Men's Wick Quarter Zip
Ultralight 150 Aerowool
Men's Wick Quarter Zip Details
- Next to Skin
- True to size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
- 17.5 micron, ultrafine, Merino wool
- Ultralight 150gsm jersey knit fabric for hot weather
- Mesh vent panels to maximize ventilation
- Exclusive 37.5 Active Particle Technology to exhaust moisture and maintain optimal core body temperature
- Quarter zip neck for strategic ventilation
- Modified raglan sleeve moves seams out from under backpack shoulder straps
- Ergonomic cuff with thumb loops
- Flatlock seams for next-to-skin comfort
- Machine wash, line dry
- Naturally UV absorbent to eliminate shine
How It's Built
- Material: Aerowool
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Material Weight: 150 Ultralight
- Weight: 9oz.
Where to Use
- Pacific Northwest
- Temperature Ranges:
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
I’ve been wearing this next to skin for a years worth of hunting trips now. I just got back from a 6 night 7 day backcounty elk hunt during which I only took this layer off twice when I sweated it out. Threw it over a tree to dry while wearing my kiln hoody (my absolute favorite) and never did it stink! My only grip is the lack of a zipper guard which can leave the zipper rubbing your neck when zipped all the way up. I resolve this by leaving the zipper down half an inch and it isn’t a problem. I also have crazy long arms and this thing fits comfortably, even if using the thumb loops. I recommend anything merino from FL!
I bow hunt in GA. I start when the season starts, early September. In GA, this is more summer than fall. This shirt does a great job of being light weight, breathable, and moisture wicking. I find many fabrics I've tried that advertise as light weight, moisture wicking, don't breathe well. So I end up getting hot anyway. This shirt breathes too In the hot weather I wear it as a single layer. I've just discovered merino wool in the last few years and it may be a secret sauce, event for hot hunts.
The fit is fantastic! The length was great and that’s saying a lot with my large torso. Not too tight but also not too loose. Very good at pulling moisture away and regulating temps. I can’t wait to get more in different colors!
I purchased the Men's Wick Quarter Zip for those early season scouting trips when the weather is still in the 80's, and this piece didn't disappoint. The 37.5 Active Particle Technology to exhaust moisture and maintain optimal core body temperature worked to perfection while checking trail cameras and then heading out to do some squirrel hunting afterwards. Sleeves were a touch long for me, but it wasn't enough to move down a size.
I haven't had a chance to test this in field yet but it's exactly what I wanted for my early season whitetail sits. The quarter zip is nice to let some extra heat escape on the long walks in. It's definitely an athletic fit and is a touch tighter through my midsection but overall a great piece by itself or over a base layer later in the season. Arms may be a touch long but I'd rather have that than too short.
I have yet to put this to the test in the Texas heat for a hunt, but overall it is clearly high quality. It is super light weight, let’s air in all the right places and I dig the zipper. It will be used mainly for early season as a stand alone, or as an extra layer when I hunt cooler weather.
Material is top notch and allows my body to breath pretty easily. The arms fit a bit long but nothing too bothersome.
My wife bought this for me as a secondary for my Llano QZ. I switch them out daily to air. After a few days, I smell like an old milk in a hot truck. The shirt does what it says. It doesn't retain the majority of my odour-de-Chad, thus I smell less, but at 10 to 20 foot miles a day, nothing can wick away that kind of scent. Only downside is the fabric catches on brush easily. Still a 5 star shirt.
As an outdoor enthusiast, I love testing new gear. I reached out to FL to order some clothing and start putting it to the test. Here is my review:
First, ME: Bird hunting nut. I hunt pretty much all game birds that are offered in Ontario Canada -meaning, I see just about anything from waterfowl and doves to wild turkey and upland birds, I'm in the boat or the field as often as I can. I like to invest in quality gear that keeps me comfortable when I'm outdoors - be it hunting, hiking, or camping.
I got my Wick 1/4 Zip and have put it through a few of my more "common scenarios" during this time of the year (Mar-May) and given it a bit of field time in order to give a bit of my initial feedback on it.
BACKPACK HIKING: When worn under a small mid-layer it provides ample breath-ability and wicks away sweat from your body. I typically wear it under a mid layer puffy style coat and carry a 30L backpack on. The 1/4 zip is great to air out as my core temperature becomes elevated. Dried out quickly and remains pretty much odorless.
TURKEY HUNTING: I wear it on my trek to the blind and when partnered with the Kiln it has routinely provided me with the heat i needed in the early morning.
WORN UNDER RAINCOAT: I also wear it on walks with the dogs - one instance was to see how well it performed under a GORE-TEX raincoat. It was pretty great. It was a mild 5 deg C damp and rainy morning and the Wick was enough warmth to keep me comfortable and it was a great paring under a small raincoat. *I really liked this pairing. I've worn this numerous times since and it's pretty comfortable.*
All in all with this base-layer, the Wick is a great lightweight next-to-skin garment that is great for staying warm (or cool) and it Wicks the moisture away quite well.
I chose to pair it with the Kiln and the Furnace as a layered system - my findings on them will follow when I get more field time with those other products.
Bottom line - I recommend this shirt as a great base layer. I sweat a lot in my aforementioned field testing of the Wick, and as many have mentioned already - little to no odor and it dries extremely fast. It's a solid product. I am quite happy with it.