Icebreaker is the revolutionary brand that decided, seventeen years ago, to let a new designer lead their clothing sportswear company—Mother Nature. Instead of trying to create the latest synthetic technical fiber, Icebreaker adapted merino wool into a lightweight system of all-season garments, creating every type of base layer and outwear imaginable. Nature is an astonishing designer. Everything it creates is simple, efficient and beautiful…therefore, so is everything that Icebreaker produces.

Icebreaker merino wool is breathable and warm wool without the itchy, I-can’t-stand-it-against-my-skin wool that you grew up with. It’s fantastic comfort and functionality—soft and non-itch, warm in the cold and cool in the heat. It breathes to prevent clamminess, and it has a miraculous ability to ward off stinkiness – you can run a marathon and still smell as sweet as if you just stepped out of the shower.

When you live in the city, it’s easy to feel distanced from nature. Icebreaker is a bridge that reconnects you with nature, and protects in all climates and environments.

The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds, and one of the toughest. Very different to a regular sheep who chews grass in the lowlands, merino sheep live in the extremes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Regular sheep would freeze to death up there, but the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – making anyone in Icebreaker gear pretty much invincible.

We fell in love with the Women’s Cascade Hooded Jacket and its soft, indulgent, lightweight warmth. Perfect as a base layer or in between season jacket, it’s an addictive fitted hoodie that makes you a thing of beauty in the cold. Extra hidden pockets are perfect for Metro cards, lip gloss, or carabineers.

The Men’s LS Chase Zip is a flawless combination of form and function. Design details like flatlock seams and eyelet gussets give freedom of movement and increase ventilation, while the collar and sleeve binding provides extra protection against winter weather. It also looks fantastic as a semi casual date sweater, and is possibly the ultimate travel shirt—odor resistant and wrinkle free.

Wearing something as versatile as an Icebreaker garment makes you feel like you can conquer the world…you know the sheep felt as good making it as you do wearing it.