I got myself a nice little twin set (no pearls included) Icebreaker set up especially for my presenting role at ISPO 2017 with InTheSnow Magazine.
Here’s an example, but there’s loads more on their YouTube channel.
I really enjoyed wearing this kit and since then, I’ve travelled to various ski resorts and used it extensively – here’s what I thought it about.
Let’s start with the T-Shirt – yes ok, it’s ‘just’ a t-shirt, but it’s a Merino version and that makes the difference. It looks understated but the colour and design are really nice without being in your face.
The best thing about it is that I’ve worn the t-shirt for a week every day and it doesn’t smell badly. Normally I wear a t-shirt for a day before washing it. To be fair, I haven’t skied in it, but it’s a great après ski garment that is robust, light and looks good too.
The Mid Layer – Men’s Ellipse Jacket
Firstly, the Men’s Merinoloft Ellipse jacket is designed for exercise. It has an insulated wool body with a lightweight back and arms – I have seen comments about this jacket saying it’s not warm enough, but they miss the point. The wool insulation at the front and only the front of the jacket keeps you warm but because the rest is lightweight Merino wool you don’t overheat when exercising. I also found that it worked indoors, with a comfortable feel that didn’t become too much.
It’s the kind of jacket that you could wear around town and even out to dinner, it’s smart and well cut with or without the zip done up.
It would make up a nice part of a ski touring set up, along with perhaps a slightly heavier mid layer garment and a shell jacket. Over the top of a single baselayer, it’s all you’d need in most temperatures.
There’s also a handy little chest pocket for headphones, ear plugs, chocolate, sunglasses cloth, sun cream, cash…..
A great all round garment – to be worn in winter when active, in spring when less so and perhaps even on a summer’s evening.
FABRIC WEIGHT: 230 Midweight
FABRIC: Main fabric face: 230gm, 75% Merino wool, 25% Polyester
Good for: Active sports, staying warm without getting too hot and keeping the smells at bay
Rating: 9.5 out of 10