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A comfortable shirt that won't stink even a week into your no-laundry European vacation.

The Icebreaker Men's Tech Lite Short-Sleeve Shirt is ideal for travel because it regulates your body temperature, resists odor naturally, packs light, and is machine washable.

  • Merino wool
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Regular fit
  • Set-in sleeves

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5 5

I am not saying its bullet proof, but...

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I recently spent some time in the desert lands of western Colorado during hunting season. I bought the tech lite t-shirt because the 'heat' color closely resembles 'hunters orange'.

So basically speaking I bought this shirt hoping that it would keep me from getting shot. I can happily say that it worked. If I was a Washington politician I might go as far as saying that the Icebreaker Tech Lite T-shirt is bullet proof.

But alas I have a slightly higher level of education so I can not in good conscious recommend that people use this shirt as a means of personal protection in times of combat. What I will say though is that the shirt wore very nicely under a heavy backpack during very long hours of hiking over rugged terrain. I did not experience any chaffing or uncomfortable bunching under the straps of a day pack that was holding approximately 25 pounds of work equipment.

I list the shirt as true to size but it was borderline. I am 5'9" with a short torso and wide shoulders (I would equate my chest to an upside down pear). the shirt had good length but the sleeves were mid to upper bicep. Guess it all depends on personal preference.

I am not saying its bullet proof, but...
Keeps You Cool Under Pressure

Keeps You Cool Under Pressure

Some people let the heat get to them, other people wear the Icebreaker Tech Lite Shirt.

5 5

Great Merino, great color/performance!

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

Special thanks to backcountry.com and Icebreaker for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the backcountry.com community. I appreciate the opportunity to put new gear to the test, as well as giving honest and reliable feedback that consumers can rely on. Again, thank you!

Now for the product review...

I think Icebreaker did a wonderful job combining strong materials with materials that will breathe as well. As an avid runner, cyclist, skier, and rock climber, having a solid base layer that whisks sweat away from the body is extremely important and a feature I appreciate to the fullest.

That being said, I have some specific feedback after my run yesterday...

I went on a 10k trail run and from the pictures you can see it is pretty gnarly in some places. (The temperature was in the high 70's and lower 80's)

For the first half of the run the shirt performed AMAZINGLY, but after the 5k marker I started to notice some VERY light chaffing.

Please keep in mind this shirt isn't necessarily designed for trail running or running in general. It still performed amazingly, though I wouldn't recommend it for distance runners (anything over 10k), but it will do the trick on shorter runs easily.

It breathes well and dried quickly afterwards, allowing me to go grocery shopping immediately after my longer run. It is super comfortable as well!

I would recommend this shirt to nearly anyone and though its not meant for rock climbing either, I've had zero problems with it taring and could call it reliable for many activities that extend past what I've personally used it for.

Though in the past I have stuck with other competitors, I'm now a believer in Icebreaker products; who'd have thought?

Great all around shirt and one that is sure to last!

Thanks again to backcountry.com and Icebreaker for letting me take part in this important review. I'm stoked on the gear!

I'm a large man-around 6'2" and 200lbs and the large size fit perfectly...

Cheers.

Great Merino, great color/performance!
Was getting super tired!

Was getting super tired!

It was a rugged run yesterday and this shirt out performed my expectations. Psyched!

Great Run and Great Shirt!

Great Run and Great Shirt!

All around an amazing, durable, fashionable, and breathable t-shirt from Icebreaker and backcountry.com

The color is true!

The color is true!

I appreciate the color of the t-shirt and would describe it as being true to size and color with regard to the website!

5 5

Good Every Day Merino

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: True to size

I got one of these shirts for a friend who is leaving for a big trip through Asia, and he's stoked. He's had one of these for 3 years now- still holding strong- but I figured a new one would definitely be appreciated. The shirts are great- hold off the stink, very durable, and very comfortable against the skin. Works well in the warm or cold temps- positive for merino! He's 5'10 and about 160lbs and wears a size L. It gives a nice fit without being skintight. Would definitely recommend!

4 5

Good performing shirt

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

I ordered one of these a few months back and after just a few uses it had a few small holes in various areas. I returned it (thanks to backcountry.com for handling the return) and with so many positive reviews I decided to try another one. The replacement seems to be a bit better. I'm very happy with the performance so if the durability holds up long term I would bump it to 5 stars.

5 5

Another great icebreaker product!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I'm an Icebreaker junkie. Shirts, base layers, mid layers, boxers, they make great shit. This shirt is no exception. True to size, comfy loose-yet-slim fit. Not one of those "I have to show off my fabulous pecs constantly" shirts. The Bordeaux heather (purple) is a cool color. If you're on the fence, don't be. Get it!

5 5

Best shirt I own

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is the best shirt I own. Everything they advertise is true. No smell. maintains its shape. no color fade. just awesome.

5 5

My Favorite Baselayer/T-shirt

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I'm pretty picky about how things feel against the skin and typically go with 100% cotton. However when I want the comfort of cotton and the additional benefits of good thermoregulation this is the base layer I go with. I have 3 of these shirts and and the day might start with a 10 plus mile run in single digit temperatures. I use this against my skin to wick away moisture, a zippered mid-layer, and then a light jacket with a full zipper. I like the Icebreaker line because they seem to have consistent sizing which allows for a close but not binding fit. I also consider it to be a "dress" t-shirt which to me means I can wear it under a nice shirt without it affecting how the shirt over the top of it fits. If conditions get warm, I ditch the top shirt and just wear the Icebreaker.

I'm not picky about washing and generally I hang it to dry. If I have a bunch of nylon running clothes I might dry it for 5 minutes on a delicate cycle even though the manufacture says not to do this.

The best thing about this shirt. It looks good on. Or at least that's what I tell myself.

Unanswered Question

I love my Icebreaker medium weight T-shirt...

I love my Icebreaker medium weight T-shirt for its light weight, warmth, and odor resistance. It's wonderful for backpacking or jogging in cool weather. There's one thing, however that I don't like. It snags easily so I can no longer wear it in polite company. Ouch!

4 5

Great Functional Shirt

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These shirts are awesome! I own two with plans to buy more. They feel great and look great as well. They work great as a base layer or just wearing around. The fit is pretty good. I am kinda between sizes and went with a medium. I am 5'10 175. The fit is a little tight with a medium but the large was too baggy. Hence the 4 not 5 stars. I still say the sizing is true though.

3 5

Not as soft as other Icebreaker items?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These are great tees, but I do have one strange gripe with them. I picked up two of these Icebreaker tech tees as my first Icebreaker purchase about three months ago (can't remember if it was on BC.com or not), and then just recently bought a bunch more merino items (mostly base layer / long underwear type items). I noticed that all the new merino items I got from Icebreaker (through BC.com) were WAY softer than these two tech tees I bought about three months ago. I even had a few items that were also 150gm (the body fit boxers), and were much softer than these tech tees. I called Icebreaker to ask about this, and they actually said it should be the exact opposite, because the body fit boxers have some lycra in them, while the tech tees are 100% merino. Well, my tech tees must either be defective or the person I spoke with on the phone from Icebreaker is the one who has it backwards because my tech tees are without a doubt not close to as soft as the boxers, as well as the apex bottoms and even the heavier original half zip long-sleeve shirt. Now, has this bothered me? No, not really, until I realized how much softer the rest of Icebreaker's products are! I plan on trying the SmartWool NTS Microweight T-Shirt at some point, and if those puppies are also softer, then I'll have that "which shirts should I wear" / "some of my shirts are obsolete" conundrum, which is irritating given the cost of these merino items. But, all in all, my Icebreaker tech tees are not so rough as to be uncomfortable (just not as soft as all the other Icebreaker products) and I did get a chance to put them through the ringer, and they certainly have held up. They dry faster than anything else I've ever used, and seem very well made. I just don't understand this whole softness issue as compared to their other products.

As a note, I wrote that they run a bit large. To be more specific, I observe they run large in length, not so much in cut, which can be good for some uses.

Responded on

Try washing them in cold water with LOTS of denim. Just run a few loads, no soap, just shirts, and jeans (make sure the zipers are up, and the buttons closed on the jeans). This should help soften them a bit.

5 5

Best T-shirt I have ever owned.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have been buying tech t-shirts for 17 years. Most of those shirts were made of polyester and nylon. After a while (sometimes a short while), they get funky. So funky that they're unbearable to wear. Merino is the solution. This shirt does not smell even after hours of vigorous activity, drenched in sweat. The material dries relatively quickly too. I wear this shirt hiking, biking, around town and on my daily commute. I used to dread pulling on a functified polyester tech shirt for my ride home after work. With the tech lite, that is never the case. I have even gone all day without changing, and nobody is the wiser. I would have offended several people including myself, if I tried to do this in my tech shirts of old. These are great alone in the heat or as a base layer in cold weather as they wick, breathe and insulate well. Every t-shirt I own is slowly being replaced by these shirts. They are comfortable, especially after a few washes. It's crucial to hang dry them. If you don't, you'll ruin the material. I know from first hand experience. Get one, and you're bound to get more. They're awesome.