Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Slalom Zip
I decided to start experimenting with wool base layers…
Fabric: Merino wool
Price Paid: $65
I decided to start experimenting with wool base layers for both the ski season this past year and also for a climb in Ecuador this summer. This shirt was the first that I purchased, and it has completely sold me on the merits of wool.
My favorite things about the shirt: 1) thumb loops - why every base layer doesn't have these I don't understand. They are comfortable, they make it easy to pull other layers on over top, and they make sure that the shirt always covers your wrist and upper part of your hands; 2) the fit - the shirt is not a trim-fitting shirt. It can certainly be worn as an against-the-skin layer, or you can wear another lighterweight base layer underneath if you want to. I used this shirt in conjunction with Icebreaker's U-turn shirt and was very happy with the combination. 3) minimal stench after days of use - the marketing around this aspect of wool is not hype. 4) The zip-neck provides options for additional ventilation or complete coverage of your neck.
The downsides: 1) heavier than an equivalent synthetic shirt, and requires more attention to proper care; 2) takes longer to dry than a synthetic shirt - although this is more noticeable when the shirt is soaked than just normal moisture due to exercise.
Bottom line: this has become a staple of my outdoor clothing when the temperature starts getting cooler. It looks great, fits well and functions perfectly.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Description of Icebreaker Midweight Slalom ZipZip around the flags in this top and youll have the perfect run. The Slalom Zips versatile three way zip collar wear it zipped up, zipped down or zipped up and folded over and incredible breathability make it an ideal action top.FeaturesZip neck collarSet-in sleevesSelf fabric side stripeFits close to the bodyIcebreaker embroidered logo and pip label
- US Outdoor Store
Don't let your neck take on the brunt of winter when you ski; the Icebreaker Men's BodyFit260 Slalom Top has a high zipped collar that you can wear up when the snow is falling sideways. Wear the collar zipped down or zipped and folded over when you don't need quite so much coverage. This long-sleeve, merino wool underwear top helps you stay warm and dry while you wait to race, while you speed between the gates, and while stand around waiting for the final results.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Slalom Zip has a host of features including the 3 way collar, sleeve and body stripe, thumbloops, drop tail, reverse zip. 3 way collar (Zip up, zip down or zip up & fold over) Striped sleeve and side seam Reverse zip (does not show teeth)
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