Minus33 Merino Wool Base Layers

Minus33 merino wool underwear for preppersI was recently asked about Minus33 Merino wool clothing. I wrote about it in my Layers – Shelter article but I didn’t mention specific clothing items for a base layer. Thought it might be a good idea to do so since cold weather is now upon us…and colder weather coming.

First, I am sold on wool. I think there is nothing better to keep you warm and protected. Historically speaking, wool got a bad reputation as scratchy. And I can attest to the whole scratchy thing from my days in the Navy. We had these really great blankets that were very warm and great to sleep under. However, Merino Sheep produce merino woolthey were scratchy as a son-of-a-gun! But those days are long gone! Merino Wool has changed everything.

Merino wool comes from a breed of sheep called Merino. They produce the best wool in the world. Actually, their wool has been the finest quality wool since the middle ages. History is definitely on their side.

Minus33 Merino Wool:
  • Regulates the amount of moisture on your skin by absorbing any moisture or sweat on your body. Then, the Minus33 merino wool clothingabsorbed moisture evaporates out of the fabric into the atmosphere.
  • Is naturally elastic, allowing it to stretch to your movements. Our goal is to give you comfortable, breathable, soft, wicking layers for any trek you embark on.
  • Insulates against high temperatures and does not readily catch fire. If it does, it self-extinguishes. When Merino burns, it doesn’t melt and stick to the skin like synthetic fabrics do.
  • Resists against microbes and odor, so foot fungus and smelly odor will NOT be a problem while wearing our products. Our state of the art wicking ability absorbs moisture and releases it back into the air.
Wool “weights” and weather –
  • Light-Weight = Spring & Summer : 170 g/m2 17.5 Microns
  • Mid-Weight = Spring, Fall, and easy winter climates : 230 g/m2 18.5 Microns
  • Expedition = Winter, cold climates including Antartic & Artic : 400 g/m2 18.5 Microns

But you are looking for specific recommendations not a history lesson or a lecture on wool. Remember, my wife and I own and use the Minus33 clothing listed below because we trust them. So here are my recommendations:

Men’s Tops – Minus33 Men's wool Top basse layer

Best prices that I could find…

Ticonderoga Men's Lightweight Crew

Ticonderoga Men’s Lightweight Crew

Rogers Midweight Mock

Rogers Men’s Midweight Mock

Yukon Men's Expedition Crew

Yukon Men’s Expedition Crew









Men’s Bottoms –

Best prices that I could find…

Saratoga Mens Lightweight Bottom

Saratoga Men’s Lightweight Bottom

Kancamagus Men's Midweight Bottom

Kancamagus Men’s Midweight Bottom

Katmai Men's Expedition Bottom

Katmai Men’s Expedition Bottom









Women’s Top –Minus33 Womens wool Top base layer

Best prices I could find…

Moriah Women's Lightweight Crew

Moriah Women’s Lightweight Crew

Ossipee Women's Midweight Crew

Ossipee Women’s Midweight Crew

Tanana Women's Expedition Crew

Tanana Women’s Expedition Crew









Women’s Bottoms –Minus33 Womens wool Bottom base layer

Best prices I could find…

Magalloway Women's Lightweight Bottom

Magalloway Women’s Lightweight Bottom

Franconia Women's Midweight Bottom

Franconia Women’s Midweight Bottom

Kenai Women's Expedition Bottom

Kenai Women’s Expedition Bottom










Men’s & Women’s Socks –

Minus33 socks are gender neutral, there is no difference in quality wool socks. But, socks do need more than just wool in them to hold their shape and wear correctly.Minus33 wool Sock Light weight day hiker

Merino Wool Day Hiker Sock

Merino Wool Day Hiker Sock

Minus33 wool Sock heavy weight expedition

Expedition Mountaineer Sock

Expedition Mountaineer Sock

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