• Sizes S,M,L,XL,XXL
  • Weight- Size large 228 Grams
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  • Cost $99.95

Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe

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Rating

Rating:               9.4 / 10

Value for Money    2.4

Comfort                2.2

Weight                  2.4

Durability              2.4

Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe

My layering system currently uses three icebreaker tops, the Icebreaker Aero Long Sleeve Crewe Top as my base layer in all but the coldest conditions or an Icebreaker Factor long Sleeve Half Zip Top when the temperature does drop as a base layer, and the Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe top as a mid layer. In late spring, through summer, and into early Autumn, I will usually use a three layer system, swapping out my base layer as the weather dictates.

Once the weather starts to cool down I swap back over to a four layer system which takes me down to -7° celsius

In regard to the Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe Top I’ll start with the negatives first. From my perspective there are really only two and one of those is purely my fault:

  • The first is price with this top made of 100% wool the Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe Top is priced at just on $99.95 AUD.
  • One other negative, and this is purely my issue, is that even though Icebreaker recommend that you don’t put there garments through a clothes dryer I rarely if ever drip dry them and machine dry them almost without fail. This is pure laziness on my part and it does tend to ‘shrink’ the garments slightly but not like the old wool jumpers that your Nan used to make.

Then there’s the advantages. These garments last and last with my oldest Icebreaker top being just on eight years old. While I have a couple with holes in them, due to rough treatment on my part, they are still in relatively good condition so despite the initial purchase price they are exceptionally good value for money. The use of 100% wool on this top means they don’t stink like other types of clothing after heavy wear.

Icebreaker class this top as a lightweight top but as I have a fairly high tolerance to cold I find that it is not often that I will wear it as mid layer saving it for the coldest parts of the year. Strange as it sounds if I am wearing four layers this is the last layer that I will put on, and the first that I take off, preferring to wear my Marmot PreCip jacket and Mont Neon Down Jacket first. The thing that deters me from using this top is that I don’t like having two layers tucked into my pants so will always jettison the mid layer first. For most hikers who have a more normal view of cold this top will probably form their base layer (which is what Icebreaker sells it as) in all but the warmest conditions.

 

In this image I am wearing a size medium which is an older top but have now switched over to a size large which has longer sleeves. I prefer my sleeves be on the shorter size unless its mid summer

We Like

  • Medium weight fabric which is great for use as a single layer for normal people except in hot conditions. I would also suggest avoiding black in hot conditions
  • Flat lock stitching prevents chaffing and keeps this garment comfortable no matter how heavy the pack or how many layers you wear
  • 1000% wool construction means this garment will  remain relatively odour free and is very durable so it will last you for years
  • Breathable fabric so you stay fairly dry. The fabric also dries quickly if it does get wet
  • Collarless neck so it can be worn under heavier laying without choking you

We Don't Like

  • Icebreaker garments are not cheap however they are excellent value for money because they will last for years

Best Uses

  • Great first layer for the average hiker or as a mid layer for those cold tolerant individuals

Buy One

You can purchase the Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe (men’s) top online from Amazon

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Investment

$99.95 AUD

Other Versions

Icebreaker produces a huge range of tops in both short and long sleeves, as well as thin to thick materials. Depending on your tolerance for cold and your layering system there is a garment to suit you

Icebreaker Aero Long Sleeve Crewe Top

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

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