Mark is a Christchurch based Ecologist that works outdoors year round throughout New Zealand no matter the temperature. We had Mark test and review head to toe our Brass Monkeys Merino range and here is what he thought.
They provide warmth while remaining breathable and not causing me to get too hot while tramping and walking through the bush. They don’t get weighed down with sweat due to the breathability and any moisture dries very quickly! When worn as the undergarment they’re designed as, they’re fantastic for providing extra warmth underneath jeans or other pants that don’t tend to be that warm during winter in Christchurch.
I’ve owned numerous (well-known branded) merino shirts over the past several years and they’ve all been great shirts but the biggest variant is the weight/thickness of the shirt. The lightweight shirts have ripped (even in front loader washing machines) and the heavier shirts can be too hot to wear, especially under a windproof jumper. Not only is the Brass Monkey Short Sleeve V Neck shirt an ideal “medium” weight but it’s also fantastic value for money. Sweat is wicked away from the skin really well allowing the shirt to continue to provide warmth. This is a fantastic shirt and one that can be worn both as an undergarment, as it’s designed for, as well as just a plain shirt due to the design and cut. Traditionally as a hunter I’ve used polypropylene undergarments but they simply don’t compare to these for warmth, comfort and value of this shirt!
The Smart Merino Brass Monkeys skull cap beanie is simply fantastic. Designed to be worn underneath a helmet it is perfect. The merino provides great warmth where other beanies, worn for warmth, are too thick to fit comfortably under a helmet or the helmet needs to be loosened which may compromise safety. A shaved head means I feel the cold but I have never been able to wear a fleece beanie while working because they’re too hot, or a traditional woollen beanie because they’re itchy. This skull cap is worth its weight in gold for me; I wear it when working in the winter on a quad bike (with frosty below 0*C mornings) and it’s got a fantastic cut covering the ears which is critical when on a quad bike with the wind chill.