Lakes-based brand now has merino baselayer kit in glacier-friendly white.
Lake District-based outdoor clothing brand EDZ has been producing merino wool base-layer clothing for a while - we currently have some on long-term wear test - and the latest addition to the range is a choice of white merino tops for both men and women.
Better In The Glacial Heat
If you're wondering why on earth anyone would want a white base layer - harder to keep clean, less stylish etc - we're thinking it's all about hot conditions and glaciers in particular. If you've been on a glacier in alpine conditions, you'll know that while things are cold at night, when sunlight gets onto the snow, things gets surprisingly hot very quickly with the sunlight being reflected by the snow and ice.
In those conditions, dark-coloured clothing tends to absorb heat and get very warm, very quickly, while lighter shades, in particular, keep you cooler by reflecting more of the heat. As a bonus, merino is pretty comfortable in warmer conditions too.
And of course it's not just in glacial conditions that lighter colours work, they're also better in hot sunshine generally.
Long Or Short Sleeved
EDZ has men's and women's versions in two styles, a long-sleeved and short-sleeved tee at £40 and £30 respectively with the women's long-sleeved version having a vee-neck. Both use 190gm 100% merino wool with flat-locked seams which is machine washable at 30˚C.
We've been favourably impressed with the quality of the latest EDZ merino wool tops, the fabric has a quality feel to it and so far it's washed well, so they look like a good option if you're looking for good value, light-coloured merino base layers.
More information and online shopping at www.edzlayering.com or if you're passing through, drop in to the outlet store in Keswick.