Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Icebreaker: Aspiring Hood Coat

Icebreaker Aspiring Hood – This jacket is perfect for someone with an active lifestyle and cares about high quality clothing. Stylish, luxurious, and versatile; this is the jacket I have been grabbing as I run out the door instead of my other coats. Another wool coat I own is 3 times thicker, but the Aspiring Hood is just as warm. Made from 100% merino wool, this jacket is soft and very comfortable. The best thing about this jacket is the cut and how well made it is. It reminds me of my favorite blue blazer, only it can be worn during strenuous activity. You can wear a button down sports shirt under this jacket and still look good.

First, I was hesitant to run in this jacket. I thought it looked too nice to be worn during exercise. When I finally took it out for a run, I noticed how well the jacket kept me warm and at the same time kept me dry. Merino Wool’s physical traits allow the jacket to trap warm air in its fibers while drawing liquid from your skin and to the surface of the garment. Once on the surface, the liquid quickly evaporates into the atmosphere. Furthermore, unlike polyester which also wicks moisture, I noticed that I still smell fresh after a workout in my Aspiring Hood. When I wear polyester, I quickly start smelling funny (according to my wife), but she does not seem to complain when I am wearing my Icebreaker jacket.

Last but not least, Icebreaker is a company one can be proud of. They support wool farmers from New Zealand and you can trace your jacket’s wool to the source. On the jacket, there is a tag is imprinted with a BAACODE. Enter it on their website and you will be able trace the origin of your jacket. Lastly, Icebreaker ensures that the sheep that they source their wool from are well taken care of and not abused in any way. Happy sheep produce quality wool and Icebreaker has definitely been keeping their sheep happy.

-Eric

Complimentary product was provided to me from Icebreaker for this review. All opinions are my own.

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