Icebreaker uses magnificent merino wool in its Men's BodyFit 260 Tech Zip-Neck Top to keep you unbelievably comfortable at the ski resort. It regulates your body temperature so you stay warm and cool when you need to. It's naturally antimicrobial so it'll smell fresh even when you can't do laundry between ski days. The Tech features a zip neck collar to let out some steam after an intense ride, forward side seams to prevent chafing, offset shoulder seams to prevent rubbing when you have a backpack on, and a drop-tail hem for added coverage when you bend over to cinch up your bindings.
Icebreaker Bodyfit260 Tech Top - Men's:
The Icebreaker Bodyfit 260 Tech Top features a three-way collar: zip it up; zip it down; or roll it. Additional perks include thumb loops, a dropped tail, and raglan sleeves. Brilliantly breathable and odor resistant, this is a true Winter staple, sure to be reached for again and again.
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Decided to purchase these after having less-than-spectacular experiences with polyester-based undergarments, and I have been truly satisfied with manner in which they have performed.
I've only been able to take them out into truly algid weather a couple times, so I cannot speak to their ability to keep you warm in conditions broaching the 'teens, or below zero. However, when wearing this upper, an IB BodyFit 260 Apex Legging, and a Marmot softshell pant and jacket, I hiked around and played in the snow comfortably when temperatures were dipping as low as the +20s without experiencing anything remotely resembling disagreeable cold, body-wise.
The sewn-in thumb holes are a definite plus, and the fact that it is a semi-turtle neck when totally zipped up is also a major positive factor in my view.
Important to note, this upper is more of an athletic fit, so it runs more slim at the waist, while the chest is designed to have a little bit of stretch for those of you who don't want to size up and deal with a baggy, saggy merino midriff - what would be the point of getting a baselayer if it didn't hug you, anyways? (e.g. according to the IB sizing chart, I should be a Medium (measurements are ~ 29in Waist, 38.5in chest), but I received it and immediately returned it the next day. The Small fits splendidly).
All in all, a great top. I would caution against wearing any merino base layer without something over top of it if going on a backpacking trip, though. At least in my experience, merino typically cannot withstand the abuse a backpack's straps and pads may put on the fabric while against your skin. Other than that, great piece of underwear. I recommend entirely.
*Oh, an additional note, if you are going to be dashing in and out of town for a multi-day/-week trip, make sure you have ample time to let this garment air-dry. Do NOT put it in a dryer or you risk major shrinkage.*
I'm now smitten with merino as a base layer material. It makes me wonder why I used cotton in the first place and who better to go to than Icebreaker with the BodyFit 260 Tech Zip-Neck Top.
The mid-weight amount of insulation was very adept at keeping me regulated temperature wise even at a high rate of work. Also, the Merino quality is BOMBER and no feelings of pilling here at all. The fit is slightly on the athletic side, but with my build (5'11" 185, slightly wider shoulders and narrower waist) the large size fit pretty well. The thumb holes are a big plus as their location is near perfect and I also did enjoy the style of the colors.
A few things to mention though. The material blend, while it didn't chafe much at all, had a tiny bit of scratchiness to it and while I was okay someone with super sensitive skin might at least want to wash it a few times before extensive wearing. I'm also not a super big tall turtleneck individual and it does ride a bit high and tight on the neck.
An overall pretty good winter type baselayer for those peeps out there who love the stylish turtleneck types with functionality.
Unlike the Icebreaker crew that I also bought, the zip-neck top runs large i.e. around the torso. I would have sized down had I tried this before buying.