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Best wool base layer out there,
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This review is from: Icebreaker Men's Oasis Crewe Bodyfit 200 (Sports Apparel)
I got this top because I found some issues with other wool base layers. Weights under 200 are too fragile, but over 200 tends to be to hot and slow drying once sweat soaked . My Smartwool medium weight, while a fine top, tended to lose its shape after 3 days in the field and the seams on the arms tended migrate from under my arm, around the inside, till the seam stopped on the top of my wrists.
This 200 weight Icebreaker solves all those issues. The neck never loses shape and the body never wrinkles or gets loose due to the elasticity of the fabric. The sleeves and seams stay put and the whole shirt is as good on day 3 as day 1. It still does not stink in the field. Its light enough to not be prone to sweating out by exertion, but warm enough to wear alone in cool weather.
I had some concerns upon purchase. There were old reviews of this shirt that mentioned heat transfered label on the shirt coming off with wear, the shirt does not reccomend machine drying, and the sizing, which is based on chest size seemed off from other clothes. The shirt now uses a high quality embroidered logo on the chest so the heat transfered logo is no longer an issue. I have continually machine washed and dried this shirt and it holds up even better than Smartwool, which reccomends a machine dry. Finally, the sizing is dead on if you use the chest sizing. At 6'2" 205, I wear an XL or sometimes a L in loose clothing. My chest size is exactly 46" which Icebreaker says is XXL. While different than other manufacturers, their sizing recommendation was dead on. This shirt is tighter than the Smartwool medium weights but not Underarmor tight. The ad picture is an accurate representation of fit if you follow the sizing recommendations. MEASURE YOUR CHEST BEFORE ORDERING. Once you get the shirt, cut out the label on the inside of the body, its annoying.
All in all this is the best wool base layer made. Better than Smartwool, Patagonia, Minus 33 degrees, or anyone else.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 2:05:34 AM PST
Hsu Hung Sen says:
I want to take a brief moment to say thank you.. great review..
Posted on Jan 19, 2014 9:33:53 PM PST
I appreciate anyone's opinion, but icebreaker does not compare to minus 33. Minus 33's baselayers are, in my opinion much softer and fit better. Regardless of my opinion, minus 33 clothes simply last longer. I purchased this garment based off of your review and regret it. I wore it for less than thirty days on a pacific crest trail thru hike and had to get rid of it because the garment was falling apart. While I consider icebreaker comparable to smartwool or ibex, nothing compares to minus 33. I am currently wearing a minus 33 baselayer top and icebreaker full zip merino hooded jacket. I am happy with both but the minus 33 feel and fit is in a league of its own. I find it hard to believe that you have tried minus 33... in fact, I'm going to call you out and say that you haven't.
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