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12

Oct

2011

Icebreaker Commute Full-Zip Jersey review
Written by Andrew Horton   
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Commute_Full-Zip_Jersey_ThumbEver get that awkward feeling when you commute on your bike to the office, just to have everyone stare at your Lycra-laden getup? It's embarrassing. If the day-long polyester chafe wasn't uncomfortable enough, the strange looks and snickers from your co-workers will be.

Icebreaker gets it. Bike commuter needs to show somewhat of an edge while maintaining full comfort with a fabric that circulates air and insulates warmth. In other words, Icebreaker knows to be the coolest guy in the office, it takes more than just tattoos, an extensive record collection, stretch piercings, and ironic facial hair. It takes hard-working merino wool.

Enter the Icebreaker Commute Full-Zip Jersey, where commuters can traverse the world of their uber-hipster bike courier brethren. Made from merino wool in New Zealand, Icebreaker may have created one of the sharpest, most breathable bike jerseys.

Featuring their proprietary midweight GT260 terry loop blend of merino wool, front hand pockets, set-in sleeves, and distinctive stitching detail throughout, the Icebreaker Commute Full-Zip Jersey can be worn to the office and command full attention, in a good way. Co-workers will wonder if you stepped off the plane from Milan or sipped an espresso at one of the trendiest coffee houses in Soho.

Perfect for the century-rider and day rider alike, this jersey breathes when you need it to, all while keeping warm and toasty. If there were ever a time of year where the Icebreaker Commute jersey would come in handy, it is in the far reaching grasp of autumn and its unrelenting chill. On those breezy October rides, the long sleeves and deep front pockets come in mighty handy at the traffic light.

With most bike jerseys, the Achilles' heel is usually the zipper. Whether a zipper falls off the tracks or takes five minutes to catch at the bottom, bike jerseys are notorious for shoddy zipper work. For cyclists like me who have suffered from the fate of a bad zipper, Icebreaker's full length zipper is a powerful ally. This zipper stays in line.

Icebreaker LogoWhile this merino wool works hard at wicking away moisture and warding off odor, it does have its itchy setbacks. Those who are sensitive to wool will find this jersey scratchy at first, but after wearing the Icebreaker Commute Full-Zip Jersey for 100 miles, it'll be difficult going back to Lycra and polyester. (MSRP $175)



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Andrew Horton

Andrew HortonAndrew Horton-Hall comes to OutdoorInformer.com with deep roots in the world of professional journalism, having covered breaking news and feature articles for newspapers throughout southern New England. After witnessing firsthand the power of positive publicity and promoting good causes, he decided to make the leap into public relations and marketing. He currently serves as a Marketing Coordinator at an international architectural firm in Boston and is studying for his MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H.

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