Allow me to let you into a bit of a secret. I was sent some Icebreaker kit to test out in December, and although I tested the kit out a few weeks ago, when I put the outfit on to take these pics I noticed how much the Christmas fun had gone to my waistline.
We took a number of photos in this outfit, and I rejected most of them.
As a fitness blogger there’s a lot of pressure to look good, fit, toned in all photos. Sadly that definitely isn’t always the case for me, especially after the December excess. It is definitely a bit of a push in the right direction to start half marathon training, and get booking on my ClassPass app.
But on to the clothes.
The clothing is developed with functionality at the heart of things, ensuring that it enables maximum mobility, temperature regulating and sweat management.
A lot of the clothing is designed for walking, and hiking (it’s all very outdoorsy in New Zealand!) including shirts, gilets, jackets and a range of base layers. They are also developing their running and fitness ranges, yoga, hunting/fishing and lifestyle gear.
It might seem odd to be working out in wool (think big woollen itchy Christmas jumpers), but actually merino wool derives from an ancient breed of alpine sheep, with a superfine, highly breathable fleece protecting them from the diverse New Zealand weather conditions, from freezing cold to scorching hot. It’s lightweight, so ideal for layering or packing an extra top in your backpack. For more info on why wool is a perfect material for fitness gear, check out this Forbes article.
I tested out the Chase Headband, the Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip top and the Swift Pants. I don’t usually wear tapered trousers (OK, let’s just call them bootleg trousers) anymore and pretty much all of my trousers are leggings or skinny jeans, but I found them really comfortable and a flattering with both hiking boots and trainers. Plus, and obviously more important than looks, is their functionality, and wow were they warm. It was raining and really chilly during this shoot and I felt protected from the elements in my merino. I do slightly wish I had a pair of these leggings though!
I also got my hands on a pair of their famous hiking socks. The circulation in my feet is terrible so I’m always after a decent pair of walking or skiing socks and excited to really test these out in the Alps in March.
Photos taken by Will Patrick.