With the Holiday Season fully upon us, it’s time to grant loved ones their gear wishes. Whether their passion of choice is hiking, ascending mountains, or just good ol’ fashioned outdoor revelry, we’ve got you covered…
Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood
A truly useful tool can do more than one thing, and that’s the beauty behind this seriously versatile piece of outerwear from the merino specialists at Icebreaker. Made from midweight 260gm merino terry fabric, the Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood is ready for anything with a heavy dose of luxury and style. With raglan sleeves, flatlock seams and a fitted hood. It’s so comfortable, so easy to move in, you’ll want to wear it for every cool weather activity. And because it resists odor naturally, you can. Simply put, the Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood is the Porsche of the hoodie world.
I’m sure for many of you, Icebreaker has long been on your radar, if not it should be. Similar to Smartwool, they specialize in Merino wool baselayers, midlayers, accessories, and so on, for a variety of different outdoor sports. Merino wool combines the best qualities of traditional wool, cotton and synthetics. Soft, non-itch warmth in the cold and cool in the heat. Breathable to prevent clamminess and the awesome ability to keep your hiker stench at bay. Icebreaker also allows you to trace where the wool in your baselayer (or whatever layer) comes from by their “BAAcodes”, which is pretty darn neat.
I’ve had the Quantum Hoodie for just about 2 months now and have tested it in a multitude of ways, hiking, cycling, everyday, and backpacking, in the Portland, OR area. Two activities I have yet to test it during are running and below freezing hiking temps. Icebreaker labels this as a cool-weather running piece, so it’s a snug fit and has some good reflecting abilities.