A more than worthy successor to HH's Dry Revolution, the Drynamo LS Crew is an outstanding, genuinely seamless, 3-season baselayer made in Italy. A luxuriously comfortable second skin for those engaged in often uncomfortable and highly dynamic activities.
Colours: Black, Green, Red
Sizes : Large = traditional M to XL (40" - 46"), S = traditional XS to M (35" - 39")
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|Brand / Manufacturer||Megmeister|
|Clothing Section||B1 - Upper Body|
|Clothing Layer||Base & Light Active Layers|
|Sub-Type||Activity - Dynamic|
|Materials||44% Polypropylene Dryarn / 44% Nylon 6.6 / 12% Elastane|
|Properties||Seamless, Hydrophobic, Fitted|
|Package Weight (approx.)||260 g / 9.17 oz|
|Item Weight||185 g / 6.53 oz (Large)|
Since Helly Hansen discontinued their excellent (Dry Revolution / Dry Elite) line of form-hugging, lightweight (3 season) baselayers Scramble have been testing alternatives and in the Megmeister Drynamo have finally found a successor that not only equals but betters the Helly Hansen models.
For an idea of sizing and fit and cut, see Scramble's in-depth review here.
Megmeister is a Dutch brand that manufacture the majority of their apparel in Italy. Importantly, their range of Base Layers are manufactured using Polypropylene rather than Polyester which in Scramble's view (see below) makes all the difference. These unbelievably dry, thermally optimal and genuinely seamless baselayers have helped cement Megmeister's reputation among many of the world's leading sports teams and individuals.
The Drynamo baselayer is ideal for 3 season use (for cool early morning starts and late evening finishes in summer all the way down to around 0 °C, beyond which a winter baselayer would be more appropriate). Scramble are still testing this item, their initial reports are very encouraging and they've made a few available here on SYSTEM.
As Scramble stated in their Base Layer 1/2 Shorts review here, if they were designing such baselayers their choice of materials would be "Polypropylene for its light weight, hydrophobic, thermal, and many other qualities (see below); Polyamide (Nylon) for its toughness and to aid compression and a decent helping of Elastane to provide the necessary stretch for a fitted baselayer". This is exactly what Megmeister have used in their Drynamo series. Here's why:
There are two key differences to the Megmeister Baselayer range that distinguish it from nearly all other brands on the market.
Polypropylene is an ultra-lightweight rapid drying hydrophobic filamentary fibre that moves moisture away from the skin extremely rapidly, so no matter how hard you work you remain feeling dry without over-heating.
No seams means exactly that - no-seams next to the body. Megmeister create their baselayers using a unique patented machine weave construction that results in creating each garment from one piece of fabric that only requires the garment to be cut from the machines and bonded together seamlessly. They also, very sensibly don't use any annoying labels.
The only other thing to note is that the weight of these baselayers is 40g heavier than the Helly Dry Revolution / Dry Elite. This is for two main reasons:
These baselayers don't pack down as small as the Helly Hansen versions and so make an ideal primary baselayer. If you need to pack backups/spares Scramble recommend looking at the polypropylene-based F-Lite Ultralight 70 Long Shirt (which packs down small and weighs a little over 100g).
Fabric Composition: 44% Polypropylene Dryarn / 44% Nylon 6.6 / 12% Elastane
Care Instructions: Machine wash 30°C - Do Not Tumble Dry
Due to the seamlessness and high stretch (12% Elastane) of this garment, Megmeister are able to offer limited sizes to fit a wide range of customers. Their sizing is as follows:
Small (S/M): Chest = 34" - 39"
Large (L/XL): Chest = 39" - 46" (in the short term we'll likely only offer this size - which really covers traditional Medium to Extra Large - Scramble's editor is a size 42" and the Large is a great fit).
So what's so special about Polypropylene? Well, quite a bit ...
From the standpoint of a lightweight baselayer it's hard to envisage a more appropriate material: