Winter is knocking on the door, which means snowy adventures are also on the horizon. For those of us taking extra steps to keep warm, the importance of layering can not be understated. While many base layers seem too thin, the new Icebreaker Winter Zone base layer uses a nice, thick 260 grams of merino wool.
The new midweight Icebreaker Winter Zone base layer has both a top and bottom component. The Winter Zone leggings go all the way to the ankles, while the Winter Zone legless (shown here) stop at mid-calf. Although the bottoms are pretty much the same between Men’s and Women’s, the tops have a key difference. The Men’s top has a snug-fit hood, while the Women’s is just a turtleneck. Both feature a half-zip design, however.
Both the tops and bottoms in the new Icebreaker Winter Zone base layer set use BodyfitZONE technology. Basically, it’s an anatomically mapped merino fabric with a small amount of lycra to fit and regulate temperature differently in some areas than in others.
Merino wool is good for breathability, and Icebreaker‘s used it differently based on location. For instance, the forearms and underarms have a different feel and appearance than the torso, as they use merino mesh for ventilation.
Insulation and breathability aside, there are a few other creature comforts. Flatlock seams throughout the tops and bottoms help to prevent chafing, and raglan sleeves help with mobility. In essence, Icebreaker is counting on you being busy out in the snow, and they want to make sure you stay as comfortable as possible out there.
With the merino and creature comforts, it should be no surprise that the Icebreaker Winter Zone base layer set isn’t inexpensive. Even on sale, the tops cost north of $100. But if you’re looking for a technical base layer that may last a while, this could be an interesting option to consider this winter. I’ve not reviewed it myself, but it sounds promising.