Ok, for me to write about a shirt it's going to take a lot - especially after having abandoned this blog for months. But, yes, I'm coming back like Michael Jordan and Jay-Z to tell you about these incredible shirts.
I only have one Icebreaker shirt right now. But I only own three shirts, so it's a significant part of my wardrobe. When I go to LA for a pit stop before Japan, I'm going to buy two more Icebreakers and get rid of my other shirts. That's how good they are.
They're lightweight, breathable, and luxuriously soft. I wear mine working out as well as out to dinner or karaoke. Wool is NOT itchy and gross anymore - this is WAY more comfortable than cotton.
But here's what's REALLY amazing about it : it doesn't smell bad. EVER. I can literally do a full workout, be dripping with sweat, and smell awful. I take a shower and get out, and I go to give the icebreaker a sniff test.
I'm not talking about a cursory whiff, either. I'm talking about holding the thing up to my nose and breathing through it.
It doesn't only smell "acceptable", it smells bounty-fresh. It is absolutely astounding. There is no trace whatsoever of odor on the shirt.
I was worried that wool may not be durable, but that's proven not to be the case. Besides wearing wool socks every day that haven't shown any signs of wear, I've done tons of workouts in my Icebreaker. No wear, no loose seams, nothing.
Icebreaker shirts all have a number associated with them, ranging from 140 to 320. This is the weight of the wool in grams/square centimeter or something. If you're going to wear it all year round, get a 140-200. If you're going to wear it in the winter, get a 260-300.
I really can't stress how awesome these shirts are. Once I get two more, plan to wear them exclusively for the forseeable future.
They're sold out pretty much everywhere, but you can try Icebreaker at Ebay.
Tom's of Maine is a healthier alternative for sure, and it works okay for the most part (no crusties). I find that I smell slightly of b.o. at the end of the day even in the winter (in Canada). It's a small sacrifice I suppose. Gillette gel deodorant never left crusties and I never smelled of b.o. even in Afghanistan summer temps... but it's got that aluminum crap that just ain't good for you. I don't like buying wool products (being a vegan), but they certainly last longer and you can wear them longer before they start to stink.
Yep... back in action. I'm going to announce it soon, but I wanted to make sure I had some posts up to back up my claim. :)
I don't get crusties. I use Tom's of Maine deodorant. The extra strength has better "flavors", but they dry my armpits out too much. I recommend the regular ones.
I haven't decided if they're best in the land yet or not... I'm going to try some other ones when I get to LA in a few weeks.
Hey cool, your starting this blog again!
I'm wondering, do you get deodorant/anti-persperiant armpit crusties with these shirts, or do you use a "best in the land deodorant" to avoid that problem. Or does your body not give off much sweat/bo that you dont have to worry about that too much?
They're sold out everywhere because they're a small company and people love the shirts so they can't keep up with demand.
Glad to be back... I'm scheduling one post a week, but I may up it to 2.
Why are they sold out pretty much everywhere? Are they no longer made or just super popular?
Great to see the site back, I'm hoping to get more detailed info about the other gear of life nomadic.
Our original gear list has changed. We've added a few gems and have also dumped some poor performing or no longer useful stuff.
Stuff that hit the trash can.
Taking a note out of tynan's books and my experiences travelling, travelling with less is always more. Having heavy bags, having to find a place where to store thing, and being bogged down is not how I like to travel, and thus I choose to travel very very minimalisitcally, Although I think tynan might be pushing it wanting to go sub-19 liters, but to each their own.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 13'
I love this thing, and now that the price is very competitive compared to other windows laptops in the range there is really no reason not to pay the, now, much smaller premium. before mac book would cost 25%+ than windows laptops in the same range, now the differnece is probably only 10%. For example, that asus zenbook 301ux LA (my current favortie windows laptop, I don't like tynans because the processor is not 4258u or 4558u which means lower wattage, worse built in graphics, and slightly worse performance, although his computer does weigh substantially less and due to lower wattage uses less battery. , so to each their own) costs about the same, give or take 100 dollars ( about 7% of the price) as the mac, except with mac you can run mac osx, and other oses, although the mac does weigh a little bit more, but I like the build a bit better.
Overall with the macbook pro you get a top of the line processor with the best built in graphics for ultrabook use, weighs a measly 3.3 pounds, which is a lot compared to the air and such, but you get a rugged build, and a 2560x1600 display resolution. and you can just bootcamp windows and linux. Overall I really like it, and I don't mind the extra weight because I find the gestures and the mac osx environments so useful on a laptop that I can't see myself going back. and I can just run windows apps within mac osx via parallels, whats not to love?
backpack: Tom bihn 19 synapse.