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Wilkin Half Zip Aerowool Top

We married our top-shelf Merino Wool for odor mitigation with the incredible moisture wicking properties of our outerwear technology, 37.5 by Cocona to create Aerowool. Anytime a premium is placed on moisture evacuation, i.e. active hunting or hot climates, Aerowool is your new go-to base layer. The Wilkin is the 1/2 zip top layer of the system, providing fantastic moisture wicking and a long zipper to help you stay cool and stink-free in the most demanding environments.

Material:
First Lite Aerowool

Sizes:
Available in men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

$115.00
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Material:
First Lite Aerowool

Sizes:
Available in men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Additional Information

Layering Position Next to Skin
Material First Lite Aerowool
Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Waterfowl, Upland, Fishing,
Region Midwest, Northeast, Pacific northwest, BC/Alaska, Southwest, Intermountain/Rockies,
Temperature Below - 20F, 20F - 45F, 45F - 60F, 60F - 80F, 80F+,

Reviews

Excelled in Texas summerReview by Jeff
5
I'm a big fan of merino wool, and have used other companies in the past. After reading about the quality of Aerowool I decided to give it a shot, and it worked just as advertised. Living in Texas, I've found that a good base layer is crucial to surviving the heat and protecting yourself from the sun. I shot my bow for a couple hours in 100* heat and the Wilkin wicked sweat perfect and kept me cool & dry. Love the longer half-zip and the shirt dries out quicker than the other 100% merino shirts I have. Highly recommend. (Posted on 8/10/2017)
Aerofool without AreowoolReview by Joe with Livin' Large Outdoors
5
I was looking for a effective early season shirt that kept me cool and also provided some sort of scent control and this shirt did not disappoint. I waited a full year to review this so that I could write a proficient review that encompassed all seasons. During the early season this performed exceptionally as the primary layer during the warm months when temperatures can be in the 80s and 90s as it wicks away moisture and breathes very well. During the cold months it acts as a proficient base layer that is comfortable and works well with any of the jackets or Springer vest. I highly recommend this shirt and would not be caught during the early season without it! (Posted on 8/3/2017)
Aero Wool BelieverReview by Ryan
5
I wear this in the summer in Florida and it is very comfortable out on the water fishing. Does not stick to you like cotton or spandex based shirts. I see this being a tremendous base layer for the purgatory we call Florida archery season. (Posted on 8/3/2017)
Great to have in the arsenal Review by Trevman
5
I wore this alone on a recent scouting trip and it preformed great. Wicks away moisture just like it says it does. At the start of the day it was about 40 degrees and it was just enough to keep me warm through the beginning of the hike. It got to about 80 degrees and not once did I feel like I was too warm. Perfect piece for your early scouting. (Posted on 8/3/2017)
Aerowool is amazing!Review by WILLIAM
5
This shirt is perfect for any warm weather. Even when your in the high 80s low 90s this shirt allows your body to breathe. The aerowool is unmatched in this category as you trying other brands heat gear in hopes that it will be as good a aerowool but its not. I highly recommend this shirt! Its extremely comfortable and quiet. (Posted on 7/30/2017)
BestReview by Daniel
5
I hunt in 80-110* weather often and this shirt meets up to the heat. it keeps you cool and aired out.

I'm sold a few of my hunting buddies on first lite gear and this shirt (Posted on 7/27/2017)
Couldn't be better for hot weatherReview by Matt
5
Wore this scouting in 90+ degree heat in Southern California with 70% humidity, kept me dry as well as cool. I should have bit the bullet and went with First lite in the first place. (Posted on 7/27/2017)
outstanding base layer Review by Jack
5
When I see "wool" i always used to think it's just for staying warm.. I was really surprised with how it helped to keep my cool as well. Used it on a spring bear hunt last week where temps were close to 90 and won't use anything else going forward. (Posted on 6/8/2017)
Perfect base layerReview by Linc
5
The fit and feel is amazing, the 3/4 zip is perfect for heat release - I'm sold on aerowool! (Posted on 6/7/2017)
Great base layer Review by Dallas
5
I just wore this on a 4 day bear hunt, it was perfect paired with a vest for the colder mornings and then just the shirt for mid day glassing. It will keep you covered up from the sun and bugs, but still let you breath especially with the zip down front.

The only thing I would like is a taller neck. I have found that my bino harness rubs a little without a layer of material there. A taller neck would also be nice for when you need to zip it up and stay a little warmer.

I'm happy with my purchase (Posted on 5/24/2017)
Might Be My Favorite!Review by Jacob Williams
5
This might be my favorite item from First Lite. I probably wear this thing way too often. I always wear it as a second layer, but it works great as a base. From lounging at the house to the rugged mountains, this top is on me or in my pack. As a second layer it's perfect for those not quite hot and not quite cold days. When it's cold outside and I know I'm gonna be packing/rucking I like to wear the Llano and the Wilkins top. It keeps you warm and also keeps the chill away when you're sweating a storm. Amazingly comfortable, dries extremely fast, half zip is a great air-it-out feature, and it's worth every pennie. You won't regret buying this top!!! (Posted on 5/6/2017)
Perfect BaselayerReview by Erik
5
Wore the Wilkin during all day/night winter training sessions for an upcoming race, in conditions from sub-zero to mid-50's. Managed moisture well, keeping my skin dry, and me comfortable. Outer layers would come off and on depending on the conditions, but the Wilkin stayed on. (Posted on 4/9/2017)
Great early season layerReview by Ty
5
Took my aerowool half zip out to hike SW Colorado, product worked great in multiple different temps, had no issues with odor either! Loved it! (Posted on 3/29/2017)
Great for....everything. Seriously.Review by Bluto
5
I nabbed one of these in a solid color as soon as they were released to pair with my Llano QZ so I'd have something to alternate over the course of a backcountry hunt. Washed a couple of times before the trip, and then not again until returning home. Regulates temp every bit as well as my Llano (and since it's solid instead of ASAT, my wife will be seen with me in it when not in the woods) and may be even a little more durable. Tough to say at this point.

What I can say is that it staves off the stink as well as the Llano, too. 8 days, worn every other day in high temps, low temps and rain - nothing. To the point that I couldn't wait to put it back on so I didn't have to smell myself.

It performs well enough that it's also my go-to when it's hot out and I need sunshade in the middle of summer. Not a common recommendation for "wool" - I think that says it all. The QZ is key, in my opinion, to get true year-round use but as long as you have the extra venting, I don't know why you would need anything else. (Posted on 3/20/2017)
Love this Aerowool materialReview by Dominic
5
I own 2 tops from First Lite in this material now and I cant wait to get more. It is light, dry, warm for early/mid season, or whenever as an extra awesome layer. It was never damp with sweat which I assume is due to it properly wicking moisture away to the surface to evaporate as advertised. It never smelt and it has a great range of movement throughout the arms and shoulders. I definitely want more of these!!
First Lite, it would be awesome to have a heavier weight item with this material to wear during later seasons. (Posted on 3/19/2017)
Early season hunting in California can be hot hot...Review by Novack
5
During the warm days of July chasing prey with my bow this top worked perfectly! (Posted on 3/19/2017)
Great for Trail Running as wellReview by Scott
5
I just came back from a 10K trail race in North GA. The temp was 38-42f. Perfect shirt for the conditions. Nice to have the ability to unzip and zip while going up and down long hills. I Didn't even have to wear gloves because of the shooters cut and thumb holes. The shirt was also remarkably dry at the end of the race. (Posted on 12/3/2016)
Perfect for Archery Elk HuntingReview by RyanM
5
On an archery elk hunt in southwest New Mexico this year, the Wilkin Half Zip Aerowool top was outstanding. With cool mornings but temperatures reaching to the 80s in the afternoons, this shirt remained comfortable and very practical. Its breathability and moisture management were surprisingly effective. This will certainly remain a core piece of my archery and early season arsenal. (Posted on 11/15/2016)
Great All-Weather layerReview by Matt
5
All of the Aero-wool items perform great! After wearing the system for 23 consecutive days in the field, I'm a true believer. Awesome early season piece especially when the temps are about 75-80 degrees. I have also enjoyed this system as a late season layer. The weather patterns this year in COLO have been crazy 25-30 early mornings and late afternoon, as high as 72 degrees. the Aerowool gave me the best breathability and performance. Would highly recommend. (Posted on 11/14/2016)
Great early season shirt, making it my base layer for the colder months! Review by Rob
5
The Wilkin is by far the best early season shirt I have hunted in. I wore it for a week in temps. from 78 down to 38 and it was comfortable throughout.

Dries in a flash.

After a week, no odor! I have worn other merino shirts that smelled after a couple days.

I am going to use the Wilkin as a base layer moving into the colder months. (Posted on 10/24/2016)
New go to base lauerReview by Cody
5
Missouri weather is consisteny inconsistent, especially when archery season opens on September 15. Temps can dip into the 40s at night and jump into the 80s. That was the case two weeks ago during my first sit of the year. Walking to the stand it was 42 and walking back it was 68. My aerowool performed exceptionally. I was comfortable the whole time, even in those chilly moments just before sunrise. I used exclusively wear BPs enduraskin as my next to skin/base layer until it was consistently cooler. It never felt just right, but I liked how light it was... Well I'm trading it all for aerowool . I'm confident that I will be able to depend on it even when temps are consistently cooler. It's like First Lite designed it just for me!
(Posted on 10/18/2016)
BestReview by Jed
5
This has to be the best heat mitigation layer for sure. Cools down body temp quickly and with the zip this really helps out when your going hard on a hunt. When it starts to get a tad cold just zip it up and the wool will keep you warm (Posted on 10/5/2016)
Excellent Layer for very active hunts.Review by JerryO
5
Though I would sat not quite as comfy while still hunting or chillin' in my bag as compared to my Llano, The Wilkin QZ is more comfortable when I get done hauling-A down a canyon and get to the bottom only to realize the wind is bad and I have to make another half mile loop around a herd, because when I slow down to move in on that herd this layer is already dry. I don't have any hard numbers but I would say it dries nearly twice as fast as compared to the LLano, which is my favorite layer in the line.

Aside from hunting, lately my morning mountain bike rides start in the mid 40's and end in the 60's. I have found that this is the perfect blend of warmth and breathability for high exertion in those temp ranges. (Posted on 9/27/2016)
The Ultimate ShirtReview by Jimmy
5
I own them all from Kuiu, to Sitka, and now First Lite; constantly in search of the perfect merino shirt. I have found it with the Wilkin Half Zip in the aerowool line. I do the majority of my hunting in California, often in 90-100 degree weather. Having the option to zip my shirt halfway down has been something close to a God send. It is because of this shirt that I have stayed comfortable, don't smell like the end of a gut, and have a great upside-down triangle sunburn on my chest. This is a must have for any warm weather hunters. (Posted on 9/15/2016)
a must for early seasonReview by Mitchell
5
Great for scouting and those early season hunts and sits. (Posted on 9/8/2016)
Awesome productReview by Duckmeat
5
I've used Merino wool for years for alpine climbing. Its ability to wick away moisture when you're hiking in and also offer a great layer of insulation for when the temps go down are remarkable. When First Lite started offering this technology in hunting clothing there was no doubt it was going to be part of my kit. I've used all of their other tops and had to jump on the Aerowool when it was released. I had my first opportunity to use it during a recent early season Kentucky bow hunt. I pack in far on public land and the aero wool worked flawlessly for keeping my temps down when hiking and also offering that needed insulation for when I got on stand in the low 50s.

I just started using Fusion came and was interested to see how it blended in for early season. The pattern seems to do a great job with blending in with hardwoods and also helping with keeping you from getting sky lined.

I'm excited to put my new kit to work this fall in Ohio! Great products and great customer service.

Duckmeat (Posted on 9/8/2016)
Survived a 95 degree elk scout trip Review by Kevin F.
5
Unless I finally draw an antelope tag, I likely won't be out scouting in any hotter weather than last weekend. The aerowool was as advertised; comfortable, full coverage, and pretty darn cool. Up and down drainages in the high heat, I could tell the difference between this and what I typically wear out in the field. The quarter zip allows airflow when needed, but it was also handy at sunrise when it was 40 degrees cooler. Seems to work great both as a hot weather shirt and a baselayer for September bulls. (Posted on 8/15/2016)
Nice peice but not a base layerReview by worldsworsthunter
5
I see the benefits to the aerowool - it certainly feels more durable, and breathes very well, but I find the pure wool version more comfortable. Also, I would say that my main complaint about FL shirts is really emphasized by the "rougher" feeling aerowool, and that is the stitching. I'd like to see them reverse the stitching. Turn your shirt inside out and see how much more comfortable it is. For base layers, I'm going to stick with the pure wool, but I'm sure I will find plenty of use for the aerowool as well. (Posted on 8/8/2016)
Great warm weather base layer Review by Michael
5
Wore this shirt scouting in the hot weather , worked great and it is nice because you don't stink and it is the best material for wicking moisture away from your skin (Posted on 8/5/2016)
Perfect Early Season ShirtReview by Stiles
5
As a Southeastern whitetail bow hunter this piece is perfect for the early season. Temperatures can stay in the upper 80's and even 90's throughout September in SC. This is going to be my go to outer layer for early season where staying cool is just as important as staying concealed and quiet at close range. The large zipper allows for even more air while walking to or hanging your stand. Love the shooters cut and the Fusion pattern rocks! (Posted on 7/27/2016)

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