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Review: Artilect W-Exposure Long Sleeve Top

Written by Fiona

July 03 2024

Artilect has launched a new Exposure collection made with Nuyarn 145g Single Jersey (78% Merino, 22% Innergy Nylon).

“Nuyarn” is described as “a superfine Australian wool technology that amplifies merino wool’s natural properties”. In addition, the brand states: “Innergy Nylon blend is infused with a natural mineral that returns infrared energy to the body, giving enhanced muscle recovery and added durability and stretch.”
The top has been subjected to a rigorous durability test and apparently copes with up to 131,667 abrasion rubs “proving that nothing performs better in nature than nature”.

Model wearing the Artilect Exposure long sleeve top

Other features include:

  • Superfine 19 micron non-mulesed Australian merino wool
    5 x faster drying
    Stretch and recovery
    Naturally odour-resistant
    Thumb loops
    Hang dry loop
    No chafe flatlock seams
    UPF 50+ certified
    Machine washable
  • Price: £100.
  • See Artilect.
  • There are men’s tops, too.
Long sleeves with comfy thumb loops.

My thoughts: Artilect W-Exposure Long Sleeve Top

This is a really easy top to like. The fabric is wonderful lightweight and soft, although not so lightweight that it feels flimsy. It provides an excellent layer whether you are looking for warmth or hoping for long-sleeved protection in cool but sunny conditions. Natural fabrics are versatile because they hold warmth as part of a layering system, yet they are also very breathable so they can be worn as a single layer on warmer days. Note, there is also a t-shirt in the collection.

I find that I do not sweat too much in the Nuyarn and any sweat dries quickly. I am a bit of a synthetic baselayer fan because I like the weight and feel of synthetics on my skin but I know that merino is a better fabric.

The merino is naturally odour resistant – so you can wear it several days in a row and avoid being too whiffy – and it’s durable. The longer a garment lasts the better it is for the environment because there is less manufacture and less waste.

The fit is excellent, especially if you do not like your baselayers to be overly tight. The size small is a neat but flattering fit for my UK10 frame.

I love that the torso is quite long and the arms are long enough for me to use the thumb loops without cutting off the circulation to my hands. It’s very rare that tops have long enough arms for my long arms so this is a major bonus. The thumb loops are wide and comfy, too.

The neck line is round and simple. The colours are lovely. The UPF 50+ protection is great.

I am not at all sure what to make of the Innergy Nylon blend that is infused with a natural mineral that returns infrared energy to the body, giving enhanced muscle recovery and added durability and stretch. Really? I can’t say I noticed tat my muscles recovered better or quicker but perhaps the longevity of the top will prove to be correct. I will report back in years to come.

It’s a versatile top that is suitable for a range of activities, including walking, running and cycling. The price is a bit eye-watering but merino baselayers do tend to be quite expensive.

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