I have spent the last few months wearing some remarkable merino wool items by Icebreaker. I have been hooked the last few summers on wearing merino wool throughout the dog days of summer and Icebreaker has impressed. I was provided a Tech T Lite, Tech Polo, and Distance Short.
The Tech T Lite feels super lightweight and super soft. The merino wool pulls any sign of moisture right off the skin and transfers away. The breath ability and quick dry natural fiber is amazing in this tee as well as all the Icebreaker items. After many washes the shirt remains form fitting. Range of use is ridiculous from any highly active workout to lounging in a soft, comfortable t-shirt.
As far as versatility the shirt has been an ace in the hole all summer. The feel of the Tech Polo is that of a lightweight tee shirt with a collar which makes for the best golf shirt I have probably ever worn. This is a casual shirt that can be worn at the golf course, BBQ, the office and on the trail.
The only thing about this Ultralite 150 and it’s SuperFine weight is it’s durability. I have found this not only with Icebreaker but with other wool clothing companies that make a more lightweight blend of merino. Little holes began to appear near the bottom of the shirt about after three-four months of (a lot of) wear and wash (all items laid flat to dry). Any issues are quick to be resolved at any company providing top quality merino products which provides confidence in the product and future purchases. This is a great shirt for weekend travel in the summer as it can be worn multiple times without the stink and wear of cotton.
Of all the merino wool product I have worn or reviewed I have never tried out shorts. The Distant Short is made for primarily for running, but I found them great for a routine at the gym or time on the mat at the yoga studio. They came with a liner but I still felt the need to where a my underwear. Anyway, they performed just as any merino tops and exceeded expectation as who would think wool shorts become the go to for an any highly active pursuit.
With all the synthetic alternatives out there they still can’t beat nature’s gift of merino wool.
It’s no secret that I love merino wool and Ibex in particular. I was sold on them shortly after they came onto the scene in 1998. I still own and wear the same products that I bought back then and in subsequent years. The merino wool of today is not only for the colder months. The last few summers all I have liked to wear is wool t-shirts for casual and active wear. The feel is soft and luxurious on the skin.
The beauty of merino wool is the itch free and no stink factor. No joke- you could wear a top hiking all day and put the same top on the next day without any stink. It has led me to light packing when traveling as I know I can get a couple days out each Ibex shirt I pack. The wide temperature range merino wool can be worn is another compelling point worth passing along. The wool is super breathable and pulls all moisture away from the skin. Okay, point is Spring 2011 line is now out!
I would like to to note that this review is based on the Ibex product I have purchased in the past and I don’t own any of the Spring product…YET! They did invite me up to their headquarters in White River Junction, VT recently to see the Spring line. The dogs of the office were acting a little aloof now that they have been featured in the centerfold of the Spring catalog!
I took some pictures to share with you but I highly recommend heading to the Ibex store at 303 Newbury Street to touch and try on for yourself. Thank me later when you leave with a shirt that you want to wear everyday.
Here are a few of my favorites for men and women…
If you aren’t able to get to the store on Newbury Street, be sure to check out their entire Spring 2011 lineup on the Ibex Clothing website. I was lucky enough to pick up a Full Zip Shak Hoody at the Newbury Street location recently as part of their Winter Sale..although I still won’t part with my 8 year old Shak mid-layer.
An excellent night was had by all that attended the Winter Warming event at the recently opened Ibex store located at 303 Newbury Street. Many folks were taking advantage of the 20% off the entire store last night. I meant to pick up a very nice piece for my wife, Leigh, but I got caught in the moment and left without it….boo.
I met some great people last night and reconnected with others. It was a pleasure to meet Julie (@verdejulie) from Verde PR as she did an excellent job packing the store. Although, having American Flatbread Pizza with their mobile brick oven parked out front didn’t hurt along with the VT beers flowing and of course Hot Toddies. Anyone have a photo of the oven set up to share? If so, please add to comments.
Many faces from the Ibex family including the Top Sheep himself graced the store with their presence and their welcome smiles. The social media presence was also well represented and pictured below: @swimmykimy (Kim), @bostontweet (Tom), Ally, @foodtorunfor (Liz), @boloco (Sara-in background) amongst other I may have not met.
I suggest you drop into the store before your shopping is complete for the Holidays. If you are anything like me…I tend to buy gifts that will last many years and Ibex is no doubt an investment that keeps giving back for years.
Thank you to Ibex for hosting such a great event with fun people and local VT food and drink.
sidenote: This time I made it home without hitting the pavement.
Please join me in celebrating the coming of Winter Thursday, December 2nd at the Ibex Flagship store, 303 Newbury Street. Be there for your chance to win a weekend for two at Stowe or score the $500 Ibex gear upgrade. Local beer and wine to be served along with American Flatbread Pizza bringing their tastiness down from VT. Great opportunity to pick up a holiday gift that will be around for many more holiday seasons. Ibex is generously offering 20% off the entire store which includes merino wool and organic cotton product lines from 5-8pm.