For the last ten years I’ve been using merino wool blend clothing as base layers for cold weather climbing and skiing, but have left it at home for any warm weather forays because it has always been too warm. I’m the type of person that would be just fine with nine months of cold weather and snow and three months of cool, spring/fall-like temperatures. I do not do well in the heat and I don’t enjoy the heat. Unfortunately, I live in the desert that is Utah, a mile or so away from the eastern side of the Wasatch Front. What that means is that it gets hot and is very dry.
As much as I hate the heat, I hate staying inside more. I like to get out and hike, climb, bike, run, etc., no matter the temperature, I just don’t like it as much as during the winter or early spring. If I have the option, I try to head up to higher elevations (above 10,000ft) where temperatures are cooler. But, with work and other obligations, those trips are few and far between. If I relied only on these trips to stay in shape, I’d get fat (fatter than I already am).
Anyway, to deal with the heat I wear the lightest clothing I can find, sometimes sacrificing a little modesty to try to stay cool (I used to run in knee-length shorts and a t-shirt but find myself liking shorter, looser shorts now and lighter, looser shirts (or sometimes no shirt).
A little while back I was sent a t-shirt from Icebreaker to try out. I had an icebreaker shirt before but it was a little too warm and tight for warm-weather training. I thought I’d wear it more as a casual shirt because it would be too warm for our 90-100 degree heat, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has become my go-to shirt for most any warm weather outing.
The shirt is the Icebreaker Tech T Lite short sleeve shirt. It is a really nice looking shirt and I often wear it when I’m trying to look nice, but I often grab that shirt first for a trail run or to climb.
So, on Monday I got a surprise knock on my door from the UPS guy with a new Icebreaker shirt. I think this one is the Icebreaker GT Sonic SS Zip. So far I have gone trail running a couple times and played a couple hours of tennis yesterday in it. I love it! And it doesn’t stink.
SPECIAL DESIGN FEATURES
- Zip through workouts in dry comfort
- Quick drying GT150
- MP3 tunes via cord loophole
- Eyelet panels Increase venting underarm and on the back
- Sweat away with quick drying odour resistance
- Weight: 0.47-0.55 kg