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October 26, 2015 Comments (1) Featured, Gear Reviews

Wool Review

With the impending cold weather, we at TAUR became a little giddy with the opportunity to test some exciting wool products. So giddy we handed over our wooly costumes and donned some of the below apparel. Over the course of the past month we tested some of the cornerstone brands in the wool market, as well as pieces these companies wanted to share with the TAUR community. Enjoy and feel free to give us your feedback on the products also.

All products were tested thoroughly over a 4 to 5 week period and giving ratings in several key categories. All ratings were ranked 1-5 with 5 being the best possible score. Below is a brief review of each product. We invite you to read each of the detailed reviews by linking through the logo or hyperlink below each section.


Black Diamond Deployment Pocket TeeBlack Diamond

The Black Diamond Deployment Pocket Tee offers a dynamic shirt that can easily transition from the streets to the trails quickly.

Tester Rating – 4.0

Matt – “This is more of a casual shirt, but it did perform well as a base layer in cold weather. Wicked extremely well and kept me dry.”


SmartWool PhDSmartwool-logo

SmartWool has dialed in its running apparel line with its Ultra Light fabric. This SmartWool PhD line has a variety of options for wool enthusiasts.

Tester Rating – 4.2

Scott – “It worked very well when the temperatures were cold, and also when it was warm.”


Patagonia Merino Air HoodyPatagonia.svg

The Merino Air Hoody combines Patagonia Merino Wool with a recycled polyester Capilene to harness the powers of wicking, durability and performance.

Tester Rating – 4.0


ibex Hooded IndieIBEX_LOGO_HORIZONTAL_cs4

The ibex Hooded Indie was a tester favorite. Not only was the Merino wool soft and comfortable, it was strong and very durable.

Tester Rating – 4.2



One Response to Wool Review

  1. Lynette McDougal says:

    Huge fan of Ice Breaker and IO Merino.

    I’ve used my Ice Breaker arm sleeves in a variety of weather conditions and IO Merino has some incredible sales on some awesome gear.

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