I am very pleased with the (heavy) weight, fit, and finish on this sweater. I have been looking for a merino 1/4 zip that was almost indistinguishable from cotton in feel, but offered the warmth of wool. This seems to be it. The weave is the tightest I've ever seen for merino. There is absolutely no loose fiber for scratching. It is super smooth to the touch. The color is just shy of total black, with a hint of a washed or gray tinge. I am told that is just a product of the particular batch of wool. I hope I can get other products with that shade. The weight is substantial without it being bulky and that is what I wanted. My only complaint is that, for now, the lengths are made long to both accommodate all heights of wearers and for tucking in. I'm going to wear mine out and may have it tailored. They say that a future plan is to offer different lengths.