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Seven Days in a SmartWool Sweater
I've just spent the last week in a SmartWool TML Light Sport Zip sweater. I've been in this sweater for not quite 24 hours a day, but I have been in it rather a lot, in fact, I'm wearing it as I type this review. I put in on when I headed to the airport a week ago, wore it for most of a long haul flight, wore it over dress clothes for a fancy-ish dinner at a spa hotel, wore it in my mother-in-law's garden with shorts, in fact, I've worn it everywhere I needed a warm, not too sloppy outer layer.
At the risk of sounding like I've been paid to say so, I'll tell you the truth. I loves me some SmartWool. I love this sweater.
I'm not a recent convert to the joys of SmartWool -- several years back I wrote gear reviews for a snowshoeing magazine, and I couldn't get enough of SmartWool then. I traded all my base layers for merino wool. Not a cheap move, but worth it as my SmartWool gear has outlasted all my synthetics, and, lasted a crazy long time through years of tough wear. Plus, anyone who's spent any time in synthetics knows about the smell, it's weird. Natural fibers just don't get that odd smell from the combination of human heat and artificial materials.
This particular sweater goes up on the SmartWool site in August. It comes in teal, claret, and black and will retail for $170. Yes, there will be a similar model for guys. It's expensive, but you'll have it for a very long time, trust me on this. I've got the gear in my kit to prove it.
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