Icebreaker started back in 1994, when Jeremy Moon’s girlfriend introduced him to a sheep farmer she had met whilst travelling around New Zealand. Jeremy immediately fell in love with the product and soon launched the Brand we now know as Icebreaker.
When people try on Icebreaker clothing, they too fall in love with the way it feels. They love the fact that it has been made by nature, and they love the way it performs, in the wilderness and in the city. Try Icebreaker Base and Mid layers beneath your Patagonia or Arc'teryx shell for the optimum layering system.
At The Epicentre we also offer an extended range of Icebreaker online, other than that which you will find in store. This means we are able to promote a greater range of colours and styles for you to browse. Items flagged as from the Extended Range are not available for Next Day Delivery and may take an extra day or two to arrive.
Due to Merino's natural anti-bacterial qualities, you will find you need to wash your Icebreaker less often, making Icebreaker the ideal choice for extended trips.
Icebreaker use the grams per metre measure of a fabric to denote weight and warmth (higher the number, warmer the garment). We've outlined the main Icebreaker categories below:
200 Everyday - Ideal for day-to-day and technical use, loose rib-knit is very breathable and stretchy but less durable and without the more luxurious feel of the Oasis range.
Bodyfit 200 Oasis - A tight weave and more 200 weight fibres in the weave make this a more durable and softer option. Great for a range of sports; from skiing to mountain biking via hiking and fishing. Works well in a layering system or on its own.
Bodyfit 260 - A heavier grade merino provides greater warmth, with the same great performance. Often used as a lightweight mid or warmer baselayer in cold conditions.
Cool-Lite Fabric, Tech Lite and GT Ranges - These use different blends of merino with various synthetic and natural fibres to increase performance in tough conditions. Cool-Lite uses Tencel which is a sustainable fibre produced from wood pulp that wicks better and lasts longer than pure merino. GT and Tech Lite pieces use Nylon (Corespun) and Lycra to add durability and wicking performance plus to keep the garment's shape. Ideal for more active pursuits or for people who run warm.
Caring for your Icebreaker is easy, you can stick it in the washing machine on a cool or delicate wash with a normal detergent (but not fabric softener!) and then allow to dry naturally, do not tumble dry.
For information on caring for your baselayer, check out our Care Guide.
It is important to choose a baselayer that suits your needs, there is a huge variety of fits and styles on the market, check out our Size Guide for more information. As a rule, baselayers work best when worn close to the skin (that doesn't mean they have to be skin tight), so go for a close but comfortable fit that still allows good freedom of movement.