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Llano 170g Merino Short Sleeve

The short sleeve version of the First Lite layering system, the Llano Short Sleeve is your next-to-skin layer for warm weather. Made from 100% pure Merino Wool, the Llano keeps you comfortable in both hot and cold temperatures. Merino is naturally antibacterial--it can't hold on to those stinky little bacterial cells that cause you to stink, so you're good to go for multiple days in the field when you can't exactly grab a hot shower. Merino is also UV absorbent which means it absorbs light instead of reflecting it, keeping you dull instead of shining in the field. The Llano Short Sleeve is truly the benchmark of next-to-skin base layers, in a short sleeve configuration.



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    Layering Position

  • This is a next-to-skin layer, the first layer you put on in the First Lite System
  • Features

  • True to Size: Purchase your normal size to wear under other layers
  • 17.5 micron, superfine, pure 100% merino wool
  • Pure Merino Wool is naturally antibacterial, meaning there is no treatment necessary to retain its odor resistant quality even when used for several days in a row
  • Unlike other fabrics, Merino keeps you comfortable from extremely high temperatures down to the coldest digits as well
  • Merino Wool is also naturally UV absorbent to eliminate shine and fire resistant
  • Lightweight, jersey-knit fabric
  • Flat lock seams for next-to-skin comfort
  • Ergo cuff with thumb loops
  • Stays warm whether dry or wet
  • Covered by First Lite's Warranty

    • Sizes

      Available in men's sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL, XXL


      Machine Wash Cold and Hang Dry

Additional Information

Layering Position Next to Skin
Material 100% Merino Wool
Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Waterfowl, Upland, Fishing,
Region Midwest, Northeast, Pacific northwest, Southwest, Intermountain/Rockies, BC/Alaska,
Temperature 45F - 60F, 60F - 80F, Above - 80F


All Around Awesome!Review by Jacob Williams
This base layer tee is great for whatever you're doing. From pouring sweat on hot days to the base of your layering system, this shirt is always with me. I've worn this shirt for six days straight an never did it stink. It helped keep me warm below freezing, and dried fairly fast after I'd drenched it in sweat. The first thing I noticed when it arrived at my house was it's comfort. This shirt is an absolute pleasure to wear. When the temp gets up to 80 plus I might opt for something like the Minaret Aerowool just because I naturally run a bit warm, but I'm positive you'd be fine either way. Great product all around, Love it! (Posted on 5/6/2017)
Great merino base layer.Review by Allan
The Llano is a fantastic product. It is high quality Merino that so far has been very durable. The medium fits great above the waste (5'9'' 175). My only complaint with the Llano short sleeve, and the Llano long sleeve is that they are a bit too short. I have tried this product to wear under nomex while fighting wildland fire and it does not tuck in well. I also use it for working out, and this is totally a personal preference but I like a longer shirt to wipe sweat off with. As a part of the layering kit it is impossible to beat. As a stand alone shirt I wish it was a few inches longer. (Posted on 4/27/2017)
Best undershirt Review by J Hindman
I love these shirts. I wear one almost every day, in temperatures from 0-80 degrees. I'm an LEO and love how this shirt preforms under my bullet proof vest. Wearing them daily I have had zero durability issues. I can get about two years out of a shirt. I highly recommend. (Posted on 4/12/2017)
Best base layer Ive ever usedReview by Daniel
I use this as a base layer during my hunts or just on its own during the summer for fishing or hiking. The quality of materials is second to none and its performance is awesome. I can wear it for a few days and it still smells like day one. I am 6' 172 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly. Thank you First Lite for the amazing products, they are my go to for any outdoors activity. (Posted on 4/4/2017)
All around solid base layer t-shirtReview by Jason
I have used this shirt on archery elk, fall pronghorn, and 50K ultra marathons from the coastal rain forest to high desert Wyoming. Keeps me cool, warm, dry and stink free for days. During a recent 50K trail run in the pouring rain, kept me warm, and my skin protected from rub rash. I highly recommend this shirt for its versatility. (Posted on 11/28/2016)
Essential Review by Ara
I wore one of these shirts for a 7 day deer hunt and never took it off. When I got home I was greated by my wife but as soon as I took my shirt off she screamed "what is that smell!!" I guess it locked in the odd perfectly until I removed it. Now I own one in every color. I highly recommend this shirt to everyone I know.
(Posted on 11/1/2016)
Perfect for wildland/prescribed fireReview by Justin
As part of my job I work on a prescribed fire crew and in addition to our issued Nomex our base layers are required to be natural fibers. For years I just wore cotton shirts and would sweat through them quickly and then freeze on early spring/late fall burns. Enter the Llano SS. Since wool is a naturally fire resistant fiber I was good to go to try it out. What a game changer! This shirt breathes really well when the activity kicks up and maintains some warmth when you slow down. The fit is really great as a base layer, as I'm 6' 160 lbs and a medium fits me perfect. This would be a perfect shirt for early dove season or early desert hunts where the temps tend to be pretty high. Two thumbs up for this awesome little piece! (Posted on 9/3/2016)
I miss my old shirtReview by Joe
Used to be able to get this in XXXL but apparently no more. I miss this shirt and wish I could still get it. (Posted on 8/11/2016)
Great for all conditions!Review by TSolso
I use this as a base layer while hunting and while backpacking. This product keeps me cool when it's hot and warm when it cold. Not sure how it works but it's f#$%ing awesome! A must need for what ever outdoor activity you plan on doing! (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Must have peice of kitReview by Chandler
I use this shirt for camping and hunting and about anything else. I usually bring two and swap out every day even though I don't think its necessary. Its super soft with a great athletic fit and NEVER stinks! (Posted on 5/31/2016)
Excellent fit, cant beat merinoReview by Tony
Excellent athletic fit. Cool in heat and warm as a base layer. Breathes awesome. Very happy would recommend anytime (Posted on 5/15/2016)
My go to shirtReview by Slaton
No matter where I'm at or what in hunting the short sleeve Llano is going with me. I have hunted in 90+ degree weather on Sapelo island to below freezing in the mountains of north Georgia and the Llano is what I always us as my base layer. I have wore it for more days than I would like to say in a row (My mom would be ashamed) and have never had any odor. Dries fast no matter if sweated through or rained on. Wish I could give it 6 stars!!! (Posted on 5/2/2016)
great TeeReview by lucian
layer it under every thing
no matter what always in my gear (Posted on 4/11/2016)
softest shirt I've ever wornReview by David
Got this for casual use but also to wear under body armor for work. doesn't smell, stays dry, and really soft. (Posted on 4/10/2016)
Can't make it Stink!!Review by Josh
I bought this shirt to do my on trail on its abilities. I have worn it for the past two(2) weeks on the treadmill and cant make it snitch of BO. Not to mention it is by far the most comfortable shirt I have ever worn. Thanks Steve Rinella for turning me on to these products. (Posted on 2/26/2016)
Better Than the Rest!Review by Hambone79
I discovered merino wool about 15 years ago and have been using it as a base layer ever since. My first pair were a REI brand and I used them every winter until this year when they wore out. Merino wool is invaluable to me for working out in the weather on a daily basis year in and year out. Recently, I made a pact with myself to acquire more merino gear in an effort to be more comfortable and enjoy working in the elements a bit more. I have bought Smartwool and other brands, but they don't compare to the quality of these shirts! I use these shirts from everything to lounging around the house to wearing them as a base layer under long sleeve work shirts on milder days. Also, I will take these short sleeve shirts and layer them underneath a long sleeve midweight merino shirt for cooler days. I can't say enough about the versatility of these shirts here. I have 2 and I wear one almost everyday in some fashion. I am hoping the guys here will maybe come up with some lighter gray color in these so I can incorporate these into my dress casual wear to wear underneath lighter color button ups. I encourage any one looking at these to pull the trigger because Firstlite is the best hands down! No one else compares! (Posted on 2/6/2016)
WowReview by Jason
This shirt is so comfortable that I even wear it around town. It's strong and durable, moisture buildup is no issue, and is super quiet. (Posted on 1/16/2016)
Wear this year roundReview by easton
From hot to cold I always wear this T. Its comfortable during mid summer hot and humid archery touraments here in Oklahoma. Also in colder temps when you need a a base layer to strip down to when climbing mountains. (Posted on 10/29/2015)
Comfortable, versitile, and NOT delicate!Review by Paul
This shirt (I have 2) are my go to base layers in all conditions. They are warm enough by themselves for most early morning bow hunts, but cool enough to stay comfortable when it heats up. The best part is they work great for multi-day hunts without the stink that comes with every synthetic I've ever tried (including all the big names).
I also have to vehemently disagree with the previous reviewer about the durability. I wear these on every hunt I go on and rarely wear anything over them. I carry a Stone Glacier or Mystery Ranch pack everywhere I go, and am rarely on a trail. The shirts show no sign of wear, but feel as soft as the day I got them. I eventually plan on getting rid of all my lesser quality shirts to get more of these. (Posted on 4/18/2015)
Best merino shirt I've ownedReview by Jerimiah
I've owned a number of other brands of merino baselayers and this one beats them all. The hand is nice and soft, the material is plenty durable for merino and the ease of care makes this my new favorite shirt. I will definitely buy it again when the time comes. (Posted on 3/20/2015)
Comfort and funtionReview by Shaun
Remarkable comfort in a wide range of temperatures, too delicate to wear solo under my pack (Eberlistock) Holes developed where the straps lay across the shoulders. Bumbed my $70.00 tshirt has wholes in ot after one use. (Posted on 3/9/2015)
Comfortable but to delicateReview by Shaun
Increadibly comfortable, great in a range of weathers....... but developed holes were my back pack straps lay on the sholders (eberlistock). Disapointed that my $70.00 (chinese made) t-shirt couldn't stand the rigors of the one day pack trip. It is comforable for every day use though. (Posted on 3/5/2015)
Best warm weather Shirt I ownReview by Steve
So I am a central California hunter and our season is at the peak of the hottest days of Summer and I've been hunting with this shirt for a few hunts but on my last hunt it was a balmy 104F with a 5 mph wind which frankly felt like a blow dryer. the best part was I was never too hot or uncomfortable in this shirt. I am now a believer in merino wool, so much so I just ordered my cold weather gear for my Oregon elk hunt. Thanks FirstLite (Posted on 8/22/2014)
My all time favoriteReview by Clayton
This is my favorite piece of clothing out of the first lite system. Perfect for sitting around the campfire on those warm summer nights and absolutely the best for the hot summer black tail hunts! (Posted on 7/30/2014)
Great Baselayer or only layerReview by Joe
You really can wear this shirt summer to winter, as a base layer or as your only layer, it does a great job in all situations. Worth every penny. (Posted on 6/19/2014)
My Favorite Short SleeveReview by Aaron
This shirt can do it all! I recently wore it dove hunting in the Imperial Valley in 100+ degree temps, it kept me cooler than any other cotton or synthetic shirt. Adding the fact that it will not stink no matter what and it is a no brainer. (Posted on 6/18/2014)
My favorite shirt!Review by Kentucky Whitetail Farms
I have several of these shirts and wear them whenever I get a chance. From working in the fields on an August day in the South to a cold January hunt in the Mid West this shirt does a great job! (Posted on 6/18/2014)
Best Hot Weather ShirtReview by TheHornyToad
I wear this on the fire crew all summer and they're the best shirt for hot weather. I can wear it for weeks on the line and there's no stink. (Posted on 6/18/2014)

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Being a 5th generation Idahoan, I have some built in affinity and high regard for the good folks at First Lite but their clothing, quality textiles, and thoughtful designs are the real reason I love them. As a sportsman who has climbed mountains, guided rivers, and skied the backcountry as much as he's hunted and fly fished, I've long been frustrated by the lack of technical gear designed for hunting and fishing. For bow hunters in particular it's been hard to use the quality outdoor technical gear and clothing because they didn't make it camo patterns or design them for the rigors of hunting. I LOVE that First Lite hasn't married themselves to a specific camo pattern instead offering a selection for each hunter to choose from. While there is at least one other company investing in developing natural fibers like Merino wool for hunting clothing.

First Lite may be the most genius in offering so many different colors and patterns. I have major sensitivities to wool and can only wear very soft wools next to skin and while the wonderful qualities of wool have been apparent to me since I was a young child in the outdoors with my family, I have rarely found any next to skin layers that I can stand to wear. Well that's all changed now with First Lite. While I'm still at the beginning stages of saving to build my First Lite system, I can say I'm impressed with the Llano quarter zip and the Chugach Workshirt. They are perfect! I hope to get some pants, the t-shirt, and the Chama quarter zip before my next hunt.

As an outdoor professional that makes a living working outside doing wildlife and habitat conservation work with hunters and anglers, I also love what First Lite stands for and their commitment to standing up for those special places like Bristol Bay that call us into the outdoors and drive our spirit for hunting and fishing. Keep up the great work folks! You are making a difference for the critters and wild country that haunt our dreams and developing the best clothing and gear that will get us there and keep us out in the elements long before the other guys show up and long after they hang it up for the day.First Lite really is a company dedicated to the hunting athletes who know that what we do is engrained in our character and heritage as a core part of our being and not just some weekend warrior sport. Thanks for working to outfit those of us driven by big mountains and clean cool waters...it's these special backcountry public lands that compel us to get our boots dirty and our souls clean in the pursuit of that trophy of a life time and the fish and game that sustain our families by putting food on the table.

John from Idaho

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