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Blister | Holiday Gift Guide 2023 – Under The Tree

Iksplor Grown Up Long Sleeve Merino Wool Top

Noah Eckhouse: I’ve been quite content with my synthetic baselayers all these years, so I’m a bit of a merino-wool newbie, but I’m quickly becoming a big fan. What has surprised me is that I very rarely feel too hot in it, regardless of my exertion level. And while it doesn’t feel overly warm when I put it on, I rarely seem to get very cold. I’ve also been very pleased with how it handles perspiration, which can pour off me like a waterfall at times. I’m really looking forward to using it throughout ski season, both downhill and uphill.

Iksplor is a Jackson-Hole-based company run by two sisters who are building high-quality wool layers for the whole family. I was pleased with the fit of the unisex XL crewneck long-sleeve top on my “definitely not unisex” frame. It was snug on my torso where I wanted it, but had longer sleeves and more of a cycling cut in the back, meaning that it stays tucked in. It washes well and I haven’t seen any pilling or loss of shape overall. And best of all, it doesn’t stink! 

Noah Eckhouse reviews the Iksplor Grown Up Long Sleeve Marino Wool Top for BLISTER.
It’s been a great piece for hiking, biking, and it layers up nicely in colder temps. Standard machine wash & (low-temp) dry make it easy to get back on my shelf. It will definitely be coming to CB with me this winter. The thumbholes are also nice for keeping my wrists warm on cold ski days.