Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Icebreaker Run Rush LS Crewe and Run Rush 3/4 Tight

Icebreaker Merino Wool - Think Don't Stink
To survive his extreme mountain environment, the New Zealand merino has a thin coat in summer and a heavy coat in winter. If his coat didn’t breathe in summer, he’d die of heat exhaustion. If his coat didn’t insulate in winter, he’d die of cold.Icebreaker translated this miracle all-weather fibre into a clothing system that gives people the same freedom to push their limits in the outdoors.  Icebreaker merino forms a buffer zone around your body, keeping you at an ideal temperature in all climates and conditions. It’s also lightweight, odour- resistant and soft against the skin – all qualities that will help you to perform at your peak. 
Icebreaker was born in 1994 after the late Sir Peter Blake set a world circumnavigation record wearing the first Bodyfit 260 prototype.   "Icebreaker is superior in every way to anything I've ever worn. I wore it for 40 days and 40 nights and it didn't itch or get whiffy.... I wear my icebreaker under my wet weather gear, under my dry suit when diving, round the boat, and to bed at night." Peter Blake KBE Skipper ENZA, Trophee Jules Verne

I was very excited when I received both the Run Rush LS Crewe and the Run Rush 3/4 Tight.  These garments are part of the GT Run series which are designed specifically for runners. 
  • Made from Merino with LYCRA®
  • Naturally anti-microbial to keep you odour free
  • Wide scoop neckline
  • GT150, lightest performance fabric
  • Thumb Loops
  • Eyelet panels for breathability
  • Cord management loop at centre back neckline
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Reflective piping at right shoulder
  • Back stash pocket (3/4 Tight)
  • Shaped hem
  • Icebreaker logo and GT wordmark   

I'm very fussy when it comes to wearing wool, but I have to say that these garments are not scratchy at all.  Unlike traditional wool which is heavy, prickly and needs to be hand washed, Icebreaker wool is a superfine merino which is finer, softer, more insulating and more breathable and can be machine washed.   

I wore these for several runs, and although made for running, I also wore them skiing.  In my eagerness, I first wore them for a run while it was still below freezing - other than my exposed shins, the rest of my body felt warm and comfortable.  Even after working up a sweat, I stayed warm and the garments retained their shape.  They did not feel heavy or droopy.  In addition, they were the perfect base layer for spring skiing in Colorado, and when the temperature topped 40, the only layer I wore under my shell.  The 3/4 Tight fit perfectly - hitting just above my ski socks to create a smooth surface on my shins.  I wore them for 3 solid days of skiing without washing.  Even my mother agreed they didn't get "whiffy".  They really lived up to their "no stink" claim.  I couldn't imagine wearing any synthetic fabric for 3 days without washing! 

Not only does Icebreaker make a great product, but they're also environmentally conscious.  Their product is made from nature and is inherently self-sustainable and made with integrity.  Each garment has a Baacode which can be typed in to trace a garment from source to shelf.

I highly recommend Icebreaker, especially for those looking for a natural performance clothing alternative.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Icebreaker via the Jam Collective. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.


  1. On top of their performance qualities, you looked awesome in them! :)

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