on October 9, 2013
This Icebreaker base layer is great. It keeps my core warm in the winter without adding a lot of bulk. In the summer, I wear it as a stand alone t-shirt for yoga (where I want a slim fit), and true to its promise, it wicks moisture and actually keeps me cool. What I love most about my Icebreaker shirt is that unlike other performance fabrics, it doesn't get stinky after the first couple of times I've sweated in it. (My microfiber t-shirts from Nike, Adidas and the like eventually get a permanent stench in them that won't wash out no matter how many washings, no matter how hot of water, no matter what type of detergent.) Despite being wool, the shirt is machine washable. The instructions on the label say to air dry flat, but when I've been in a hurry to have it clean again, I've chanced drying it in the dryer on low, and it has still come out fine. The only reason this isn't five stars is that while it *is* less itchy than traditional wool, my sensitive skin does still find it slightly scratchy. It's definitely not as smooth and comfortable as cotton. I've gotten used to it and the benefits of this unique fabric far outweigh the slight scratchiness, but the claims that it's not at all scratchy aren't 100% true.