|Rating:||9.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.6 / 2|
|Durability||1.9 / 2|
|Comfort||2.0 / 2|
|Weight||1.9 / 2|
|Support||1.9 / 2|
Icebreaker has been producing outdoor adventure clothing from natural fibres since 1995 and at that time, all outdoor performance clothing was made of synthetic fabrics from petrochemical plastics. The fibres used by Icrebreaker come from merino sheep and that’s why Icebreaker gear works equally well through freezing winters and scorching summers.
It would be fair to say that I am one of Icebreaker’s biggest fans. I pile on the Icebreaker layers to keep me warm and peel them off during the day. When I am hiking, I wear everything Icebreaker from my underwear out! And I don’t just wear Icebreaker during outdoor activities – you’ll find me in my Icebreaker gear when relaxing at home, on my morning run or having lunch out with the girls. I did say I am a BIG fan!
What’s the attraction? Well, it’s a long list…. the fine merino wool…the great fit…the durability….the versatility…the smart styling…..
I could go on. So, let me focus on the Sprite Racerback Bra and Sprite Hot Pants to help convince you. For the blokes reading this article, feel free to tune out now although if you continue reading you may well learn something new!
The stylish Sprite Racerback Bra as the name suggests is a racerback bra that comes in a range of colours instore (two only currently online) and five sizes (XS, S, M, L and XL). And it is very comfortable to wear when hiking – more so than a traditional bra or sports bra. The Sprite Racerback Bra is perfect for me when hiking. Now despite not being particularly well-endowed in the boob department, I don’t wear this bra when running or doing high impact sports activities because it doesn’t provide sufficient support for medium to high impact activities.
This bra is made from 83% merino wool jersey and 5% Lycra corespun fabric and features improved cup shaping and an open back design for freedom of movement. The breathable corespun fabric uses 12% nylon fibres wrapped in merino wool for added strength and durability that maintains next-to-skin softness. There is a power mesh lining to improve moisture management and comfort, and the no-side-seam design prevents underarm chafing.
The Sprite Hot Pants are perfect for daily wear, hiking or relaxing. These pants come in five sizes – XS, S, M, L and XL – you’ll find a very helpful sizing chart instore and online.
The pants are also made from super-soft merino wool jersey corespun fabric and nylon fibres wrapped in merino wool. A new addition is Mobilon elastic stabiliser in the leg hem to minimise rolling or riding up. I wear these undies all the time including when relaxing or running.
The Sprite Racerback Bra and Hot Pants maintain their freshness over several days of hard hiking (really) and are easy to wash and very quick to dry on the trail. I tend to sleep in this bra and pant, and when I need to take a wee walk in the middle of the night, I don’t feel the need to put more on (other than my boots) unless it is blowing a gale.
I purchased my first Icebreaker bra and pants set more than ten years ago and they are still going strong. The only reason I buy more is because I can’t resist the new season colours!
One of the criticisms I often hear about Icebreaker generally and about the underwear, is the cost. But at $64.99 AUD, the Sprite Racerback Bra is quite comparable to the price of a quality sports bra. You could argue that the Sprite Hot Pants at $44.99 AUD are expensive but not when you consider how long they will last. I have never had a pair of underpants last for the same length of time that the Icebreaker undies last.
The Sprite Racerback Bra and Hot Pants are a fantastic addition to your hiking under clothing and are suitable for all types of hiking and trail walking during very cool and through to very warm days and nights. You can also wear this bra for a range of other low impact activities and the undies for all sporting activities.
And I have to ask the blokes who continued reading, did you learn anything?
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Other styles are available
Icebreaker Sprite Raceback Bra
Icebreaker Sprite Women’s Merino Hot Pants
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker