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EDZ Women’s Merino Zip-Neck Base Layer Top

With an Antarctic backdrop Jean shed her top layer to pose for this shot as even this comfy EDZ Merino zip-neck base-layer top was not warm enough to be worn on its own this far south [© Mike Gormley]

Cumbria-based EDZ, founded in 1995, produce warm and comfortable Merino wool base layer clothing, writes Mike Gormley.


EDZ are tucked away in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District. To me when a company that produces outdoor gear are based in an appropriate area it normally indicates they know what they are doing and most likely will be very familiar with the conditions their gear is to be used in.

The thumb loops come in very handy to keep the sleeves in place when worn as a mid layer as well as providing added warmth when necessary [© MG]

This is definitely the case with EDZ, a company who I have known for many years. This Zip Neck base layer for Ladies was perfect for our multi-conditions trip to the bottom of the planet where we were in cold – sometimes very cold – and also in much more temperate climates. This garment is made from 100% Merino wool. As many will know this is really as good as it gets as a fabric for next to, or close to, skin and for long periods of use in all sorts of conditions. It is warm when needed, moisture wicking is excellent, and perhaps a little unexpected you can also comfortably wear it when the sun is out. For added temperature control this one has a zip neck and also has thumb loops to keep the arms in place under the top layers as well as providing that welcome added warmth on often exposed wrists.

The zip closes nicely around the neck when it is chilly and also provides ventilation when things warm up [© MG]

Importantly Merino is perfect for multi-day trips and when you are not able to wash the garment but want to stay on talking terms with your close friends. Jean wore this a lot on our trip, and I can happily say we did not have to move to opposite ends of our cabin aboard ship. The other benefit of Merino is that as you don’t need to wash it so often it lasts longer. I have Merino garments I have had, and used, for many years and they are still going well so I am sure Jean will be using this one for years to come.

Jean on constant lookout for whales and icebergs when on deck ~ in many locations this Merino top from EDZ was most welcome [© MG]

[images © Mike Gormley]


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