Ice Breaker Chakra Zip (2012)

Simply the warmest, softest, best-looking, most versatile base-layer on test. It’s got a high zip-neck collar which locks in warmth when you need it, and allows a welcome flow of air if you get too warm. The fit is form-fitting but not tight, so it feels just as comfortable underneath outer layers as it does on its own. Made from 100% merino wool, it breathes incredibly well, and quickly wicks away sweat so that your skin stays dry. It washes easily (best on a cold wash), and won’t suffer any shrinkage. The fabric is strong too, and although it’s pricey, it should keep you warm year after year. But the most amazing thing about this base-layer is that it just won’t smell – even when you think it ought to!

Sizes: XS-XL

Fabric: 100% merino wool

Weight: 200g

Contact: 01572 772 437

Review from Country Walking magazine, January 2012.