There’s something about a good t-shirt that makes you feel good. I know that statement is so vague and cliche, but it’s the truth. And Merino wool t-shirts make you feel good all the time.

The first time I felt that way about a t-shirt, it was with Merino wool (which is why I started this site in the first place). It’s such a fantastic fabric that is breathable, odor-resistant, and comfortable. Still, we’ll get more into that in a bit.

What you’re probably here for is to check out the best available men’s Merino wool t-shirts. We’ll break down each of the 21+ tees that we review into a few categories: editor’s (yours truly) top three, best outdoor Merino wool tees, best travel t-shirts, top Merino wool t-shirts for everyday use, and even the most affordable Merino wool t-shirts that we can vouch for.

We’ll give you the specs, the pros, the cons, and a little bit of what we think about each tee. So, without wasting any more of your precious time, let’s check out the best men’s Merino wool t-shirts of 2021.


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Best Overall Merino Tees: Editor’s Top Three


Each of the 21+ Merino wool t-shirts on this list is unique by itself.

Some are perfect for hiking, while others cater more toward a streetwear aficionado. Still, three Merino tees stick out as the best of the best. They aren’t only comfortable and versatile, but look pretty darn stylish too!


Icebreaker Tech Lite Short Sleeve Crew

87% Merino / 13% Nylon | 150 GSM | Modern Athletic Fit | 17 Available Colors | Price: $$$

Pros
Excellent performance & versatility
Durable corespun Merino/Nylon blend
Soft next-to-skin comfort
Cons
Cut not suited for all body types
User-reported seam irritation

Whether we are in the backcountry or the backyard, the Icebreaker Tech Lite Crew is our favorite Merino wool t-shirt. The interlocking Merino knit, 150 GSM fabric is lightweight and feels super soft on the skin. Also, we love the athletic cut, as it hugs all the right parts of our body. Not to mention that it has excellent performance and versatility.

View Icebreaker Company Profile & Sizing Charts

Unlike pure Merino wool t-shirts, the Tech Lite is 87% Merino spun around a 13% nylon core. Thus, you get all the benefits of wool, but with enhanced durability and longevity. Sure, it may be a little pricey, but as with all of Icebreaker’s clothing, this t-shirt is worth it!


Ridge Merino Men’s Journey T-Shirt

87% Merino / 13% Nylon | 145 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Modern Fit | 3 Available Colors | Price: $

Pros
Unbeatable price-to-quality ratio
Super lightweight & breathable
Comfortable & versatile
Cons
Longer length may be troublesome
Reported manufacturing inconsistencies

If you’re in the market for a high-quality Merino t-shirt but don’t want to break the bank, we’ve found the best option for you. The Ridge Merino Journey tee provides excellent breathability and odor-resistance at an unbelievable price point. Thus, making it into our top three of best Merino wool t-shirts.

View Ridge Merino Company Profile & Sizing Charts

As with the Tech Lite, the Journey Tee is blended with synthetics with (m)Force technology, improving the overall durability of the fabric. The cut is a bit relaxed but not too baggy. The one issue (if you can even call it that) that we’ve seen is that the shirt length is a bit long, which may be cumbersome if you’re on the shorter side.


Woolly Clothing Men’s Ultralight Crew Neck

100% Merino Wool | 150 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Relaxed Fit | 7 Available Colors | Price: $$

Pros
Ultralight pure Merino fabric
Soft on the skin
Great price-to-quality ratio
Cons
Potential durability issues
Wash with extreme care

Breathable, warm, and versatile, the Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck T-Shirt rounds out our editor’s top three best Merino wool t-shirts. The fit is pretty is standard, but the length may be too short if you are super tall. Also, if you’re not a fan of the crew neck, or you want to show off your chest hair, or Woolly offers the same t-shirt in a v-neck style. All of these shirts also come at a user-friendly price!

View Woolly Size Charts & Review

As the shirt is crafted from lush Merino wool, it offers an excellent next-to-skin feel. But, pure Merino does need to be cared for as it can be somewhat delicate. Make sure to follow proper washing instructions to prevent longevity issues.


Best Merino Wool T-Shirts For The Outdoors


Enjoying the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures. The stillness and serenity of nature offer solace in an otherwise tumultuous world. Still, while you’re trekking into the backcountry, you are entirely exposed to the elements. You should be sporting clothing that offers the protection you need while reducing any irritation. In other words, Merino wool is perfect for any outdoor excursion.

Let’s take a look at the three essential buying considerations when searching for a Merino wool t-shirt for the outdoors. This way, you’ll be better able to experience nature’s beauty.

Odor Resistance

Spending an extended stay in the backcountry? You’ll want your tee to stay odor-free. Look for shirts with higher Merino percentages and thinner fabric weights.

Moisture Control

A key component to staying warm in the outdoors is to control next-to-skin moisture. Look for thinner fabric weights for more breathability.

Durability

Twigs, branches, and rocks are prone to tear your shirt. As wool is not as durable as synthetics, look for blended fabrics to improve durability.


Ortovox Merino Rock’n’Wool Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 155 GSM | 19 Microns | Athletic Fit | 4 Colors Available | Price: $$$$

Pros
Excellent outdoor functionality
Cut & drape moves with body
Stylish multi-color design
Cons
Not ideal for super hot conditions
Launder with care

We love the entire Ortovox Rock’n’Wool base layer collection, and this shirt is no different. The 100% Merino wool construction and fit offers great functionality as it moves with your body as you navigate the backcountry. While the 155 GSM, 19 Micron material is not the softest fabric on our list, it still offers plenty of comfort out on the trail.

The one aspect that sets this t-shirt apart from some others is the overall style and cut. When we slip it on, it just hugs all the right places. Plus, we love the color design of the one-sleeve. In the end, it’s the little things that make the Ortovox Rock’n’Wool tee that makes it one of the best Merino tees for the outdoors.


Black Diamond Men’s Rhythm Tech T-Shirt

57% Nylon / 43% Merino | 95 GSM | Relaxed Fit | 3 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Pros
Super ultralight fabric
Fantastic breathability
Great for high-performance activities
Cons
Durability concerns
Runs a bit small

If breathability is your top buying consideration, then the Rhythm Tech T-shirt is probably your best option. According to Black Diamond, this tee is the world’s lightest technical Merino t-shirt, coming in at only 95 GSM. For reference, it’s difficult to find any Merino tee with a fabric thickness of less than 135 GSM.

Using a near 50-50 blend of synthetic and Merino, the specialized NuYarn material dries five times faster than similar tees. Also, it stretches and moves with your body about 1/3 more than other options. The only concern is that the thinner fabric leaves us with apprehensive durability concerns. Still, overall, the Black Diamond Rhythm Tech T-Shirt is an outdoor clothing masterpiece.


Minus33 Algonquin Men’s Lightweight Wool Crew

100% Merino Wool | 170 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Standard Fit | 10+ Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Soft & comfortable on the skin
Superb price-to-quality ratio
Great base layer garment
Cons
Sleeves are a bit long
User-reported longevity issues

100% Merino wool and 100% comfort, the Minus33 Algonquin Crew is one of our favorite wool outdoor tees. The 170 GSM fabric is just the right weight to be used in 3-season conditions, and the 17.5-micron fibers are soft and itch-free. The only actual downside that we’ve seen is that the sleeves are a bit long for our liking, but again, this is a personal preference.

View Minus33 Company Profile & Sizing Charts

Just as with all of Minus33’s products, the Algonquin’s superiority is in the details. There is a tagless label and flatlock seams to reduce itch and irritation. The fit itself is pretty standard and relaxed, so if you want something more athletic, Minus33 suggests trying out their Woolverino T-shirt or just sizing down.


Meriwool Men’s Merino Wool Short Sleeve T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 190 GSM | 16.5 Microns | Regular Fit | 5 Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Fit offers room for movement
Excellent price point
Luxuriously soft
Cons
Fabric a bit thick for summer conditions
User-reported durability issues

Quality meets affordability with the Men’s Meriwool Short Sleeve Tee. This t-shirt is excellent for all outdoor activities, especially in inclement conditions, as the 190 GSM offers an adequate degree of warmth. When you’re done on the trail, its versatility allows for everyday comfort, so you can even wear it on your commute or just around the house.

View Meriwool Company Profile & Sizing Charts

The thing we love most about the Meriwool tee is the supersoft 16.5-micron Merino fibers. It gives the shirt a luxurious feel but without the exorbitant price tag of similar products. Still, as it’s softer and more delicate than other fabrics, you have to be a bit more careful when taking care of it to improve longevity.


Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Tee

56% Merino / 44% Polyester | 150 GSM | Regular Fit | 4 Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Top-notch durability
Inexpensive
Enhanced breathability
Cons
Potential fit & cut issues
Sizing runs a bit large

Smartwool is an excellent Merino wool company. Their Merino Sport tee is a great transition piece for those looking to transfer their outdoor wardrobe to more wool-based products. The fit itself is standard and moves with your body as you are hiking up and down the trails. Also, the incorporation of polyester with the Merino increases the shirt’s overall durability, so you don’t have to worry about tears or holes.

View Smartwool Company Profile & Sizing Charts

Still, there have been user-reported comfort issues, and it appears that the sizing is a bit off. There is also some buzz that the Merino 150 Sport tee has recently been discontinued. However, these t-shirts are still available for purchase on Amazon and the Smartwool website for a relatively low price.


Best Merino Wool T-Shirts For Travel


Ah, the joy of traveling! I’ve learned more from city-hopping across Europe, experiencing local traditions in Africa, and exploring the vastness of Patagonia than I did during my formal education. While it’s clear that traveling has immense benefits, there is no questioning that it can be uncomfortable at times.

So, don’t add to your airport discomfort by skimping out on a poor-quality t-shirt. Go with Merino wool!

Although not all Merino t-shirts are created the same, so let’s go over the top three factors you should be looking for in a Merino wool t-shirt for travel.

Comfort

Multiple flights. Long layovers. Your tee shouldn’t add to the inherent discomfort of traveling. Look for shirts with higher wool content for better comfort.

Versatility

If you live out of a backpack, you probably don’t have much room for extra clothes. Make sure your tee looks good with all your planned outfits.

Odor Resistance

Don’t get stuck doing laundry when you should be embracing a new culture. Merino wool’s odor-proof properties are essential for a fresh travel experience.


Unbound Merino Crew Neck T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 190 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Regular Fit | 7 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Unbound Merino Crew Neck T-Shirt
Pros
Designed specifically for travel
Extreme comfort
Excellent odor-resistance
Cons
User-reported seam irritation
Runs somewhat small

If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ve probably already heard of Unbound Merino. They craft clothing tailored to those that love to live out of a backpack while city-hopping across the globe. Their 100% Merino classic crew neck t-shirt is the perfect travel tee due to its enhanced comfort and odor-resistance.

View Complete Unbound Merino Review & Sizing Charts

We love the relaxed yet supportive cut of this Merino wool t-shirt, although the sizing tends to run a bit small. Some users have also reported seam irritation around the shoulders and the development of ‘bacon neck’ after several uses. While we have not experienced this issue, if you want to avoid it altogether, it may best to purchase their v-neck version instead.


Outlier Ultrafine Merino Cut One T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 195 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Classic Fit | 8 Colors Available | Price: $$$$

Outlier Ultrafine Merino Cut One T-Shirt
Pros
Ultrafine Merino Fibers
Fashionable cut & style
Extremely versatile
Cons
High price point
Fabric a bit thick for tropical travel

Fashionable, functional, and all-around chic, the Outlier Ultrafine Merino Cut One T-Shirt is genuinely a cut above the rest. The 100% Merino construction is ultrasoft (as the name would suggest). The 195 GSM fabric is a bit heavier than most of the other tees. The extra weight gives it a more protective feel, but we don’t suggest wearing it in super hot climates.

As with all of Outlier’s products, this t-shirt is probably the most stylish on our list. The fit is fine-tuned to move with your body but still offers support in all the right places. The biggest downside is that the Cut One t-shirt is uber-expensive, but if you’ve got some extra cash in the bank, you should definitely check it out.


Fjällräven Abisko Wool SS Mens

50% Merino / 50% Recycled Polyester | ~150 GSM| Athletic To Relaxed Fit | 2 Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Great price-to-quality ratio
Durable and versatile
Odor-resistant and quick-drying
Cons
Cut not for everyone
Limited color options

As a fan of European travel, you’d be hard-pressed to visit any Nordic country without spotting Fjällräven travel gear. They have had a long-standing tradition of blending sustainability with fashion, and their Abisko wool men’s t-shirt is no different. The 50/50 blend of Merino wool and recycled polyester extends both fabrics’ benefits while still being environmentally friendly.

The cut itself is form-fitting and relaxed, allowing for air circulation, enhancing the fabric’s thermoregulating properties. Still, the style is not for everyone. The only other downside we see is that there are currently only two color options available. Other than that, we wholeheartedly trust Fjällräven’s craftsmanship and quality with the Abisko Wool tee.


Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee

87% Merino / 13% Nylon | 160 – 190 GSM | 16.5 Microns | Slim Fit | 9 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee
Pros
Comfortable athletic fit
Super-soft Merino wool
Synthetic-reinforced durability
Cons
User-reported longevity issues
Need to launder with care

If you wear a typical t-shirt for three days straight, you’d probably expect it to smell absolutely horrible. But, that’s not the case with the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee from Huckberry. It’s designed to withstand the rigors of travel, hustling through airports, sprinting to the train, and even exploring new cities.

The athletic fit offers a wide range of versatility, and the incorporation of synthetic material improves the shirt’s overall durability. Yet the factor we love the most is the supersoft 16.5-micron fibers that have a fantastic next-to-skin feel. So, if you’re gearing up for your next big vacation, you should probably add the Proof 72-Hour Merino Tee to your packing list.


Olivers Convoy Tee

100% Merino Wool | 165 GSM | 18.5 Micron | Regular Fit | 9 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Olivers Convoy Tee
Pros
Soft and pure Merino fabric
Excellent neck & shoulder cut
Great breathability & durability
Cons
Some shoulder bunching
Length a bit long

100% Merino wool meets 100% performance with the Olivers Convoy Tee. We love the minimal neck and shoulder cut of this t-shirt but are not a massive fan of the exterior seams. However, they do allow for more comfort and reduced irritation. Also, since our tester is on the shorter side, we’ve seen that the length can be a bit long even though the shirt does fit true to size.

Overall though, the Olivers Convoy Tee offers plenty of breathability and functionality while traveling, hitting the gym, or just lounging around in your Airbnb. It’s truly versatile for any situation, which is why it rounds out our best merino tees for traveling.


Best Merino Tees For Everyday Wear


If you’re like me, then you probably wear Merino wool no matter the occasion. It’s perfect for city on the couch and binging the latest Netflix show, running to the grocery store, and even commuting to work!

Yet, many Merino wool tees are crafted for specific purposes like hiking or traveling. Therefore, not all t-shirts will work for all situations.

When researching your favorite Merino tees, you’ll want to keep three factors in mind: comfort, versatility, and durability. Let’s take a quick look at each buying consideration before reviewing the five best Merino wool t-shirts for everyday use.

Comfort

With a hectic daily schedule, you’ll want your Merino tee to keep you comfortable. Look for higher Merino percentages and lower micron thicknesses.

Versatility

You may wear your tee with a sweater, hoody, or just by itself. To improve versatility, understand the t-shirts cut and choose elemental colors.

Durability

You never know how rigorous your day maybe, so you should trust that your tee is up for any adventure. Look for blended fabrics to improve strength.


Woolx Endurance Men’s Merino Wool T-Shirt

85% Merino / 12% Nylon / 3% Spandex | 180 GSM | Athletic Fit | 3 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Woolx Endurance Tee
Pros
Synthetic-enhanced durability
Soft Merino and Flatlock seams
Also great for fitness
Cons
Length long & may feel tight around waist
Limited color options available

If you’re looking for a great tee to rock on the couch or out on the trail, then the Woolx Endurance Men’s Merino Wool T-shirt may be the perfect garment for you. The shirt fabric is approximately 180 GSM, making it heavy enough for protection but still lightweight and breathable. Some users question the athletic cut, but we tend to enjoy a snugger fit.

View Woolx Sizing Charts & Company Profile

All of WoolX’s gear is highly recognized in the industry. The qualities of this Merino tee embody the Endurance name two-fold. You will endure longer without washing the shirt since it doesn’t smell. Plus, the shirt will last longer because it is blended with durable synthetics. As WoolX states, “this shirt was built to endure everything you can throw at it.”


Duckworth Men’s Vapor Tee

38% Merino / 50% Polyester / 12% Bamboo | 150 GSM | Standard Fit | 7 Colors Available | Price: $$

Duckworth Vapor Tee
Pros
Great price-to-quality ratio
Lightweight & breathable
Excellent versatility
Cons
Shorter cut not for everyone
User-reported sizing issues

Performance and functionality meet the Duckworth Men’s Vapor Tee. Crafted from a proprietary blend of Merino wool, polyester, and bamboo, this quality t-shirt is perfect for any wool lover. It’s super lightweight, coming in between 130-150 GSM fabric weight, and will keep you fresh and dry (hence the vapor name), no matter the activity.

The heathered fabric and cut make the Vapor Tee unique, but some taller folks have stated that the length is a bit too short (we didn’t even notice). The one factor that sets the Vapor Tee, and all of Duckworth’s products apart, is that they source their wool only from Montana. That’s right, Merino in America. They create quality apparel in the USA without having to import their raw Merino from overseas. Thus, the cost savings gets passed onto you, the customer.


Icebreaker Anatomica Short Sleeve Crew

83% Merino / 12% Nylon / 5% Elastane | 150 GSM | Slim Fit | 6 Colors Available | Price: $$$

Pros
Corespun enhanced durability
Form-fitting yet flexible cut
Ultralight, breathable fabric
Cons
Sizing runs relatively small
User-reported initial itchiness issues

Icebreaker makes our list again with their Anatomica Short Sleeve Crew. This slim-fit Merino tee will keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and stylish all year round. There are six colors available, mostly in natural earth tones, so it’s a staple in any wardrobe.

The Anatomica fabric is what makes this Icebreaker Merino T-Shirt a great pick. The corespun nylon blend increases overall durability and longevity, and the ultralight 150 GSM fabric is comfy and moves with you. Some users have reported that the sizing is a bit small, so make sure to check the size charts before purchasing.

If you are interested in more about the Icebreaker Anatomica fabric series, check out their size charts on their company profile.


Smartwool Everyday Exploration Henley T-Shirt

50% Merino / 35% Polyester / 15% Hemp | Lightweight | Standard Fit | 2 Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Versatile style
Excellent multi-fabric durability
Lightweight & Breathable
Cons
Limited color options available
Shorter length not for everyone

Are you looking for a little more style in your t-shirt collection? Give the Smartwool Everday Exploration Henley a try. The 1/4 button closure is exceptionally versatile. The regular fits go with almost any outfit (although currently it’s only available in navy). It’s a Merino tee that says, ‘I want to look nice but still feel comfortable.’

View Smartwool Company Profile & Sizing Charts

On top of comfort and versatility, this Merino henley tee is composed of environmentally-friendly fabrics. Both Merino wool and hemp are sustainable clothing materials. The incorporation of polyester into the blend helps improve overall durability. Basically, it’s an excellent piece for your closet and a great selection for the planet.


Helly-Hansen Men’s Graphic Merino Base Layer Tee

87% Merino / 13% Nylon | 150 GSM | Regular Fit | 6 Colors Available | Price: $$

Pros
Great fit & style
Enhanced corespun durability
Breathable, lightweight fabric
Cons
Fit runs tight
Need to launder with care

Breathable, lightweight, durable, comfortable; the Helly Hansen Merino Base Layer Tee has it all. The corespun construction allows for a longer wear life, while the 150 GSM fabric allows for better moisture-wicking and evaporation. Thus, you can stay dry and comfortable for years to come. The fit itself is a bit slim and fit, so if you are looking for a more draped cut, then this tee may not be best for you.

One significant difference compared to other Merino tees on this list is that this shirt has a minimalistic, artistic graphic. It features austere mountains and the Helly-Hansen logo prominently on the front, as they take pride in the shirts they make. Our take is if you’re willing to put your name on the front of a t-shirt, then you stand by the overall quality.


Best Merino Tees Under $50


There is no denying that Merino wool can be on the pricier side of the apparel world, mainly when you’re used to buying a three-pack of tees for only $10. I think Macklemore said it best: “Fifty dollars for a T-shirt, that’s just some ignorant b*tch sh*t.”

But what the Thrift Shop rapper fails to comprehend is that Merino wool is priced higher due to its proven performance and quality.

Still, there are a few Merino wool t-shirts out there that won’t cost you an entire shift. It’s important to sniff out the imposters, though. Let’s take a look at the three most crucial buying considerations when searching for an affordable Merino wool t-shirt.

Price-to-Quality Ratio

Just because a shirt is priced low does not mean it’s made of cheap material. Check each company’s sourcing and view user reviews to make a decision.

Comfort

Fabric comfort tends to decrease with price, so look into the Merino wool fiber thickness (in Microns) to gauge potential comfort levels.

Durability

Lower-priced Merino tees often don’t last as long as the more luxurious ones. Research each brand and buy shirts blended with synthetic materials.


Merino.Tech Lightweight Base Layer T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 165 GSM | 17.5 Microns | Standard Fit | 26 Colors Available | Price: $

Pros
One of the best price-to-quality ratios
Dozens of available color options
Breathable and lightweight
Cons
User-reported durability issues
Fit not for everyone

A quality Merino wool t-shirt does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. The Merino.Tech Lightweight Base Layer T-Shirt is exceptionally affordable but still maintains the luxurious properties of Merino wool. The 17.5-micron fibers and 165 GSM make the fabric soft and lightweight, perfect for city hopping, trail running, or just running errands.

As every infomercial every says: “But wait, that’s not all!” This Merino.Tech tee comes in 26 colors, so that way, you can add a few different shades to your wardrobe. Although some users have reported both sizing issues, always check the sizing charts before purchasing. Also, some people have said that there are durability concerns, but considering that Merino.Tech has a lifetime warranty on their products; we are pretty confident about their confidence in the durability department.


Merino Protect 100% Merino Wool T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | ~150 GSM | Relaxed Fit | Available in Grey | Price: $

Pros
Versatile for everyday, travel, and outdoors
Soft Merino wool fabric
Excellent price point
Cons
Fit a bit ‘boxy’
Limited available color options

Suppose you don’t want to shell out a bunch of money for a high-end wool t-shirt but still want to experience the benefits of Merino. In that case, the Merino Protect t-shirt may be the best option for you. The breathable and odor-resistant fabric is excellent for any occasion, all at a price point that won’t put a dent in your bank account.

The Merino Protect tee has dozens of five-star customer reviews, and we feel like it’s a great t-shirt for those just dipping their toes into the Merino world. The only two issues we’ve seen – if you can call them that – is that the fit is a bit boxy, and the only available color is gray. Other than that, the Merino Protect Short Sleeve tee should be on your list.


Janus 100% Merino Wool Men’s T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | ~160 GSM | Athletic Fit | Available In Blue | Price: $

Pros
Comfortable athletic fit
Outer stitching improves comfort
Designed in Norway
Cons
Outside stitching not the most fashionable
Limited color options available

Norwegian outdoor company Janus has created a unique line of Merino wool gear that they call Summerwool. As the fabric is naturally breathable and odor-resistant, you can wear this tee during any season. This t-shirt will keep you warm as a base layer in the winter but cool in the humid Scandinavian summers.

The Janus 100% Merino wool t-shirt is delightfully different. The outer stitching improves next-to-skin comfort but isn’t exactly the most fashionable as a standalone piece. Still, if you want to reap the benefits of Merino wool during your outdoor adventures – all while saving a little money – then this Janus tee may be your best bet.


Eizniz Merino Wool Crew T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 170 GSM | Standard Fit | 4 Colors Available | Price: $

Pros
Breathable & odor-resistant
Multi-functional & versatile
Comfortable Merino fabric
Cons
Standard fit a bit baggy
Launder with care (durability issues)

Performance meets comfort with this Merino wool crew from Eizniz. The 170 GSM fabric is a bit thicker than some of the other tees on our list, providing a bit more durability. Also, the t-shirt construction offers minimal seam irritation and all-day comfort.

The main downside of this t-shirt is that it can fit a bit baggy. We’d even suggest that you size down for a tighter, more athletic fit. Overall, the high-performance and myriad of positive reviews show that Eizniz should be featured on the best Merino wool t-shirts under $50 list.


Sheep Run Men’s Merino Crew Neck T-Shirt

100% Merino Wool | 160 – 220 GSM | Athletic Fit | 8 Colors Available | Price: $

Pros
Athletic & flexible cut
Great value
Extremely soft fabric
Cons
User-reported durability issues
Sleeves are a bit long
Long shipping times from China

Made from 100% Australian Merino wool, this breathable Merino tee from Sheep Run is great for the gym or just running errands around town. It comes in two fabric thicknesses – 160 GSM and 220 GSM – so you can choose which one best suits your activity level.

Even though this Merino wool t-shirt is on the low-end of the price spectrum, it does not skimp on quality. Sheep Run is a well-established and trusted brand in the outdoor apparel industry. Still, the sleeves are a bit longer than we’d hope for in a t-shirt. Other than that, the Sheep Run Merino tee is a great budget option for those looking to shift their wardrobe to more woolen fabrics.


Why Wear A Merino Wool T-Shirt?

Out of all the t-shirt material out there – cotton, polyester, nylon, and more – you may be wondering why Merino wool tees are so popular. Well, it’s not just because we created an entire website, as Merino wool’s high-performance properties make it one of the top t-shirt materials. Let’s take a look at a few of them.


It’s Incredibly Comfortable

Merino wool is one of the most comfortable performance fabrics on the market. Its super soft next-to-skin feel is due to the fineness of wool fibers within its construction. As traditional wool has a fiber diameter of approximately 40 microns (which is why traditional wool often feels itchy), Merino wool has a fiber diameter of 20 microns or less. Therefore, your Merino tee will feel luxurious and reduce skin irritation.

Merino Has Excellent Moisture Control Properties

Unlike synthetics or cotton, Merino wool has excellent temperature regulation properties that will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It does this by controlling the water vapor next to your skin and regulating atmospheric moisture. On top of that, Merino’s natural crimp provides tiny air pockets for moisture to pass through, which also trap hot air.

It Doesn’t Stink!

Contrary to popular belief, sweat doesn’t stink. What makes you smelly is the bacteria that live on your skin. They digest the proteins in the sweat and emit a foul odor. These bacteria can sometimes find a home on your shirt fabric, making you smell even worse. But not with Merino wool.

The microstructure of Merino wool is not a suitable environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply. Thus, no matter how much you sweat, your shirt will stay odor-free all day!

Wool is Versatile

Many people think that Merino wool is a bit bland in regards to the fashionable aspect of clothing. With a rise in popularity outside the outdoor industry – and into the streetwear industry – Merino wool companies have been creating tee styles that fit multiple situations. Plus, if you don’t want to shell out a bunch of money just to use your t-shirt for one specific activity.

It’s More Durable Than You Think

One perceived issue with Merino wool is that strength and durability fall victim to comfort. But, that not exactly the case. In fact, Merino wool has one of the highest tensile strengths of all fabrics. Still, if you are worried about punctures or tears, search for Merino wool tees blended or spun with synthetic materials with an excellent durability rating.

Merino Wool Is Sustainable & Ethical

Merino sheep live off the land, they get sheared, and their coat grows back. The wool process in itself is entirely sustainable as compared to synthetics, which rely on petroleum. Also, wool is biodegradable, which helps to reduce our planet’s reliance on landfills.

Also, while many people question the ethics behind wool production, it’s actually very humane. There are committees, organizations, and companies that regulate the ethical treatment of sheep. If you have any ethical concerns or questions, you can check out our comprehensive ethics guide here.

For more information about the benefits of Merino wool, you can check out our complete guide to the science behind Merino wool.


Final Note

Well, there you have it; 21+ of the best Merino wool t-shirts on the market (well, 23 to be exact).

If you have a t-shirt or brand in mind that didn’t make this list, that’s not to say that we think less of their products. We just haven’t got to test them out yet!

In the end, no matter which Merino wool t-shirt you choose – or any tee for that matter – always remember to do your research. Get to know the brand, check out other user reviews, and do your own research.

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