Deciding on the Icebreaker layer for you!

Posted: Jan 21 2016

Icebreaker have a wide range of clothing perfect for all activities and lifestyle. Due to their huge range, our customers sometimes find it difficult to choose which item is the right one for them so we've created a blog with a handy guide for you!

Every Day Pieces

If you're looking for an every day thermal base layer where the main function of the item is to keep you warm then we would recommend the Everyday Range. Perfect for wearing under work clothes, walking the dog, watching the kids play football etc. This range is 200gm and is available in Underwear, Short and Long Sleeve Tops, Half Zip Sweaters and Leggings.

If you're looking for something more technical that can be used for all cooler weather activities such as Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Rambling, Climbing, Running, Cycling, as well as for wearing under your every day clothes then the Oasis Range is for you. This range is 200gm and is available in Underwear, Short and Long Sleeve Tops, Half Zip Sweaters and Leggings.

For use in colder weather we would recommend the Tech Range which is a thicker weight at 260gm.  

Remember with Icebreaker Merino Wool Clothing, the higher the weight, the warmer you will be.

If you're looking for a thicker and warmer, more casual sweater there's also plenty of choice. The Cascade for Women and Sierra for Men ranges are gorgeous REALFleece Sweaters made from 200gm Merino Wool mixed with a small amount of Nylon and Lycra. These sweaters look and feel great whether you're popping out to the shops or going for a full on hike or run. 

For those of you who really feel the cold but want something stylish and in season, check out the Women's Boreal LS Cowl  and the Men's Original LS Half Zip. Made from 320gm weight and 100% Merino Wool these sweaters will keep you amazingly warm and comfortable!

Shop all our Every day pieces HERE

Performance Pieces

If you're looking for more of a performance piece for sports and exercise there's a wide range to choose from. 

The Zone Range is Icebreaker's latest range of technical clothing made with their BodyfitZonetechnology and designed specifically for high impact sports. This range has strategically placed merino mesh for ventilation, gusseted side panels for ease of movement and athletic styling. At 200gm this range is perfect for year round use and is available in Long Sleeve Crewes, Half Zip Baselayers, Leggings, 3/4 Leggings and Half Zip sweaters for Men and Women. 

The Atom Range, made from Icebreaker RealFLEECE technology is the same 200gm weight but due to the RealFLEECE technology this range comes up 2 x warmer than normal Merino. This range is incredibly soft and comfortable and would be perfect for the slopes or if you really feel the cold and are in colder temperatures. The Icebreaker Atom Range is made from 200gm Merino Wool with a touch of Nylon and Lycra for ease of movement and designed to be slim fitting.

Looking for a warmer weight? The Quantum Range has Vests and Hooded Sweaters made from 260gm Merino Wool with 2% Lycra. This range comes in gorgeous bright colours with mesh underarms for maximum breathability, reflective zips for safety when exercising outside and secure zippered pockets for your essentials!

For something that will look great for both exercise or for every day wear check out the Victory Range made from unbrushed terry merino and is a regular fit in the 200gm weight.

For an Icebreaker Merino Wool Sweater in a looser fit, then check out the Sierra range for Men and Cascade range for Women.  These are available with or without a hood, have a full front zip and are a 200gm Merino Wool in a looser styling. 

The Oasis and Tech ranges are also widely used by our customers for all sports and exercise, but if you're looking for added technical features like the gusseted side panels or mesh underarms then we would recommend the Icebreaker Merino Wool Zone, Atom and Quantum Ranges as described above.

We hope that has been helpful in explaining the differences between the ranges and helping you decide which is the perfect range or product for you. 

And remember with Icebreaker Merino Wool Clothing, the higher the weight, the warmer you will be.

If you're still unsure of which is right for you, give us a call and we are always happy to go through your requirements and assist you in finding that perfect item.

Shop all our performance pieces HERE

Handy Guide


 Range Weight Fit Merino Fabric
Everyday 200gm Slim Rib Knit
Oasis 200gm Slim Jersey Knit
Cascade 200gm Regular RealFLEECE
Sierra 200gm Regular RealFLEECE
Zone 200gm Slim Jersey Knit
Victory 200gm Regular Unbrushed Terry
Atom 200gm Slim RealFLEECE
Tech 260gm Regular Jersey Knit
Quantum 260gm Slim Jersey Knit
Original 320gm Regular Unbrushed Terry


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