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Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Long-Sleeve - Men's - 2008 BCS
The Icebreaker Men's BodyFit260 Tech Top features super high quality New Zealand merino wool. The Tech Top has a three-way neck (zipped up to your chin, zipped and rolled like a turtleneck, or unzipped for venting) for versatility and thumb loops to help warm your hands and hold sleeves in place. Merino keeps its heat-retaining properties when wet, prevents body odor build-up, offers expedition-weight warmth at half the bulk of an equivalent synthetic, and rivals many synthetics in breathability. The Tech Top's natural four-way stretch sticks with you through every move. Use the Icebreaker Tech Top as a base layer when skiing or as a shirt for cold-weather fall and spring activities.
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Worth the Price of Admition
August 19, 2012
A little pricier than I would like, but well worth it. This piece is comfortable, breathable, yet still very warm. The sleeves are plenty long (I'm a lanky 6'5" individual) and the thumb holes are a nice added touch. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good base layer.
MY GO TO WINTER LAYER
October 10, 2008
I absolutely love my Icebreaker BodyFit 260 top. It is warm for the weight, very stretchy and best of all - DOES NOT COLLECT ODOR, even after multi-day use in Patagonia, where I was sweating a lot! The arms are fairly long and I like the thumb holders, which when not in use are out of the way. My only wish for this top, as with most tops - because of my long torso, is for longer torso length. My torso is crazy long though...I am 6'2" and my pant inseam is 33"! So for most folks it will be plenty long enough. I have used this shirt steadily in winter and when on expeditions for the past 3 years and it is still going strong! The only place it is showing wear is around the cuffs, which is no surprise as I have kept the thumbs in to offer protection to the back of my hands while crack climbing on the sharp granite of Cerro Torre during the FA of the complete SE Ridge. I am a huge fan of Icereaker and especially this piece.
How much does this weigh in size large
How much does this weigh in size large
July 1, 2012
Icebreaker 260 in New Zealand
By: Andy Paul
July 25, 2011
Bought it at Pagan Mountaineering in Utah and 3 years later...took it home to NZ. Dart-Rees Track
May 4, 2009
While Icebreaker is a bit more expensive than competing wool brands (smartwool, patagonia) it is worth it. Absolutely "go-to" base layer in colder conditions. The sleeves and thumbloops are perfect length for me in XL (6'2", 210lbs, 35" sleeve, 46" chest), the neck is perfect in height and snugness (both smartwool and especially patagonia fall down miserably here, this is a TURTLENECK for god's sake) and it is a trim enough base-layer fit to put another layer over or a thin layer under without issue. Great comfortable temperature range over any synthetic, can truly go a long time (1 week +) without washing, washes well...you can live in this stuff (I do about half the year). I'm not a fan of some of the funky colors, preferring basic black, but this is one of the best baselayers for cold /cool weather bar none. You will never wear capilene or equivalent again, and the fit and finish is better than any othr wool brand I have seen.
Great base or for layering
September 25, 2008
This piece rocks. I love the merino wool. Whether wearing this top to the lab or work or the mountain I know that I'll be looking good while staying comfortable. The sizes run small, so order up if you're in between.
Has anyone owned the crewe in this exact style? I just received
Has anyone owned the crewe in this exact style? I just received the crewe today and it was short on the sleeves, and a little short yet boxy in a medium. I am usually a small/medium and skinny so I know the large would be way too boxy, I am curious is the Medium Tech Top is better on the length and a tighter fit, thanks to anyone that can help.
August 2, 2011
Lance, I own 3 medium Tech Tops acquired 1st in 2007, 2nd in 2009 and 3rd this year. I am a tall, 6' 1", skinny, size 38 long suit. The Tech Top fits me well and the body length is good. The sleeves are quite long and they end in what I find to be really well fitting thumb loops. The thumb loops have a very low profile, and I can easily wear them under liner gloves.
Hope that this helps.
March 5, 2012
Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Long-Sleeve - Men's. under the rain/windbreaker Jacket
May 6, 2011
From one campsite on a recent HPV tour. WHY DISCONTINUE THIS COLOR??? If I didn't already have three I would order another before it goes away!
October 25, 2010
my biggest beef with this piece is its lack of durability. only one season old and this top has developed holes. I take extreme care of my gear and yet this one didnt hold up to moderate use. I think it may have to do with the wool content. I have found that my other merino pcs that contain a higher synthetic to wool ratio tend to hold up better. some may argue that you loose anti funk abilities and I would agree, but this is a cold weather piece and I often camp alone. I'll take longevity over stink ability 6 days a week.
I also found this piece to be the itchiest top I own. two other IB items i've purchased have had similar wear and tear issues.
October 7, 2008
I love the merino wool. It is extremely comfortable and has all of the properties the description brags about. Icebreaker stuff fits tight so I order a size up, I get XL's when with other brands I wear L's.
Looking for a good recomendation on how to clean an Icebreaker
Looking for a good recomendation on how to clean an Icebreaker wool item.
April 25, 2011
We hope you will love your Icebreaker as much as we do. Icebreaker garments almost look after themselves as they don't hold moisture or odour. In fact, the known record for wearing an Icebreaker non-stop is 196 days in extreme conditions. Here are a few tips to get the best out of your Icebreaker.
* Use warm or cool machine wash on normal cycle
* Wash separately first (after 2/3 days use) to remove any loose fibres
* Wash with like colours
* Wash on a normal cycle with other hard fabrics to remove fluffing
* Never use a fabric softener
* Do not use detergents with bleach
* Do not tumble dry - Dry flat in the shade or on the clothes line
* Coastal and PurePlus garments are dry clean only
**a personal note: lay it flat on a towel to dry, hanging it wet causes stretching
Hope that helps.
By: Phil Maher
April 25, 2011
5 Stars for sure
January 9, 2010
bought this about two weeks ago , have worn it eight times since then skiing, have not washed it yet... and it still doesn't stink! also very much like the way the collar works on this one, not too obtrusive on those colder days when you want it zipped all the way up to keep your neck warm
May 16, 2012
i love patagonia, business model, environmental action, photos, etc. so it is hard for me to be unbiased. the Icebreaker gear i have is just so damn good. this is my favorite piece of gear from them. the 260 longjohns are awesome too! a buddy of mine has a pro deal with smartwool and although i prefer their socks, icebreaker makes far superior products.
good luck finding something better than this for midweight. i always wear this snowboarding, often take it with me on high elevation mtn bike rides. i never take a field trip (northern NM) without it.
December 28, 2011
This is extremely warm when combined with another layer of Merino, or on warmer days it can be worn by itself. The fit is great and it's very soft.
Just curious on why most of the icebreakers gear is made in New
Just curious on why most of the icebreakers gear is made in New Zealand but this is made in China. Thanks.
October 21, 2009
Yo FNM. Icebreaker stuff used to be made in New Zealand. They got so big though that the operation out grew the manufacturing capacity in NZ, so they moved it all to China. All Icebreaker is now made in China, according to my rep.
You can actually check out the manufacturing process on the Icebreaker website. They've got a little video showing the factory it's made in, which is pretty cool. Hope that helps.
By: Ian McCalder
October 21, 2009
I don't think these can be beat.
September 19, 2011
I usually carry one of these to use as a mid layer when skiing/ hiking on really cold days, or by itself on a warmer day. It's high quality merino wool. It doesn't itch, they keep the stank down, and insulate and breathe. What more can you ask for!
July 25, 2011
This thing rocks, thumbholes, fairly thick and warm. Definitely a good investment. It is so warm that in the winter I'll often run in only this, or if I'm alpining, this and a gore-tex paclite shell.
Mine stretched out kind of funky over years of use and fits way differently now than it did a few back.
Has anyone done speed workouts or extensive running with this
Has anyone done speed workouts or extensive running with this top? Is it too heavy or does it make you overheat? Thanks.
October 14, 2009
I run in this top, for tempos and conversational runs. It is a little heavy for tempos (mine are at about 6 minute pace, or a little faster) and certainly to heavy for speed work in any weather. Just got the 200 and it is awesome for running from 35-55 degrees.
March 8, 2010
I would generally agree with mobo2112 on temp ranges and that I've done runs in a 200 weight. Though I'll add that ran a marathon in an Icebreaker competitor Smartwool Midweight which I'd place right between 200 and 260, like the 220 GT maybe, at 45 degrees and I was absolutely fine. The thing is merino allows sweat to hang around long enough to get the evaporative (word?) cooling effect in either brand shirt. Synthetic can pull the sweat away too quickly. In fact I'd say the only thing to keep in mind is that as soft as merino can feel, on longer runs it can beat up the nips.
By: Andrew Brandt
October 14, 2009
Ironically, I'm going out tomorrow morning in a 200wt icebreaker mondo (no outer layer). Conditions will be dark (530 am), 40deg, feel like 36. I'm doing 6M tempo run, slower than race pace but definitely hard. I am expecting for there to be some sweat, expecially at the elbow crease, and lower back. I could go with a lighter synthetic top, but i like the insulative/warmth of wool...even when wet. The zip will dump some heat, but i'll still sweat.
If its going to be colder, then i would go for a synthetic t underneath, a very light jacket, or light synthetic top over my mondo vs going w a heavier wt layer.
Assuming your hard runs are in the cold (30's or less), i think the 260 is on the cusp of being too heavy. If your talking 40's or more, than i definitely think you can go with a lighter top. If it were more of a steady run, then the 260 would probably be fine as you wont be pushing your heart rate too high.
October 14, 2009
Icebreaker is like no other
June 26, 2011
Icebreaker wear is easily the most comfortable, light & warm gear there is. A big thankyou to the sheep in NZ for giving us this clothing.
The Very Best
May 6, 2011
WHY DISCONTINUE THIS COLOR??? If I didn't already have three I would order another before it goes away! Much better than the nearest wool garment I have worn. Very warm and comfortable. My grandson and I each wore ours every day of a recent trike (HPV) road trip (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_i
February 28, 2011
This is my go to underlayer when it gets cold. With one of these and my OR ski jacket I can be down below 0 and still having a good sweaty time. Too bad they are made in china, but then everything is these days. No stink, no problems. Merino is the best and just about anything from IB is going to work awesome.
6 2 188 and i have a fairly large chest what size should I go
6 2 188 and i have a fairly large chest what size should I go with? large or xl hope this fits my large torso
Also can I wear this under a northface apex softshell and hope to be warm skiing in high 20s? got a jacket for night but just wondering if it will work would rather not wear a jacket all day it gets a little hot
October 1, 2009
I would suggest a large or XL. I am 6' 175 lbs and wear a medium which fits very well in the arms, neck, chest and shoulders. This and a shell would be enough to keep me warm while skiing though I don't know your resistance to cold.
By: Jason Fox
October 2, 2009
February 15, 2011
I can't see any room for improvement with this top. it's warm and breathable. I like to wear it with a softshell doing field work in the mountains. If you stick a lighter wool layer underneath, it's great for use without a shell. I've also used the Icebreaker 260 mens bottoms under goretex pants skiing and snowboarding, perfect performance.
I'm sure it's great.....
December 29, 2010
But I'll never know. Fit is fine except in the length dept.
It barely comes down to my naval. :(
April 20, 2010
I bought this shirt with the intention of wearing it on cold winter runs. I have not had a chance to check the effectiveness due to season change, but I have found myself wearing this shirt the most often. I love it. I have since bought a dozen other Icebreaker and wool products.
6'3 180lbs. Knowing that this is a base layer and should
6'3 180lbs. Knowing that this is a base layer and should fit snug, will a large be big enough (long enough) or do I need to go up to the XL.
April 19, 2009
I'm 6'4" and 195 lbs and the XL fits really nice. Snug but not tight.
April 25, 2011
I am 6'01" 210, 36 inch wasit and 46 inch chest 34/35 inch sleeve and the XL fits me like a glove. I have just enough room to wear a lightweight base layer t shirt underneathe. THe length sits just about the belt line on me. hope that helps
April 20, 2009
April 10, 2010
If you havent worn wool before, it wicks sweat well, insulates well, and holds off the stink. This isnt your grandma's scratchy wool, this stuff is uber soft. Definitely recomment. 6'2" 210lbs and the XL fits perfect.
I like this layer
March 29, 2010
I don't have the incredible warmth stories that others have. I bought this as a layer when alpine skiing. I think it works well. It looks great so I wear it around town. Out to dinner after skiing. It is comfortable. I like it.
Yes this is the one you want
February 22, 2010
With wind chill to -30 up Nisekko tops I had the ice breaker 260 on and my outer shell and no problems with staying warm. In fact after a long heavy run needed to open a vent or 2 to balance the temperature. Light to wear no rashes or scratching, odor free good fit- large on a 6'3 frame. Only sorry I didn't get the bottoms as well. Would certainly buy this again.
10" 154. waist 30-31.5
size recommendations?5'10" 154. waist 30-31.5
February 24, 2009
since your very thin,most of the icebreaker stuff run on the small fitted side,i think you should go with a medium.this is a baselayer,you know
February 24, 2009
February 19, 2010
Well made and designed but...Very baggy in torso. I did not expect this since the same size in a bodyfit 200 t-shirt fit perfectly. May be manufacturing variability. Got a perfect fit in same size by going to Arcteryx Rho LTW.
First piece from Icebreaker
October 21, 2009
Not impressed. I have heard great things about Icebreaker and thought I'd give this a shot but was disappointed in the fit. I'm 6' 190 lbs and ordered the Large and found that it fit perfect in the shoulders, but it was baggy in the armpits. Also, when you have your thumbs in, it has too much excess material in the wrist area. I guess I was hoping for more of a technical fit. It didn't seem as soft as the other merino wool pieces I own either. I'm bummed it didn't work for me, it seemed other people had better luck. For $110 I was expecting more..
August 28, 2009
I went for a walk on the beach the other day and was wearing this top. It was about 58 degrees and mind you the ocean was about 60. I was collecting shells for my lady and I saw a good one out in the water, so I stuck my arm in sleeve down and all, all the way up to my elbow. The shirt was soaking wet yet it remained warm. I couldnt even tell it was wet. I felt warm and dry, as warm and dry as the arm that was actually dry. So a great shirt it keeps you warm when wet or dry, it doesnt itch.
As far as sizing. I have two of em. I am 6'1" with a 45" chest (actual measurement). I have an XL to use as a base layer, it fits well, I can put a thin shirt underneather if needed and I have a XXL to wear as a mid type layer (I can fit a regular tshirt underneathe.
Great Stuff all around
Anyone know whether the sleeves on these are longer than the
Anyone know whether the sleeves on these are longer than the ones on the Icebreakers that DON'T have thumb loops and if so by how much? I'm not clear as to whether loops are just there to help you keep the sleeves from bunching when you are getting dressed, or are you supposed to go about with the sleeves attached to your palms all day.I imagine having the shirt sleeves inside of your glove palms could be problematic at times (tight gloves...eating a juicy burger...j.k.)
February 10, 2009
Yes they are quite a bit longer than the icebreakers without thumb holes (like two inches). I do usually just leave the thumb loop on most of the day depending on what I am doing like you mentioned.
By: Nicole Woltersdorf
February 12, 2009
Amazing layering piece
June 15, 2009
Pretty pricey, but worth it. Kept me sweat free and warm for 2 straight days of high alpine hiking. Fit is nice and keeps the stink off.
Believe the hype!
May 14, 2009
I was skeptical at first. I have seen a lot of miracle-materials come and go with mixed results - capilene, smartwool, the paint-on condom...but this was on sale, and I went for it. Oh man, can you say new favorite base layer? First of all, I don't find it completely non-itchy. Maybe I'm extra sensitive to wool (I could never wear a wool sweater without a long sleeve shirt underneath, yet I do love lamb kabobs), but I do feel a bit itchy when first putting it on. The itchy feeling is gone within minutes though, and I can keep wearing the shirt for days at a time in total comfort. And that's the other great thing about it - the odor resistance really is as impressive as they say. It is so good that I find myself sniffing it again and again, waiting for it to release the hidden funk, but there just is none. I sweat a lot, and to have a base layer that wicks it all while smelling nice is so unusual that I'm suspecting they've made a deal with the dark one. Wear it by itself and it will keep you cool and dry. Wear it under a windbreaker, and you're ready for any moderate weather. Wear it under a soft shell, and you're going to be toasty no matter where you go. I'd love to say that I'm going to order more of these, but really, the one is already doing the job of 3 or so other base layers that I haven't reached for since I got this one. If these guys ever start making underwear, I'll buy it in bulk.
Good Looking and Functional Merino Shirt
April 8, 2009
I've had one of these for about a month - it is my favorite midweight layer. It's not itchy at all and provides excellent moisture regulation. The collar is a perfect height and the zipper is heavy-duty and of adequate length, and the thumbholes in the sleeves are a nice touch when wearing under a shell. It looks pretty good when wearing into the office with jeans, too!
March 23, 2009
I was turned on to Icebreaker a few years ago. At first I was not certain it would work as well as described, however after only a little experience with it I have changed my tune. This stuff is amazing. I buy up everything that fits me on Steep and Cheap. I have given away all of my capiline. ICEBREAKER all the way.
Comfy material - nice layer
March 16, 2009
The XL fits me well (6'5" 215#). The thumb holes are nice. Neck comes up far enough to keep you warm. I usually wear this along with another tech layer.
poor weight/warmth ratio
February 17, 2009
Meh, I love my other Icebreaker stuff, but this piece just doesn't do it for me. It's not warm enough for its weight, so I end up leaving it at home. Also, it's not nearly as comfy as the lighter weights. The sleeves have thumbholes, however, which are really sweet. So, bonus star for that.