Woolpower had been hand sewing fine merino products for years in Sweden. You can see who actually sewed your garment on their website (pretty cool!). They have high standards for ethics , environment respect and take the time to make a high quality product. They realized they needed to create a lightweight line of base layers for more active and warm weather pursuits. So in 2011 they launched the LITE collection. There are short and long sleeve shirts, short and long boxers, socks and a few accessories.
It’s not easy to track down a retailer to purchase Woolpower’s LITE gear. We found a few items available on Amazon. Otherwise, you’ll have to head over to their store finder to see if there’s a retailer near you. They sent us a Tee LITE, Boxer Xlong LITE, and Ankle LITE sock to try out. We think these products are worth tracking down. Read on to see our take on them.
We love wool and wool based garments. Our testers have dozens of shirts and tons of socks from companies – all striving to make the best merino wool / hybrid mix – to optimize performance and comfort. The Woolpower products came in very nice packaging and at first glance, looked like very high quality goods. We took them out of the wrappers and promptly put them through the ringer.
These garments are made for high output activities, so our tester went about doing an hour long kettlebell workout – inside – with high temps and lots of human made humidity. How did they do?
What was most noticeable at first was the thickness of the 200 wt wool blend. We were a bit concerned as most of the other lightweight wool based garments we’ve tested are closer to 150 wt and thinner. The sizing is also a bit more form fitting than some other brands. Woolpower sent over a XL shirt and medium boxers. The shirt was definitely more snug than some other brands, though not too snug to cause a concern. Remember, this is a base layer and you want it to be in contact with you skin so it can wick away moisture.
After an hour of swinging heavy kettlebells and breaking a major sweat – the shirt did its best to regulate heat and wick away the sweat. We were impressed and put it through a few more days of splitboard touring and casual use. After a few washes the fabric became even more soft to the touch. A major bonus. The boxers were very nice and comfy too. We really like that they offer regular and long versions (we went with long). The surprise stand out of the 3 garments they sent us was the socks. They were lightweight, super comfortable and felt like we were wearing nothing at all. Defiantly worth the retail price of $17.60
All in all, we were impressed with the Swedish made Woolpower products. We will have reviews up on their winter line up down the road.