Icebreaker GT 200 L/S Chase Zip
As a base layer, merino wool is truly exceptional.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $70-ish
As a base layer, merino wool is truly exceptional. Icebreaker makes among the highest quality available, and the attention to detail is excellent. Though the price is also exceptionally high, I have zero regrets about purchasing and using Icebreaker in any serious outdoor pursuit. You can't make it stink!
- Well designed
- Attention to detail
- Fine quality Merino wool does NOT smell even after multi-day use.
- Not good in the dryer
- Eventually fine fibers get thinned out and can tear.
Icebreaker next-to-skin underwear is really unlike any other product I've used; at my age and duration of active outdoor pursuits, that is a big statement. I've used every synthetic made since Lifa PolyPro, as well as silk and good old union suit cotton.
Merino Wool, and specifically Icebreaker's super-high end version, is easily the best comfort over a wide range of temperature/activity combinations, and uniquely will not smell up your car, your pack, or your girlfriend. That is not a small factor for many. And for those of you for whom B.O. is not a consideration, well, we already know (trust me).
The GT200 tech top (M's large tested) is the perfect piece for cooler weather cycling, skiing, and climbing. The zip is deep and although not particularly attractive when fully opened, goes well below the solar plexus allowing maximum direct venting/cooling.
The zip at the neck is a tricky bit of business that cheaper quality underwear usually gets wrong; this results in annoying, painful and distracting catching on beard stubble and unwanted rubbing in a sensitive area of the body.
The overall fit is dreamlike, a perfect blend of stretch woven through the fine wool fibers. Simple, flat-stitched thumb holes, neckline finish and zipper trim makes the lines clean and minimal.
The only possible downfall of this top of the line base layer piece is the top of the line price. Also important to keep it out of the electric dryer; if it does go in, the fit can be re-relaxed with another cycle and a hang dry. Once you start investing in Icebreaker or other high-end Merino pieces, you'll be vigilant on the laundry factor for sure. And after just a few uses in the field, the price will be fully justified plus plus.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Soft and never scratchy, Icebreaker's fine New Zealand merino wool insulates you against the elements--and the Men's Long-Sleeve GT200 Chase 1/4-Zip Shirt does precisely this, with a killer athletic cut and flatlock seams to boot. Eyelet gussets add extra freedom of movement, and a deep front zip boosts airflow when you break a sweat. But don't sweat a little sweat though (sorry, couldn't help ourselves)--wool allows perspiration to evaporate away while still in vapor form, so it won't ever pool up on your skin. A drop-tail hem covers your lower back when you lean into a ski turn, reach for a climbing hold, or extend a trekking pole for your next step up the mountain.
- Backcountry Outlet
Icebreaker's Chase Zip 200 LS is a perfect combination of form and function. Design details such as flatlock seams and eyelet gussets give freedom of movement and increase ventilation, while the collar and sleeve binding provides extra protection against winter weather.
A perfect combination of form and function, Icebreaker's Chase Zip provides freedom of movement and ventilation panels for sporting performance.
Discontinued . Cozy and ready to take the chill off your next adventure, Icebreakerand#39;s Chase base layer top offers a luxuriously soft, performance-rated midweight merino wool with a versatile, layer-friendly zip neck. Available Colors: LAPIS. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.
- Sierra Trading Post