Four times. When you like something, you wear it a lot, and when it’s four times in the first week, that tells you something.
I love wool, for any season (Wool T shirts and socks all summer, sure.) Wool is warm and, more important, warm when wet. It naturally wicks and repels moisture, and repels odor as well. We all long ago dispensed with the idea that wool is itchy, right? If not, give it up now; you’re a walking anachronism. This shirt is especially soft and silky, with an easy-peasy fit.
You can pull the Icebreaker Tech Lite Long Sleeve Crew Low Neck over a tank for gym use—my gym is 60 to 62 degrees, so I often wear something like this all session—or wear it as a base layer for skiing, ski touring or alpine climbing. It can work for a lot of conditions: It has the warmth of wool but is light enough that you won’t cook if the sun comes out and bakes your winter crag.
Founded in 1994, the New Zealand-based company Icebreaker was an early innovator in humane and ethical wool-sourcing practices, in 1997 setting up longterm contracts with merino sheep farmers. The company, in its sustainability report, pledges to reach 0 percent use of acrylic this year, and to use only all natural fiber (no remaining synthetics) by 2023.
There is one issue with wool. It’ll cost you. I think wool is worth it, and I’ll spring for it. This item costs a hundo, but I expect to wear it about that many times.
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