Cool I was hoping you would reply figured you have tried it all. I'll admit to being a UA hater
It just comes off to me as one of those mainstream companies that has some definite functionality but mostly sells image, not unlike Apple which I have no love for either. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm biased or try to explain why.
Its not hard to imagine that it all works, I'm old like most of us, I remember wearing cotton longjohns hehe.
Yea the $$/durability issue with merino and even my patagonia stuff seems really delicate - is definitely easily overcome by other products.