Why We Chose The Howies Munnings 1/2 Zip Merino Top: Comfortable, ethically produced, high quality.
You can’t underestimate the power of a good baselayer, especially a Merino one. In summer, Merino will keep you cool, and, more importantly, lift the sweat off before sending it into the atmosphere, and in winter it provides that essential layer of warmth. You can wear it for high-tempo activities and also for long slogs where you might have to keep it on for days at a time. Best of all, after all of this it’s not even going to smell too bad, and the same can’t be said for standard synthetic alternatives, that’s for sure.
We could waffle on all day about the properties of Merino baselayers, but of course, what you want to know is just how good this particular one, the Howies Munnings, is.
“I hiked in it all day and slept in it as well… You know you’ve got a good baselayer when you have absolutely no qualms about doing that.”
In short, it’s good, and for a number of reasons. First of all, this is an item that you can count on being ethically made, and out of responsibly-sourced materials. Ceredigion based Howies pride themselves on that kind of stuff, and have done since their foundation way back now in 1995.
Then there are all the right design details. For instance, all the seams are flatlocked, meaning no niggles, the sleeves have a raglan shape to provide the right articulation during active use, there’s a half zip for a little extra temperature regulation and finally, a reflective logo on the front and strip on the lower back which will be useful for night runners.