Awesome Merino Wool Tee Shirt for Travel: Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt Review


– What’s a good shirt to take
with you when you’re traveling In this video, we’re gonna
be taking a look at the Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-shirt. Let’s check it out. (upbeat pop music) What’s up, it’s Tom from
Pack Hacker coming at you from my hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m digging it here. It’s really chill. Love the vibes. We’re taking a look at the Ultra-fine Merino wool
T-shirt from Outlier. If at any time you’re viewing this video and you’re not there already, there’s a page on
Packhacker.com for this review where we go a little bit more
into depth on everything. And we also have, kind of, a
timeline where we keep track of this thing and the durability
as we use it more and more. So all that info is there
and constantly being updated. All right, first of all I wanna say that this shirt is great. I’ve been using it for about
the last year and a half as I’ve been testing it
and taking a look at it. And overall, it’s held up super well. In comparison to some of
Outlier’s other shirts, for instance, the Runweight Merino, this thing feels a little bit thicker. At first when I bought
that thickness would be a little bit hard in warmer climates. But it actually breathes better than some cotton T-shirts
that are out there today. Outlier also has a different shirt called the Runweight Merino,
which is a little bit thinner than this one, but I
found it to be less durable. So this thing is like the tank of T-shirts and it’s held up super
well with the exception of a couple little
things, which we’re gonna get into in a little bit. This thing is comfortable. It’s well fitted, and
it looks pretty sharp. After about six months of use, I did notice that there
was a little bit of a hole developing right around where my belt was. And I emailed Outlier
about this, and they said, “Hey, this looks like it’s from your belt, but if you ever want to get it repaired, just bring it into a tailor
and they can darn the fabric and get rid of that.” I haven’t done that
because I really dislike any type of maintenance,
but it’s good to know that there is a solve for it. I just found out that
there’s an even bigger hole that’s developed in this thing
in the back of the shirt. (ominous music) But this is after, like, 1.5 years of use. I’m wearing this T-shirt
probably like three times a week. You even it out with everything else. The cost to wear is pretty good overall. This T-shirt is super
expensive at 98 bucks. But again, this is one
of two of my T-shirts that I have in my 40 liter backpack. I mean, it’s either one $98 T-shirt for me or five $20 T-shirts. I’d rather carry around
one that weighs a lot less that I hardly ever have to
wash and that looks sharp and is soft and is comfortable
to wear than trying to carry around five
T-shirts that are mediocre. So overall, I’ve worn this
T-shirt about 200 times. It’s a $98 T-shirt,
about 50 cents per wear. I’ll take it. It’s not like I’ve been
babying this shirt either. (soothing lullaby music) It’s been in many climates with me, many different countries, out camping where there’s bugs, out in the rain. This thing has gone
through a decent amount of wear and tear. I can go sometimes maybe 10 even 20 times without washing it. (crickets chirping) Don’t tell anybody. It’s our little secret. It doesn’t smell. It’s so bizarre. I will have, like, another
T-shirt that I’ll wear twice and I’ll be like, man, I
need to wash that thing. But this thing, I feel like
it almost, like, takes care of the smell itself too, to some degree. You leave it out to air dry,
just kind of gets rid of it, which is pretty crazy. (loudly inhaling) If it’s in the washer, I put it on the most delicate setting possible. I do typically wash this by hand. I’m kind using my Lush shampoo bar or something of that
nature and being careful about what soap that I use. Never put it into the dryer
or you’re gonna shrink it and mess it up, and it’s
gonna get all fuzzy. I always hang dry it, and since it’s wool, it dries really, really fast. So for the pros, this
thing is a modern fit, and it looks sharp on you,
if that’s what you’re into. Also, it’s held up super well over a lot of different climates and a
lot of different situations over a decent amount of time. 1.5 years is pretty good
for testing one T-shirt. And in comparison to other fast-drying or antimicrobial marketed
shirts, it’s not some shiny material, breathable,
mesh-looking nylon shirt. It just looks like a normal shirt. And it has those natural antimicrobial and breathable features
built right into the fabric. From the cons standpoint, this shirt is pretty expensive for a T-shirt. It’s kind of hard to justify spending that much for a T-shirt. But again, you’re looking at it from a cost-per-wear standpoint, and what you’re gonna be packing with you in your bag as you’re on the go. Can start to kind of justify it if you’re gonna be
wearing this thing a lot, and it’s gonna be in
your primary rotation. Another con is it’s a
thicker wool material, can be hot, depending on
the climate that you’re in. And also the dark blue
color that I’ve been testing doesn’t help. Now if you’re concerned with that, be sure to get a lighter color than what I’ve done
here with the dark navy. So just be aware of that. Thanks for taking a look at the Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-shirt. Be sure to head over to
packhacker.com/newsletter to never miss an update
on the good reviews that we do, and the latest
in travel tips and tricks. We’ll see you in the next one. I love that I’ve been wearing this T-shirt for just about every other
video that I’ve done. You’re probably like, man, this
guy, he just has one shirt. He never changes it, but I don’t need to. (beep noise) Are we recording right now? (beep noise) (funky music)

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23 thoughts on “Awesome Merino Wool Tee Shirt for Travel: Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt Review

  1. Love this review,Hard to believe it's in that good of condition after the ware profile of approximately 3 days per week for the last year and a half. This shirt knocks it out of the park! I need a good wearable, reliable shirt to pack in my gear.Thanks for the education!

  2. love that "baby holding' scene, great review on the t-shirt, I am currently starting a minimalist journey but as a college student the t-shirt is definitely expensive, but once i got the money to spare, this will definitely be the thing i want. Thanks.

  3. Great review. Have you noticed any issues on the back of the shirt from the cordura on your GR2? I've heard that they can cause some bad wear and pilling, and I was curious about your experience.

  4. Your channel is truly amazing! Thanks for all the content. I am considering getting both the GR2 pack and the oultiers T shirt based on your reviews after a lot of searching and studying different options. Thank you! I saw you also loved the Patagonia Nano puff which I own and is an amazing item. I was wondering if you ever had the opportunity to try to Patagonia Nano puff Bivy Pullover? I love the kangaroo pocket at the airport. You should definitely try out!!

  5. Great review on this shirt. I was just wondering how long does it take for the shirt to dry?
    Really enjoying the review videos.

  6. Hello, I just found your channel today (through your PD travel pack review), and have watched many of your videos already. Thank you for the detailed yet concise reviews! It's hard to balance both elements.

    Since this is an old video, so I am not sure if you'd still check comments on it. I am wondering if you'd still feel comfortable wearing merino wool in humid climates that are above 30 degrees Celsius (eg. Summer in Taiwan, or places like Hawaii)? Also, do you have any brand recommendations for female users? Thank you!

  7. just buy an Ably t-shirt for 45 $ you can wear it up to 3 weeks without washing no stink its water and stain resistance ant-bacterial if we're talking travel Ts

  8. Hey Tom – Have you tried the Outlier DreamWeight T? I was curious how the two compare and which you would suggest more for travel?

  9. I know what its like to go with out a washer and dryer. I have gotten besides the laundromat, creative, and wearing some things several days to me is practical as well as save on the wear of clothes.

  10. Hey Tom, can you offer me some advice? I recently purchased a merino wool t-shirt from Y athletics, but its a bit larger for me. How can I was it to get it smaller without damaging it? Thx!

  11. Hey Tom! We seem to be very similar in size – I'm 6' 2" and 200 pounds. What size shirt did you get from Outlier?

    Also, what sort of soap/shampoo do you recommend using to clean the shirt?

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