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

$100.00

$60.00

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Product Details

Material:
First Lite Aerowool

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

Cut Shooters Cut
System Position Next to Skin
Material First Lite Aerowool
Actual Product Weight Size MD
Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Waterfowl, Upland, Fishing,

Product Video

Aerowool (OG)

Reviews

4.9
of 5
84 Reviews
Fit
Runs Small
Perfect
Runs Large
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome piece of kit 12/14/2018

I actually have 2 sizes of this model. XL is a very good fit for me, nice and close without being clingy. The XXL model is a little looser, but I find it good to layer over top of my Minaret short sleeve crew.
The underarm venting and 1/2 zip make it great for temperature control - the sun here in NZ South Island high country can be fierce, and the long sleeves protect you well from it while not cooking you.
I find it an excellent top to wear when walking and climbing the high hills - I always walk in wool!
Excellent weight for layering, on it's own not great for wind resistance, but with an extra layer or two it works really well.
No strap rub on shoulders either.


How it fits
My advice is to buy one size to fit and one size up to layer over top. Great system to control body temp.

Nickname: Blair
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 260lbs - 270lbs
Size: XL
Location: New Zealand
Use: Upload
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Excellent Layering!!! 10/11/2018

I love this top!!! I use it for either a next to skin layer or a second layer based on the weather outside. For hot weather I like it next to skin, and in cooler weather I use it as a second layer next to the Minaret long sleeve. The layering system on these clothes is great, and they hold heat and breath very well!!!


How it fits
It fit exactly as I expected it to given the sizing chart

Nickname: Joshua
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Wyoming
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome piece for every hunt 9/3/2018

I have been using the Wilkin half zip since spring for everything from Turkey hunts,hikes, bear and deer hunts since spring. I was a little sceptical if I was going to like it or not when I bought it.
I dont like it.........I LOVE IT!
It is so versatile. Stand alone or as a base layer it works great and the zip makes it easy to control temperature.


How it fits
Fit is true to size

Nickname: Michael
Height: 5'4" - 5'6"
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: XL
Location: Washington
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
90 degrees? 85% humidity? Still comfortable. 8/30/2018

It can get brutally hot mid-summer in southwest Wisconsin. Hiking the driftless hills for habitat and treestand maintenance and servicing trail cameras can be a sweaty and buggy experience. This material is extremely breathable and comfortable. Treat yours with some permethrin and you'll be golden while in some steamy summer woods. The half zip length is glorious. Being able to blast the chest sweat with a breeze makes you feel instantly better.

Nickname: Michael
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 150lbs - 160lbs
Size: M
Location: Wisconsin
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Beats the Heat, the Stink, and the Sun 8/30/2018

Ordered this for my fall Turkey hunt in AZ. Scouting for fall Turkeys here can be a hot and sweaty business.

This shirt kept the sun off, didn't stink despite all the sweat and dust, and kept me shockingly cool even going up and down nasty old burn slopes.

I would recommend these Aerowool base layers for even warm desert hunting.


How it fits
I'm a tall (6'3") fella and a bit bigger round the middle (240lb) but the XL fit just perfect.

Nickname: JJ
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 240lbs - 250lbs
Size: XL
Location: Arizona
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great lightweight merino shirt for hot days in the woods 8/30/2018

Lightweight merino that is comfy in warmer weather. Comfy to wear, keeps you cool, and doesn't stink. I tend to wear this on hot spring turkey hunts under my leafy layer and also when wandering around in woods over the summer for some pre-season deer scouting.

Nickname: Greg
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: New York
Use: Upload
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Versatile and comfortable. 8/30/2018

I wore this while doing a canoe trip with multiple portages and I stayed very comfortable. It dried faster than I thought and worked well both while paddling and relaxing on chilly nights.

Nickname: Jason
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 280lbs - 290lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Michigan
Use: Lifestyle
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect fit 8/29/2018

This is easily the most comfortable base layer I have ever had. Period. At first I thought the mega long zip was overdone, but I actually like it slot.

Nickname: Benjamin
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: L
Location: Texas
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect for early season 8/29/2018

I bought this to cover up from the sun and still stay cool while hunting during the early season. I also use it while hiking and camping and appreciate how deep the zipper is which makes it easy to get airflow through the shirt to dry out quickly during intense hikes.

Nickname: Benjamin
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 240lbs - 250lbs
Size: XL
Location: Wisconsin
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Best lightweight top 8/29/2018

I bought and used the regular long sleeve aerowool top before. It was very light and comfortable. Warm when it was chilly (70 degrees is chilly in Hawaii) and cool when it was hot. However now that I have tried the half and quarter zip tops i cannot go back. Along with the already cool material, the zipper makes it exponentially cooler by allowing more air circulation to your body. Will definitely keep buying and recommend to others.


How it fits
Fit was spot on for me. I am 5’7 175 pounds and the large fits me perfect.

Nickname: Jaren
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Location: Hawaii
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great baselayer for warm temps 8/29/2018

Will be wearing this for most of sept bow season here in North Carolina. Very comfortable, the half zip will help a lot for cooling down. The aerowool is awesome.

Nickname: Joe
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: S
Location: North Carolina
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Go to for hunting 8/29/2018

Love the material of this shirt -- comfortable, durable, but lightweight. This is my preferred shirt for hunting and scouting, as the zip is deep and you can dump a lot of heat. Highly recommend. Fit is great. True to size.


How it fits
Perfect. True to size.

Nickname: Nick B
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Washington
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great gear, but a bit baggy under the arms 8/28/2018

I love this piece. It’s great when paired with other layers and makes up a very warm base of a system and yet maintains comfort at warmer temps. I found the armpit area to be a bit too generous. Even with the extra fabric I haven’t gotten any chafing and maybe they designed that for easier range of motion for drawing a bow. I’ll use this for almost all to all of my big game hunting this year really wish I had it for some a late December tree stand sit last year!


How it fits
The armpits are a bit baggy.

Nickname: Jesse
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Texas
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Lightweight merino bliss for summer hiking and early season hunts 8/16/2018

I was initially a bit worried about the light weight of the Wilkin, but it is not my favorite summer shirt. I hike a lot in the summers as part of my work, and a lot of merino shirts are just too heavy at times. The chama hoody is great early on, but soon enough it just gets too hot for it. Time for the Wilkin. It is a perfect shirt for hiking the Rockies in the summer, and like all of First Lite's merino tech, doesn't stink, keeps you warm and/or cool when you need it, and fits like a dream. I didn't; really use the huge zipper much, but in part this is because my students don't need to see my hairy chest. And, honestly, I never got that hot in it. But, I could see on some hikes, or perhaps in a lower elevation (I was hiking at 9000-12000 ft), desert environment, having the ability to vent in the front would be useful. I am eager to try this out during early season archery for deer and elk. You will not regret the purchase!


How it fits
Fits great!

Nickname: Howard
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: XL
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect 8/16/2018

Awesome piece of gear! Bought this piece on a recommendation from a friend, very glad I did! Keeps warm during the cool hours of the morning and helps you stay cool in the heat of the day. Love the half zip for ventilation. Still helped stay warm even when got caught in a downpour and got soaking wet.

Nickname: Dylan
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: M
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
my new go to hunting shirt 7/31/2018

This is the most comfortable shirt I’ve worn hunting. I wear a xxl and the sleeves and body are plenty long I am 6’4” and find that a lot of xxl shirts are just bigger wide and not long enough. The aerowool is impressive, I hunt black tail deer on the Central coast of California and the weather often starts a little foggy and chilly but ends up in the 90-100 degree range. This shirt was perfect for that and the long chest zipper was nice to open up for even more cooling. I was also very pleased with the lack of smell after hiking all day compared to other expensive synthetic hunting clothes I own. I will definitely be buying more first lite products.

Nickname: Corey
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Size: XXL
Location: California
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great piece 7/31/2018

Perfect for hot weather and concealment!


How it fits
Fit is a little baggy

Nickname: Ripsaw650
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: XL
Location: Utah
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Base Layer for any activity 7/28/2018

I have this in cipher but use it for just about everything outside of hunting season. It's a great baselayer under a drysuit for whitewater or skiing. It works great as a long sleeve for cooler bike rides or runs. It's a great fall long sleeve for spot and stalk hunting when you are on the move as well!

Nickname: Josh
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: L
Location: Wyoming
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Through scrub brush to paving trails on a horse 7/23/2018

First day wearing this shirt I got a rip. Was cutting trails to camp on horseback and of course I got snagged on a nasty bush. The awesome part the 1inch tear is still a 1inch tear 6 months later. The fabric is pretty durable and doesn’t seem to want to “run”. A great next to skin layer under the sawtooth and was great when the sun breaks the mountains and starts to heat up the turkey fields. The zipper is great after the hunt to cool down quickly.


How it fits
Fit is snug but is expected

Nickname: Wess
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Great Buy! 6/26/2018

The Wilkin is a must when it comes to scouting in the hot summer or those archery elk hunts! It keeps the sun off of you, while keeping you dry and cool. I like that is also has the option of unzipping for additional air flow. I also enjoy using it for fishing! With those thumb loops it keeps everything in place and if it gets wet it drys quickly. It's worth every penny!!

Nickname: Nick
Amazing for scouting/september bulls 5/16/2018

this is an absolute must for early season hunts and scouting. If you're debating on committing to a half zip, I'm here to tell you, you're golden with this piece! I love this shirt when its hot during the day and cooler at night. Hiking with my pack and bino harness tend to heat the chest up fast! The half zip is nice when this happens, just zip it down and cool down. It dries super fast and doesn't smell (hang your sweaty merino). You won't regret your purchase.

Nickname: George
Super cool! 4/30/2018

I wore this while shed hunting in 75 degree weather this spring. I know 75 isn't hot but I was really surprised in how cool it made me feel. I'll be buying at least one more for antelope season. A+

Nickname: Anthony
Great for warm weather 3/25/2018

I like the earowool because it holds it’s shape better than 100% merino. The camo pattern is not as soft as 100% merino but the solid colors are are still very soft and feel much better on my skin that other synthetics. The thumb loops make the cuffs feel a little bulky for such a light layer. Great for warm weather hunting/ hiking. I wish there was one with a hood.

Nickname: Eli
Best baselayer for any outdoor activity 3/23/2018

I use Aerowool and the Wilkin all year long as a perfect long sleeve base layer. This winter I've used it skiing for 5+ days straight without any noticeable stink, and I sweat a lot. No need for any other baselayers whether you are hunting, biking, hiking, skiing, running etc...

Nickname: Josh
All around top 3/22/2018

I bought this top for hunting purposes and I use it for everything! My professional life is in the tactical industry and I use it all the time. Compared to other popular brands First Lite is on the top of the food chain! Quality is undeniable going through brush and laying prone in the mud and gravel it’s held up to what I have put it through. 100% satisfied and would definitely recommend to others.

Nickname: seth
Necessity! 3/4/2018

I bought the Wilkin for my early season hunts such as antelope and early archery mule deer. Great ventilation as well as incredible wicking attributes!

Nickname: Dirtbag Bowhunter
Excellent 3/2/2018

Aerowool is fantastic and I am very pleased. Can't believe it took me so long to switch to First Lite gear. I am a 100% fan.

Nickname: Brian
Wonderful 2/26/2018

Everything I was looking for for early archery in ohio.

Nickname: Josh
Best baselayer on the market 2/22/2018

I got this before honker season in Idaho. Was blown away with this product. I am 180 lbs at 6 foot and the large fit perfect. The moisture wicking material is phenomenal, definitely helps out with odor as well. I went honker hunting 20 times or so this winter and maybe washed this 2 or 3 times. Kept me warm and odor free!

Was super solid during winter steelhead in Idaho as well. Looking forward to wearing it during archery elk and rifle mule deer in 2018! The Wilkin Half Zip will definitely be in my pack.

Nickname: Jack
Best baselayer on the market 2/22/2018

I got this before honker season in Idaho. Was blown away with this product. I am 180 lbs at 6 foot and the large fit perfect. The moisture wicking material is phenomenal, definitely helps out with odor as well. I went honker hunting 20 times or so this winter and maybe washed this 2 or 3 times. Kept me warm and odor free!

Was super solid during winter steelhead in Idaho as well. Looking forward to wearing it during archery elk and rifle mule deer in 2018! The Wilkin Half Zip will definitely be in my pack.

Nickname: Jack
near perfect! 2/3/2018

I really like this shirt...worn it from Sept through Nov. The long zipper is great and the cut is perfect for me (Med 5'11" 165lbs). The only thing that could make it better would be to add a hood for sun protection. Great sent mitigation and comfortable to hunt in, sleep in, and under a pack.

Nickname: rusty shackleford
BadAss! 1/27/2018

I've been using the llano longsleeve for a few years now, love it. I have the qz and non zip, both work awesome. I now have this Aerowool to go with it. Fits the same and is a bit lighter, I should have bought another during the tag soup sale as I know I will be wearing this one more than the Llano's. At $60, this shirt is a bargain, get 3 now!

Nickname: Fishontro
Wicking machine 1/24/2018

I wore this all last summer for training hikes and early fall bear season and was nothing but pleased with how well it wicked and dried so fast.

Nickname: Michael
A vital layer for the Southern hunter 1/24/2018

Living in middle Tennessee, I have found that the Wilkin half zip has become an essential part of my layering kit. In fact theres many occasion where I'm wearing this next to skin and nothing else. Those times for me are typically during spring turkey, spring squirrel, and early fall bow season. I like having the deep zip for those unforgivably hot and humid days that middle Tennessee produces what seems almost year around. My only complaint is that First Lite doesn't produce a hooded version or at least yet. I have one in both ASAT and PINE and next to the Chama, it is one of my most utilized pieces of gear from the first lite collection.

Nickname: Harold
Fast drying, good durability! 1/16/2018

An early season must-have! When the temps heat up, you’re going to sweat; anytime I took a snack/drink break, Aerowool is completely dry before putting my pack on and heading down the trail again.

Nickname: Josh
Solid Product 1/15/2018

Bought in late summer and have worn in 70+F temps and down below zero F. Great alone on hot days and solid base for colder times. Got caught in some very cold/snowy weather in the Wyoming Range this fall during a backpack mule deer hunt, and it performed well. Will layer a Llano or Chama over when it gets colder in the November MT deer/elk season. Have worn as a base while skiing and snowshoeing with good results. Zipper also adds greatly to the vent when needed. Does not fight odor quite as well as the Llano or Chama for multiday use, but much better than anything else that I have tried with any poly in it.

Nickname: Dark2Dark
Great breathability 1/10/2018

With most of the rest of the country in a cold snap, Southern Arizona is experiencing some record high temperatures. It's a good thing this shirt came in just in time for my first outing on my January javelina tag. It kept me at a normal temperature under my light jacket in the early morning, and then kept me cool during the hike back out at temps above 70 degrees. I highly recommend this to any warm weather hunter, as any breeze feels like an A/C blowing on you, cooling you down rapidly.

Nickname: Tony
5 STAR!! Early and Late Season 12/7/2017

My go to piece for 90 degree archery hunt, and base layer for 9 degrees. I’ve got a bunch of my friends hooked on FL gear for amazing durability and unmatched comfort. I’m a fusion pattern guy, then ordered pine before out of stock as it’s my go to travel gear and one of the most comfortable pieces you can find.

Nickname: Jack
No better next to skin! 11/25/2017

This shirt is amazing for warm weather or as a base layer in colder weather, you can hardly tell you're even wearing this thing. I've been wearing it next to skin tracking deer here in norther Maine, with temps in the teens this shirt does the job under a chama and north branch. Gets rid of the sweat when you're hiking hard and keeps you toasty when the winds blowing. I'm 6'1" 175 pounds and a large fits perfect, not to snug.

Nickname: Amos
go to layer for 80+ degree days 10/18/2017

Used this layer antelope hunting in early September on some warm days. Compared to the older nonareowool top it definitely performs better in the heat. It super thin but have noticed that it's really durable despite the abuse I've put it through. Also feels really good on your skin, no itch.

Got this layer in Fusion and the colors were a bit darker compared to my other Fusion gear but doubt the animals will mind.

Nickname: Graham
Great for September hunting 10/10/2017

This top is comfortable. It fits well and is great for September hunting. I've worn it four days of straight hunting without washing and it still doesn't stink.

After three washes total it appears to be pilling a bit.. hope it doesn't get too bad.

Nickname: Jonathan
Great Product 10/2/2017

I purchased this top because I had the merino wool version and thought it would be nice for warmer weather. I am very happy with the product and sizing is true to size as compared to other wool tops. I hunted in 70 degree plus weather and it dried out well after sweating. I would recommend this product to others and am thinking of purchasing a solid color for every day use.

Nickname: Eric
Go-to for early archery 9/29/2017

I got this shirt to try for the early archery season in MD. I typically went with a non FL synthetic because temps are commonly in the high 80's for September. I absolutely love this shirt. It has been blood stained twice so far this year. Once the temps get cooler I will try it as a base layer, but will most likely go to the llano and keep this as my warm season shirt. Love the Aero-Wool!

Nickname: Tom
excellent versatile layer 9/28/2017

Excellent piece. Worked great in the 80+ heat stalking antelope and equally well layered over a merino base in the mid 40 drizzles the next week. It's the new favorite and is bound for a life of heavy use.

Nickname: Sparky
Game Changer 9/25/2017

Aerowool is a fantastic material that really changes the game for early season layering. I wear this all summer during training hikes, scouting, and then into pronghorn season. It keeps you cool while still providing full upper body coverage and the zipper is great for dumping heat when you really get going. Dries super fast.

Nickname: Jon
Great warm weather top 9/20/2017

Haven't gotten to wear this top much yet but I have gotten in a few dove hunts with it just to see how well it preforms in heat....which is excellent! I spent 6 hours on two different days in a field in lower Alabama, temps were in the 90's with humidity upwards of 75% and zero wind. As fast as I could sweat it seemed to dry and I was about as comfortable as you can expect to be in conditions like that. I think the half zip is a must on this shirt, without being able to open that up for some ventilation I think I would have pretty uncomfortable. This shirt isn't as comfortable as my Llano but it dries much quicker and breaths better.

For reference I'm 6'0" 175lbs and I went with a medium in this shirt based on some others reviews. I wear a Large in the Chama and Llano. The medium is a very snug fit on me, probably as true base layer should be. I think if I were to get another one I would go with a Large for a little more room/comfort since I will most likely only wear this as light weight top for hot days.

Nickname: Lincoln
Great early season layer! 9/17/2017

This shirt works well out west during archery season as a layer or on its own with a light under shirt.

Nickname: Dylan
Wow, What a combo. 9/12/2017

I live in this shirt while in the woods. The half zip is key to making me comfortable in addition to the soft feel. I pair this up with the Chama hoody and I'm good to go almost anyplace may-late September for all day comfort in the woods. I just got back from a week of stalking Pronghorn with my bow at 9500 ft and this combo kept me comfortable and adaptable in temps ranging from 45-88. Thank you for this piece of gear.

Nickname: james
New favorite shirt 9/11/2017

This thing is hands down awesome. Light weight and breathable. The only thing I would change is to offer it with a hood like the chama. It also works great under the chama as a layering set up. The way I like to run it is the Wilkin next to skin, then the Chama, and the Cirrus Puffy.

Nickname: Stefan
Excellent for hot weather back country 9/6/2017

103 degrees for the opening of elk season in Idaho... can't believe how well this breaths and helps you stay cool. Durable and tough, Fusion pattern is awesome. Great piece of gear.

Nickname: Jack
Great next to skin layer for the whole season 9/6/2017

I've had this shirt since they came out last year. Its been out on backpacking trips from August to late December. I love the half zip! I know its not much more than the quarter but on those long hot days its great to open it up and let natures A/C kick in. I like how thin and breathable the Aerowool is, yet still very durable. I did some bush waking on a stalk and was sure I rip a few holes in it, but when I took it off to my surprise there were none. If I had one complaint, if you can call it that, is that it faded more so than all my other Firstlite wool. This is not an issue and it maybe common with the Aerowool.

Nickname: Justin AZ
Nice 9/5/2017

Very comfortable top. Very thin for hot weather and very light. Was warm enough for low 50s as well nice top.

Nickname: Chad
Swiss Army Knife shirt 8/24/2017

This thing is great! Good sun and a light insulating layer and the fabric and that swanky sipper keep you cool in the heat! If you are in between a size get the smaller size, in my opinion the aerowool fits a little looser than it's merino counterparts.

Nickname: Nickster
my favorite base layer 8/19/2017

This thing is so solid i wore it in freezing temps in second season and also during early season archery hunting. The only thing i wish that was available would be the option of a light weight hood to keep the sun off you neck in the high country.

Nickname: Greg
Excelled in Texas summer 8/10/2017

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.

Nickname: Jeff
Aerofool without Areowool 8/3/2017

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!

Nickname: Joe with Livin' Large Outdoors
Aero Wool Believer 8/3/2017

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.

Nickname: Ryan
Great to have in the arsenal 8/3/2017

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.

Nickname: Trevman
Aerowool is amazing! 7/30/2017

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.

Nickname: WILLIAM
Best 7/27/2017

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

Nickname: Daniel
Couldn't be better for hot weather 7/27/2017

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.

Nickname: Matt
outstanding base layer 6/8/2017

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.

Nickname: Jack
Perfect base layer 6/7/2017

The fit and feel is amazing, the 3/4 zip is perfect for heat release - I'm sold on aerowool!

Nickname: Linc
Great base layer 5/24/2017

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

Nickname: Dallas
Might Be My Favorite! 5/6/2017

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!!!

Nickname: Jacob Williams
Perfect Baselayer 4/9/2017

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.

Nickname: Erik
Great early season layer 3/29/2017

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!

Nickname: Ty
Great for....everything. Seriously. 3/20/2017

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.

Nickname: Bluto
Love this Aerowool material 3/19/2017

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.

Nickname: Dominic
Early season hunting in California can be hot hot... 3/19/2017

During the warm days of July chasing prey with my bow this top worked perfectly!

Nickname: Novack
Great for Trail Running as well 12/3/2016

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.

Nickname: Scott
Perfect for Archery Elk Hunting 11/15/2016

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.

Nickname: RyanM
Great All-Weather layer 11/14/2016

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.

Nickname: Matt
Great early season shirt, making it my base layer for the colder months! 10/24/2016

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.

Nickname: Rob
New go to base lauer 10/18/2016

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!

Nickname: Cody
Best 10/5/2016

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

Nickname: Jed
Excellent Layer for very active hunts. 9/27/2016

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.

Nickname: JerryO
The Ultimate Shirt 9/15/2016

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.

Nickname: Jimmy
a must for early season 9/8/2016

Great for scouting and those early season hunts and sits.

Nickname: Mitchell
Awesome product 9/8/2016

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

Nickname: Duckmeat
Survived a 95 degree elk scout trip 8/15/2016

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.

Nickname: Kevin F.
Nice peice but not a base layer 8/8/2016

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.

Nickname: worldsworsthunter
Great warm weather base layer 8/5/2016

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

Nickname: Michael
Perfect Early Season Shirt 7/27/2016

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!

Nickname: Stiles