Icebreaker Merino, the pioneering New Zealand brand that introduced merino wool apparel to the outdoor industry, announces new and improved underwear styles for Spring/Summer 2016. The new range for men and women offers all the benefits of previous Icebreaker underwear with significant performance enhanced features, including more versatility and multi-sport functionality than ever before.
“For Spring/Summer 2016 we’ve re-designed the underwear for Men and Women. We’ve brought fantastic improvements to the fit of the entire range, spending countless hours in design, fitting and wear-testing all styles to be certain that every piece is perfect.” says Mark Koppes, VP of Product. Additionally, we’ve improved the durability of all styles by incorporating our Core Spun technology, increasing the burst strength of the fabric by 40%. Improved fit, greater durability, more reasons to love Icebreaker underwear.”
The logic is simple. If you’re active, sweat is the enemy. Soak yourself and you’re going to get cold no matter how puffy your down jacket is. Layering gives you the flexibility to react to changing temperatures and exertion levels (chairlift versus a mogul run)…
A good baselayer feels cozy next to your skin, and will keep you warm and dry. It should be almost skin-tight to avoid uncomfortable bunching. Never wear cotton in the winter: while it can be comfortable for a casual summer hike, it dries too slowly to keep you warm when temperatures plummet. Instead, think synthetic materials or wool for both your top and bottom, which dry quickly and won’t be wet and clammy against your skin…
If you run cold and need a warm baselayer, look to wool. High-quality merino is lightweight, stink-proof, and toasty. Because of its odor-resistance, it’s also a good option for backcountry skiers who plan to spend days in the wild without washing their gear. We like options from Icebreaker and SmartWool—these industry leaders use quality materials and both know how to cut a baselayer well.
…That’s where our Mountain Top Picks come in. Each year, we vote on the best of the best from the past season. And though there’s no awards ceremony, no fancy statuette, not even a cheesy certificate, the winners get the honor of being named a Diva favorite (they can even use this neat little logo, if they like). And really, isn’t that enough?
So now, for your reading pleasure, here are TheSkidiva.com’s selections for this year’s Mountain Top Picks.
Favorite Brand of Baselayers: Icebreaker*