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Verified Buyer Reviewed by Saltwaterbaby from South on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
We are new to wool base layers (and socks), and we are lovin' them BIGTIME. We purchased these Icebreaker and Smartwool midweight bottoms for our trip to Iceland and the UK in winter time as we were outside and walking a lot. They are WONDERFUL. Wool is perfect for keeping us warm when warmth is needed while outside in the cold, and when we would go inside where the heat was on, wool allows our bodies to adjust so that we aren't roasting ourselves; it adjusts and functions accordingly, unlike cotton thermals and certainly not synthetic ones, both of which can get stinky in the blink of your nostrils....eeeewwww. Wool also dries very quickly if exposed to precipitation OR perspiration, another feature that is lost on cotton and synthetics. Honestly, thermals by Mother Nature cannot be improved upon! Merino wool is NOT itchy (maybe a teeny tiny bit at first, but I have very sensitive, very fair skin...I literally sunburn in full shade thanks to my Viking/Celtic goddess heritage....and after wearing them for a few minutes I was great) and these Icebreakers are well made, true to size and have washed well; be SURE to use a detergent for wools (all of our wool garments get this love) to prolong the life of these jewels; we line dry them for that reason too. And as usual, STP has them at a super price. HURRAH!