Made of 150-gram merino wool—which is practically a miracle fabric—it's tough, wrinkle-proof, helps regulate body temperature by warming you when temperatures dip and cooling you on hot days, plus it's sustainable and traceable, and looks pretty damn good, too. Above all that, the Tech T Lite is supremely (and bafflingly) odor-resistant, which is the opposite of most modern stink-cultivating technical fabrics. That's why, season after season, this is the New Zealand-based company's most popular product.
I own half a dozen of these shirts, which I scoop up with relish when they go on sale at the end of each season (hey, at $75 each, you don't get all of those qualities cheap). I wear them biking, hiking, rock climbing and just knocking around town, all of which they perform ably and repeatedly between washings.
Now through May 31, Icebreaker is giving away some of its Spring-Summer 2013 shirts, for which they recruited a handful of guest artists to design eye-catching graphics that evoke nature and the outdoors.
Info on the artists, from Icebreaker:
• Portland-based artist Ed Hepp, who created designs to show nature in juxtaposition. From a distance, a design might appear to be a stag, but up close you can see it is made up of many tiny, hand-drawn mountain triangles, giving each print an element of discovery.
• Oregon-based Adam Haynes, who has a distinctive playful, offbeat art style that’s both clever and fantastical. Adam juxtaposes different elements, such as a bike, with nature.
• Originally from New Zealand, Amanda Cranston is a world traveler with a keen photographic eye. Her designs concentrate on rich textures and tones, inspired by snapshots of natural elements from overseas.
To enter to win a t-shirt, and a $1,000 Icebreaker shopping spree, follow this link: icebreaker.com/tshirts. You can enter daily to increase your chances.