Remember a couple months ago when the days were still long and the sun scorching down and winter seemed like a distant afterthought?  I sure do - and not just because that was when I won a sweet Stingray tree tent and some new threads from Woolx in the Last Adventures of Summer contest :)  I am counting the days until I finally have the chance to start overnighting in the Stingray, but I've already been able to put the Woolx gear through the ringer and want to share what I learned.

(Disclaimer: this is a review of a contest prize e.g. free gear, but I am in no way obligated to give a positive review.) 

1) Merino Wool is awesome.  Okay, I already knew that before Woolx but really - merino is lightweight, stretchy, totally non-scratch, dries quickly, and doesn't stink.  Yes please! 

 Women's lightweight "Basecamp" hoodie from Woolx

Women's lightweight "Basecamp" hoodie from Woolx

2) Merino Wool is NOT just for the cold.  This one was actually a surprise to me, since I typically turn to merino layers for the cold season.  I just so happened to be in hot and humid Thailand right after getting the new gear from Woolx, and guess what: the lightweight tank top and merino capris were absolutely perfect for scorching, muggy days climbing in Tonsai. 

 Climbing with my Woolx tank top in hot, muggy Thailand (tights: adidas Outdoor)

Climbing with my Woolx tank top in hot, muggy Thailand (tights: adidas Outdoor)

3) Those socks rock.  And by that I mean the crew-length "Fearless" socks.  I've been using merino wool in functional footwear forever, but until Woolx I never owned any casual merino socks; enter the Fearless, which is my new favorite barefoot-around-the-house addition.  Plus they've already kept me company on almost half a dozen long-haul flights. 

 those socks :) 

those socks :) 

4) Woolx makes neat stuff.  Something I loved: they have an eye for detail, like adding a sleek external pocket on the capris; it's so stealth I didn't even notice it the first time I wore the tights, yet big enough to hold an iPhone.  Good stuff. 

All in all, I'm a fan - high-quality, functional clothing at a lower price point than the merino wool stronghouses Icebreaker and Smartwool.  The selection of styles is still a bit limited, but I'd expect that we'll see a broader selection of great stuff from Woolx as they're gaining share on the incumbents. And if you're looking for stocking stuffers and Christmas presents that don't break the bank, they've got a bunch of high quality accessories too!