Rating: 9.4 / 10
Value for Money 2.4
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:
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
You can purchase the Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe (men’s) top online from Amazon
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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
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer