Icebreaker Bodyfit Base Layer

When considering a new baselayer, I need to know I can sweat, freeze, and layer easily. I need to wear it under or on top and wear it a lot without wearing it out. Icebreaker’s 100% Merino Wool Bodyfit baselayer is a technical baselayer that holds up against abuse and over time but is still stylish enough to where casually.

I wear both the Bodyfit leggings and the long sleeve half zip all the time. Actually, I never want to get out of them because they are so comfortable. I could sleep in them and also go out with them as my regular everyday wear. Jeans slide right over the leggings to keep me warm during a winter outing in town. I also took this set up Mount Si several times and sweat through it, but stayed warm even when soaking wet. I love wool for that reason!

Icebreaker wool washes easily with regular treatment. I didn’t notice any color fading or pilling of the fabric. I even threw it in the dryer. Icebreaker specifically says NOT to do this, but I am testing it, I have to push it’s limits so that when your 14-year old daughter puts it in with her jeans, you know what happens.  It did shrink up a bit, like wool does when you tumble dry, and it started to show signs of pilling, so to keep your gorgeous style going, I’d follow Icebreaker’s recommendation to hang dry.

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Icebreaker uses 100% New Zealand Merino wool in their products and you can track and see where your piece came from. I was drawn to watch the video about the farm where my piece originated. And my impression of the company is fabulous. Everyone I dealt with was happy to talk to me and proud of their product. I point this out because I have had quite the opposite experience with some other wool base layer companies. This is something that matters to me.

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Pros

-Soft wool – very comfortable

-Great style – from color to cut and detailing, well designed

-Works as a technical base layer and as a top layer

-Easy care, long wear: no pilling or fading in the wash

-Kind, personable company

Cons

-Not for the dryer (hang dry only)

-I’d like one heavier than the 260 gram – a full heavyweight baselayer in this for my winter climbs.

-More colors, please!

Icebreaker Technical Details

Date available: Available now

Manufacturer’s Website: Icebreaker

MSRP: Bodyfit 200 Leggings: $79 / Bodyfit Tech half zip top: $99

Materials: 100% Merino wool

Size/Model tested: Women’s Large (also comes in Men’s)

Colors Available: Black, teal

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About the author

A native of Minnesota, Erika moved to Seattle in the late 90s and immediately fell in love with the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She is a photographer, specializing in landscapes, though she enjoys capturing people as well. Her travels have taken her from Newfoundland to Belize, From Paris to Nepal. She has written a book about her trek through Nepal and is the editor of SBM. Erika currently resides in Kirkland with her husband and two sons.

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