Icebreaker Merino Clothing
Started in 1994, Icebreaker was the product of an encounter between 24-year-old New Zealander Jeremy Moon, and a sheep famer’s underwear. Looking for a means to fund a trip to the USA to visit his American girlfriend, Moon was so impressed with the soft, lustrous warmth of Brian Brackenridge’s prototype merino leggings in a world dominated by synthetic clothing, that he was inspired to create a business around merino wool garments. Re-mortgaging his house and taking out multiple loans to fund the project, Icebreaker was born.
Today, Icebreaker is the biggest and best- known name in merino wool outdoor wear, producing a full layering system of merino wool garments from base layers to jackets. This is entirely thanks to the fact that people love the way it feels. They also love the way it performs in action, with its unparalleled softness, excellent insulating properties and natural odour control – so efficient that Icebreaker garments have been worn continuously for periods of over 100 days. Icebreaker merino garments are also machine washable, highly durable and ecologically friendly. You can even trace the origin of your merino wool yourself on the Icebreaker website – the definition of a traceable supply chain!
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Bridgedale Merino Fusion technology combines Merino Wool with Coolmax to provide balanced insulation with the highest levels of comfort. Merino wool is the finest wool used in socks giving excellent insulation and next-to-skin softness. The Coolmax rapidly transports moisture away from the skin leaving your feet dry, warm and comfortable.
Merino Wool is used in construction of garments in order to achieve high leels of comfort and durability. Merino Wool also has the ability to naturally break down smell emitting microbes, leaving you fresh after long days hiking, skiing or relaxing.
DWR. Durable Water Repellent, is a coating added to fabrics to help add to their water repellency and shed water and snow more effectively.
Lightweight products feature lightweight materials and constructions to reduce the user’s load and aid mobility. Lightweight clothing products are thin and provide very little or no cushioning and insulation. They are best used for high-intensity or warm-weather pursuits, or employed as part of a layering system.
Made partly or entirely from man-made or synthetic materials. These enables the manufacturer to select materials to suit the objectives of their product, for example to achieve light weight, high breathability, or abrasion resistance.
Made from carbon fibre, an alternative to metals with very high tensile strength, and low weight. Often referred to simple as ‘carbon’, it is an expensive premium product, but pays dividends in weight-centric pursuits such as trail running.
Stretch garments are constructed from fabrics that allow varying degrees of stretch, providing additional freedom of movement. Useful in highly mobile pursuits where movement must not be inhibited.
Drop Tail jackets and tops feature a longer cut at the back than the front, to provide extra coverage for your bum during athletic pursuits, in particular cycling. A waist-length cut at the front of the garment ensures that the wearer’s legs remain unrestricted.
Midweight refers to products of intermediate weight or thickness, providing moderate levels of cushioning and insulation. They are best used for pursuits in cool weather, or to provide moderate support and protection for the feet in the case of Midweight socks.
Dry.Q Elite from Mountain Hardwear is a waterproof technology that features slight air permeability. It also has no PU layer, which aids breathability. Large pores allow water vapour to pass uninhibited through the membrane, aided by the 2-directional movement of air. Dry.Q Elite is found on top-spec Mountain Hardwear waterproof garments.