirt because it is kind of unique – I didn’t manage to find a lot of v-necks, and definitely none that were better than this one. And, even though the color of variety could be significantly improved, the existing colors of this shirt are actually pretty interesting and not something I’ve seen anywhere else.

I also love that the interior of the shirt is tagless. If you have sensitive skin, I’m willing to bet you’re like me and the first thing you do with new shirts is cut off the tags. And honestly, the fact that this shirt does not have any internal tags is reason enough to buy it, at least for me.

Pros

  • Tagless interior

  • Unique colors

  • True to size

Cons

  • Little color variety 

  • Size variety is not great

​Product Information

  • Microns: 17.5

  • Fit: Standard (on the loose side)

  • Sizes: S-XL

​5. LAPASA Men’s 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top

LAPASA Men's 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top Crew Neck Base Layer Long Sleeve Undershirt M29 (S Chest 35'-37' Sleeve 22', Navy)
LAPASA Men's 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top Crew Neck Base Layer Long Sleeve Undershirt M29 (S Chest 35'-37' Sleeve 22', Dark Heather Grey)

If you’re specifically looking for a shirt to wear under sweaters and hoodies, this is the best one you can get. It’s a long-sleeve undershirt, which you can wear under anything you want and feel very comfortable. It goes under hoodies, shirts and sweaters, and it helps regulate your body temperature while keeping you dry and fresh.

Obviously, this is a very tight crew neck shirt. It is supposed to fit really tight on your body because it’s meant to be worn as an undershirt and not an actual t-shirt. You can get in a variety of different sizes, ranging from S to XXL. But since it is so tight, I recommend going a size up from what you normally wear, especially if your idea of a six-pack includes a bottle opener.

LAPASA Men's 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top Crew Neck Base Layer Long Sleeve Undershirt M29 (S Chest 35'-37' Sleeve 22', Navy)
LAPASA Men's 100% Merino Wool Thermal Underwear Top Crew Neck Base Layer Long Sleeve Undershirt M29 (S Chest 35'-37' Sleeve 22', Navy)

The top is made from pure 18.5-micron merino wool. It is incredibly soft and light, making it the perfect base layer of any outfit. And it has ribbed cuffs, which will lock in your body heat and ensure that you always stay warm.

One thing I don’t like a lot about this top is its thickness. It is an undershirt, so it makes sense that this is a really thin top. But, merino wool tops do deteriorate over time, and a really thin top will last you much shorter than a proper t-shirt.

Pros

  • Great as an undershirt

  • Ribbed cuffs lock in heat

  • Soft and comfortable

Cons

  • Very thin and tight

  • Not good as a stand-alone shirt

​Product Information

  • Microns: 1​8.5

  • Fit: Ultra slim

  • Sizes: S-XXL

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