Fashion & Beauty Packing

Unbound Merino Women’s V-Neck Review: A Shirt You Rarely Have to Wash

One solution to an over-stuffed suitcase is to pack clothes that let you do more with less. Unbound Merino makes clothing out of merino wool, which dries quickly and doesn’t absorb odors the way cotton and other fibers do—which means you can wear the same clothes multiple times during a trip without doing laundry. The company recently introduced its first garment for women: a black V-neck T-shirt. I gave it a try on a recent trip.

Unbound Merino Women’s V-Neck Review:

Price and Where to Buy: $65 on the Unbound Merino website.

How the Unbound Merino Women’s V-Neck Rates:

  • Usefulness: 8/10. As advertised, the shirt continued to smell fresh even after I wore it multiple days in a row. However, I found that when I sweated in the shirt it gave off a faint “wet sheep” odor; I also noticed this when I took the damp shirt out of the washing machine after my trip. The smell went away as soon as the shirt dried, and Unbound Merino cofounder Dan Demsky says that certain detergents can help take it away after a wash or two. “Once you get rid of the smell, it won’t return,” says Demsky. He also recommends laying the shirt on a towel to dry and even rolling it in the towel to get rid of excess water.
  • Value: 8/10. As T-shirts go, this one is expensive—but the fact that it can take the place of multiple shirts in your travel wardrobe makes it a decent value.
  • Portability: 10/10. The shirt doesn’t wrinkle easily and will fold or roll up small in your suitcase.
  • Durability: 9/10. The shirt feels sturdy enough, but you need to handle it properly: You should never tumble-dry the T-shirt. Fortunately, it air-dries pretty quickly.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. The shirt is attractive and flattering, and having to pack less is pretty cool.

Final Verdict: The Unbound Merino Women’s V-Neck can help you pack less by taking the place of multiple T-shirts on a trip.

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By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

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Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle. I get restless on long flights and like to be able to move around without disturbing anyone else."

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