Nevertheless, behind its kinky exterior is a product, which can be used in virtually any climate and with a wide application for outdoor enthusiasts, runners and cyclists.
Aclima WoolNet is the name of a fairly new series of technical wool base-layers, with a grid pattern design, which you might have seen in Brynjes synthetic base-layers for years. The combination of a highly technical product, and the simple effect the air pockets provides with its flexible temperature adjustments, creates a highly usable and versatile product.
Aclima has focused on all the details, and the jersey we tested had flat seams and fully covering fabric in the areas where the grid pattern would have been annoying, such as the shoulders, where a backpacks shoulder straps might have caused irritated skin.
I have been hiking, cycling and running with this shirt, and I can truly recommend the product to everyone that use the outdoors for activities, as I am extremely satisfied with it.
The temperature regulation is very good, and I have kept warm, using the WoolNet shirt in cold weather with only a thin sweater and windbreaker over it. On hotter days, I have combined it with just a windbreaker. The shirt is optimal for hiking where the heat and moist is transported away from your body, and it is even comfortable during breaks when your all damp with sweat.
The WoolNet is slim fit and it has a very long cut. I truly appreciate this design, as the shirt sits well in the pants, without “crawling” over the edge as I have experienced with other technical wool base-layers. This shirts only flaw is its design. As emphasized in the beginning of the article, this shirt is NOT fashionable, and you might cause quite a stir if you choose to wear it for a night out with your friends.
The Aclima Woolnet series is designed for active use, and does the job better than any other wool base-layer I have ever tested.
The good: Functional, nice design and a versatile use area.
The bad: Not really.
The essence: A shirt all active people would find highly useful.