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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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Great quality product

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

The merino wool quality is great and thick enough to keep you warm, I tested it on -3�C night and had no issues. The only thing is that I am 5'4 got a SMALL and it not as fitted as I would like it to be.

Amazing shirt

    I wear this shirt all the time and love it! It is extremely comfy and keeps you nice and warm, best of all it doesn't stink!

    The hand thumbs are really nice and keep the cold out.

    Only thing is after having this shirt for a couple years I feel that the length has gotten a little shorter ...

    i'm 181 cm, 165 lbs and got myself a small. It fits snug but I like that for when i'm skiing.

    Fabulously comfortable and practical

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This shirt is really soft and quite warm, but not clammy, even when working up a bit of a sweat (cross country skiing), and, of course, no odor. The zipper does not snag, and closes up around my neck almost like a mock turtleneck. I wear a size Large and it fits perfectly. It could be tucked in or not, as the length is just right. The material is not itchy, although for a few minutes you might feel it on your neck, but I found this goes away quickly.

    Icebreaker Tech Top 260

    Short video review with comparative sizes for my height, weight, and product size.

    Everything I wanted but...

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Just recieved this top for my birthday and immediatly took it backcountry for three nights peak bagging in the Chugach. Alaska in October is 20s to 40s Farenheit. This was the perfect top all on its own while active, huge improvement over my synthetic tops as far as the chill when I took a lunchbreak or whatever ( I sweat alot! ). Here is the catch (literally) there is not a zippper guard so whenever you zip up fully it catches on your neck or beard or whatever. Really? $100 for a top and this simple detail somehow got missed. After 4 days and some serious work... no stink, WOW! Its definitely a keeper just wanted to put it out there and mabye next years model will perfect the almost perfect baselayer.

    Everything I wanted but...

    Worth the Price of Admition

      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.

      good luck

        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.

        I don't think these can be beat.

          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!

          Kiwi class

            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.

            Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Long-Sleeve - Men's. under the rain/windbreaker Jacket

            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!
            http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=184366&v=A1&part=3

            Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Tech Top - Long-Sleeve - Men's. under the rain/windbreaker Jacket

            The Very Best

              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_id=184366&v=A1) Many of the pages there show this garment. Everything good written on previous reviews is true: No oder, Very warm and comfortable etc... etc... etc... Yes, this is an under garment but I have and plan to wear it as outer every day it is cool enough. I ended up buying three. First image is my grandson

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                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.

                great

                  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.

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                    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.

                    Great Purchase

                      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.

                      I like this layer

                        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.

                        Has anyone owned the crewe in this exact...

                        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.

                        Best Answer

                        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.

                        Looking for a good recomendation on how...

                        Looking for a good recomendation on how to clean an Icebreaker wool item.

                        Best Answer

                        From Icebreaker-

                        Easy Care

                        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.
                        Washing Instructions

                        * 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.

                        Just curious on why most of the icebreakers...

                        Just curious on why most of the icebreakers gear is made in New Zealand but this is made in China. Thanks.

                        Best Answer

                        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.

                        Has anyone done speed workouts or extensive...

                        Has anyone done speed workouts or extensive running with this top? Is it too heavy or does it make you overheat? Thanks.

                        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.

                        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.

                        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.

                        6 2 188 and i have a fairly large chest...

                        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

                        6'3 180lbs. Knowing that this is a base...

                        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.

                        size recommendations?5'10" 154. waist...

                        size recommendations?5'10" 154. waist 30-31.5

                        Anyone know whether the sleeves on these...

                        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.)