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Icebreaker Merino Wool Provides Warmth and Comfort

Old Man Winter reminded us this weekend that spring is still a few weeks away. I welcome the return of snow and cold, as it tends to sharpen my anticipation of spring’s arrival. To stay warm and dry on blustery days, it’s important to give some thought to base layer selection. My preference for base layers is merino wool. The great thing about wool, specifically, merino wool, is that it keeps you warm on cold days and cool on warm days. Icebreaker offers a variety of merino wool base layers to keep you comfortable out on the trail.  One of my current favorites is the Oasis V Dusk from the Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Lightweight line.  This top is in the middle temperature range of the Bodyfit line, making it a perfect choice for cool days.  The Oasis V Dusk top has a flattering stay-put fit and is great paired with a puffy vest for a hike or worn alone as a base layer. Icebreaker has added a cool color transition on this shirt, which gives it a unique and flattering look. It is my go-to layer for cold weather hikes, trail runs or for making turns down the slopes at Beech Mountain. Icebreaker claims that you can wear this top for ten days stink free days before washing, although admittedly I have not put it to the stink test. One thing I do know, is that it will resist odors a lot better than any synthetic competitors. MSRP $89.99

To keep toes toasty on cold weather hikes, runs and mountain bike rides, I look to wool as well. Icebreaker Hike Crew socks provide a comfortable fit for winter activities.  The merino wool socks can be worn on all day adventures with no reduction in comfort or warmth. If you think wool is itchy, you have not experienced the soft warmth of merino wool. No itch at all. Best thing about these socks is that they come with a 30 day money back guarantee.  You’ll be convinced after your first hike or run in these socks that they are worth the investment. Icebreaker has the added benefit of providing true sizing in their socks, which come in Small – Large.  This provides for a more accurate and comfortable fit for feet of all sizes. Finally, the Hike Crew socks are thick enough that you will not blow through them in a season or even two. They will come to be your favorite hiking socks for many seasons to come. MSRP $19.99

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