Things have been pretty quiet on the total-geek front, because we’ve been SKIING in NEW ZEALAND!!! (Who’s jealous? :P )
And now that we’re back, we’re here to sing the praises of the stuff that kept us warm and safe. I’ll start with the thermals we bought, which are made by a company called Icebreaker, which makes their apparel from the wool of a breed of sheep called the Merino, and they’re special little sheepies: Super fine Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
So anyways, we at total-geek.com purchased the IceBreaker Bodyfit 260 for Cold weather. I personally wore the Longsleeve Crewe top and the “Legless” (actually ¾ length) bottoms for women. May I just point out that I am a skinny little string bean and get cold VERY easily; the temperature falls below 20C and I’m reaching for my winter coat and scarf. So you can imagine that I approached the thought of willingly exposing myself to sub-zero temperatures whilst strapping long thin pieces of fibreglass to my feet in order to slide down a stupidly high mountain top, with some trepidation. I thought I was going to die of exposure.
I needn’t have worried. Those merino thermals are AWESOME.
3 out of 5 days of skiing we had snow, which wasn’t the light, fluffy romantic kind either: it was more like frozen rain. It was cold, wet and grey-skys all round on that mountain (Coronet Peak, by the way). And yet, I was WARM AND DRY. Staying dry was of course thanks to the waterproof Ski pants and jacket we hired, but those combined with just the thermals was enough to make my other half (Head Geek himself) sweating and hot.
Itch factor: next to nothing. The thermals were deceptively thin, soft and comfortable. Washing and cares: can be thrown into washing machine with no ill effects, though the manufacturer recommends hand washing. The IceBreaker company claims that they don’t smell after days of wear without washing, and it’s true! Apparently the synthetic kind start to develop an unpleasant odour after a few days. And here’s another thing to all you tightwads out there (and I am one myself): I wouldn’t be tempted to skimp out and get the much cheaper synthetic thermals now that I’ve seen how incredibly fantastic the Merinos are. The Merino thermals ARE expensive: we paid approx $200 AUD for one set, but SO worth the money.
And there’s an additional advantage for me: I work in an air-conditioned environment that must be adjusted by someone who carries WAY more natural insulation than I do, and am CONSTANTLY cold: so I wear my thermal bottoms under my work pants or long skirts. You can’t see them, and they keep me warm!
In short, as a constantly cold string been first-time skier, I highly recommend the merino wool thermals to anyone headed for snow sports in a cool climate. They’re not itchy, easy to take care of, and definitely do their job in keeping you warm.
By the way,
The staff at total-geek.com are in no way affiliated or associated with IceBreaker and receive no commisions from sales of IceBreaker products.