ICEBREAKER ATLAS HALF-ZIP

Review: The midweight merino wool feels soft and comfortable against the skin and offers plenty of stretch for easy movement. Collar feels snug, warm and very cosy. However, while the body is ideal for moisture management and warmth, it’s a little too figure-hugging for casual use. Couldn’t fault the Atlas on the hill. It seemed to have a wider temperature tolerance than the synthetic base-layers tested and this was enhanced even more by the snug, high neck and the lovely long zip. It did feel a tiny bit wetter than the synthetics, but didn’t ever feel clammy, and it dried quickly, too. As always with merino wool, odour retention wasn’t a problem, even after a few days wear.
VITAL STATS
Colours: Sea, inferno, black, ink
Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: 100% New Zealand merino wool
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01572 772437, www.icebreaker.comVerdict: While £40 seems a lot to pay for a base-layer, the versatility and performance of the Atlas definitely justifies the extra expense, especially if you walk in a range of conditions. A must for multi-day trips.