HikingGeek.com reviewed the WoolPRO Juno tee, Agena long sleeve, and Zond Arm warmers. It is critical to note that the thorough assessment lasted from January through April of this year! Because they tested for four months, they produced more than a first impression kind of review.
Day 2 on a Trip to Coyote Gulch
Here’s a preview of what HikingGeek.com said, but head over to their site to read the whole review, see notes on each item, and see all of the awesome pictures!
“The observations below include notes from my hikes between January and April 2016, as well as testing at the gym and around the house. Much of the testing was completed on my cross-country drive from CA to NH. The WoolPRO products really impressed me on the backpacking portion of my drive. The Juno and Agena also got tons of use while I drove.”
- The look/style of the Juno and to a lesser extend, the Agena, was surprising. I can wear them to dinner, traveling or to work without feeling under-dressed.
- While I would consider merino wool an expensive option for everyday use, it is a very important part of my layering system for backpacking, hiking and snowshoeing.
- After seeing how they performed on the Coyote Gulch Backpacking trip, I’d feel comfortable with the following torso layering system for a 3-4 day backpacking trip:
- The Juno, Agena and Zond Arm Warmers as my principle layers for hiking. I would not plan on washing any of these items on the trail
- A second synthetic (read: cheap) top for sleeping.
- A down sweater if temperatures were expected to dip into the 30s.
- Over the last year I’ve found the key to extended usage between washes is airing merino out at night.
- One bonus of using merino wool on a daily basis is less laundry. If you’re conscious of water usage (as most residents of California should be), or just hate doing laundry, it may be something to consider for everyday use.