Rated 5 out of 5 by LuckyGlobal Best thermal top I've ever had
I'm not usually a fan of thermals; thought they really didn't do much. My wife and I were going on a Christmas vacation through Switzerland, so warmth was paramount.
Half way through this trip. I just had to give a status report. By far, extremely happy with this product. It was itchy the first day, but has been great since then. It's seemless, soft and keeps your body at an even temperature; never too warm or even slightly cold. Been in temperatures ranging from 49 to 26 under a sweater and a medium coat.
Water spilled on my arm while we were eating at a restaurant and my sleeves were exposed. The area never really absorbed any of the water. Furthermore, the portion of the fabric that was slightly damp dried and was warm in what felt like minutes.
Also, I am not ashamed to say I wore this pair for 5 days straight and there was no odor at all as expected. I will say that fit is a bit different. After reading most the reviews on this site I went with a medium for more of a fitted feel. I'm 5'10" and 198 lbs. If you're on the fence in regards to buy or not to buy, I strongly encourage you to buy.
As a whole I can say I'm happier than hog in the mud with my base layer and will be buying more.
December 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by neworleans too loose and bad seam
I purchased this to wear under a cycling jersey for winter cycling. Even though I ordered a size smaller than I normally would it was very loose and not suitable for wearing under a tight-fitting cycling jersey. It might be ok under a loose shirt.
Also, one of the arm seams was bad, leaving a gap.
Of course, L.L.Bean refunded me the full price, with no shipping charges. That's why I shop here.
November 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by notsofat Feels great
I have several base layer crew shirts, both LLB and others. But this merino wool gives the best feel against my skin, and while it keeps me warm in raw outdoor temps, it is not too hot to wear indoors.
After a day's wear it doesn't have any odor.
I will buy more as gifts...
February 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProudCanuck78 Soft and Warm
I bought this in a medium for my brother. It fits true to size, is soft and warm. He's worn it several times and it appears to have washed nicely. Such a great price for a merino wool base layer - you simply can't go wrong!
February 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by GeorgianGirl nice soft warm shirt
Just bought this for my husband and it's a very nice shirt - you just can't beat merino wool for softness, helping you maintain your body temperature in many kinds of weather, washability and non-stinkability! The green is a nice deep rich green. The raglan style sleeves make for ease of movement and layering.
2 reasons why we didn't rate this a 5 - the stitching around the neck is a little itchy but haven't washed the shirt yet.
Also the shirt runs a tiny bit short so I think if you have a long torso, regardless of height, you might want to order a tall.
My husband looks very nice in this shirt and I'm glad that I bought it. Will get another.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Racermom17 Great Shirt!
Bought this for my teenager who is always cold. He wears it all the time so I have ordered the solid black one also. Need more colors to choose from though.
January 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by darwin1859 Best LLBean purchase ever
How long have I been shopping at LLBean...? A few decades now... Can't think of a better purchase than this Cresta Wool shirt.
I've worn it under a soft-shell in flurrying Wyoming Novembers, as the only shirt in crisp Pennsylvania leaf raking days, and on misty Maine mornings in the summertime. Great in every situation. It breathes well, but is very warm when it needs to be.
I guess it's meant primarily for a base layer (as the name suggests) but I have found myself wearing it as my only shirt quite often. Even though it is somewhat form-fitting, the shirt is thick enough that you don't feel like you're trying (unsuccessfully) to impersonate a jacked NFL player in Under Armour.
Plus, it never seems to smell bad!
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Genef664 Perfect fit and extra warm
The top fit perfectly and kept me warm
January 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goodhue Warm,Comfortable,and NOT Itchy
Recently went on a vacation during which I spent a lot of time outdoors. Since the temperature was in the twenties most of the time,I often wore this shirt as a base layer underneath whatever else I put on. It kept me warm outside,yet was comfortable when I was inside.I'd wear it for many hours at a time and I never felt itchy despite it being 100% wool. Plan on buying another. Highly recommended.
January 3, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Shopforkhaki Too short
I am 5'10", 185 pounds and purchased this in a large. Out of the box it was shorter than I would have liked. After washing per the instructions it is even shorter, barely down to my hips. I will be returning this for a tall. On the plus side it is very warm and comfortable.
December 1, 2013