SMARTWOOL Base Layer Gets Seen Wearing ‘Made the Grade’ Award

April 20, 2023

Merino powers this activewear staple from a proven brand

TUCSON, ARIZONA USA /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Built with consistency, integrity, and year-round performance, INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR has awarded the SMARTWOOL Merino Short Sleeve Tee with ‘Made the Grade’ status. Fitting the mantra of Know It, Trust It, Keep It. TM, this product has been under scrutiny for well over seven years before receiving this endorsement.

‘This is one of the few base layers that handles rigorous wear and numerous wash cycles without giving up its shape or performance,’ states INVESTMENT’s founder and lead evaluator Peter Reese. ‘In addition, SMARTWOOL’s range of sizes and colors now makes this outdoor and active lifestyle a staple for more people.’

Recaps the SMARTWOOL team, ‘Our Men’s Merino Short Sleeve Tee is perfect for year-round adventures, in any weather. Made with responsibly sourced Merino, it provides breathable and durable next-to-skin comfort. We’re excited to receive ‘Made the Grade’ status and continue to enable more consumers to go far and feel good.’

A mix of merino wool and recycled polyester contributes to the anti-pilling properties of the Merino Short Sleeve Tee. With long-sleeve versions as well as midlayers in the SMARTWOOL line-up, every weather and travel condition now can be addressed with a small selection of quality apparel styles.

INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR, rooted in 50 years of adventure experience and outdoor journalism, selects individual pieces of gear for video reviews: Nothing chosen is part of a traditional gear round-up, but merits special consideration for performance, lasting value, and embracing a ‘less and better beats more’ approach to a more sustainable future.

Many of the products selected for ‘Made the Grade’ have been in evaluation for three years or more, with some receiving updates since first taken outside or on the road for extended travel. In addition, none have been sponsored by the brands, nor does INVESTMENT receive compensation for their use in the ‘Made the Grade’ initiative.

The video review, including a unique one-word summary of the SMARTWOOL Merino Short Sleeve Tee, is available HERE.


INVESTMENT GRADE GEAR is a response to ‘Best of’ gear category lists that frequently confuse or don’t provide concise, credible findings. Focused on video reviews, each Made the GradeTM selection fits the powerful mantra of Know It, Trust It, Keep It.TM, one applauded by manufacturers and industry influencers alike. Consideration of individual products is not limited to new releases, and can be suggested by reaching out to editor@investmentgradegear.com.