Icebreaker's latest arrival is a merino alternative to fleece which they're calling "Realfleece'.
Posted: 16 September 2010
New for winter 2011 from Icebreaker is a fabric they're billing as 'Realfleece', in essence, it's a merino wool alternative to the synthetic fleeces we're all familiar with and designed for low aerobic activity like hiking and walking.
In this video, Icebreaker founder and CEO Jeremy Moon talks about Realfleece - it's a new merino variant from Icebreaker that features a smooth, air-permeable jersey finish on the outside and a brushed terry knit inside which traps air pockets to increase insulation.
There are two styles for men and women, one with hood and one without, and they can, says Icebreaker, be worn over a baselayer and/or inside a waterproof or windproof shell jacket. The men's version is the Aspiring Zip with a full zip front, handwarmer pockets and a chest pocket, while the women's version is the Igloo Zip and both are also available in hooded versions - the Aspiring Hood and the Igloo Hood with the same features plus a zip.
Like all Icebreaker products, the Realfleece line is Baacoded, so you can go to the Icebreaker web site and trace the wool used alll the way back to the sheep ranch it came from - it's actually quite fascinating if you have a spare ten minutes or so.
More details to follow and, hopefully, a review too, images below - more Icebreaker information at www.icebreaker.com.