Last winter when I was running, I couldn’t seem to get the right mix of clothes. I either layered up too much and was way too warm or I didn’t layer up enough and was freezing!
This year, I had the opportunity to learn about a company that specializes in outdoor clothing by utilizing natural fibers to keep you warm or cool in any condition. The company, Icebreaker, is a sustainable company and says on its website: “Our role is not to create the latest “technical” fibre…”
Recently I had the opportunity to sample two of their products — Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood and Comet Long Sleeve Crew.
The Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood comes in five different colors – mineral/grapefruit, black, raspberry/shocking, lupin/aquamarine and alpine/lupin. I sampled the mineral/grapefruit, which is predominently gray with an orange zipper.
I also tried out the base layer called the Comet Long Sleeve Crew. This is a shirt I would wear under the Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood. This shirt comes in Alpine/Aquamarine (blue), maroon/shocking (maroon), and black/panther.
For such a basic piece of winter apparel, down insulation coats have experienced a surprising degree of innovation… Here are a few of the best on the market right now.
MerinoLOFT Helena Long-Sleeve Zip
Icebreaker pairs its legendary merino wool fabric—already a traveler’s best friend—with a new “MerinoLOFT” technology, with 70 to 130 grams of insulation created by forging synthetic fill with up to 10% recycled merino that insulates even when soaking wet. It also boasts a mixture of woven twill merino, and recycled poly for weather protection.
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Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava
This midweight insulation balaclava is ideal for varying temperatures because it’s made from Merino wool so it warms when it’s cold outside and cools when it’s warm outside. Breathable, odor resistant, and very soft.
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