Thursday, February 24, 2011

Icebreaker GT 260 Pursuit Crewe Product Review


What the company says about the Icebreaker GT 260 Pursuit Crewe"You have to try on the Pursuit Crewe to understand how good our new range of technical base layer garments feel against your body. Lightweight, breathable and faster drying than ever, the fabric is ideal for high intensity sports. With sleeve gussets for east of movement, and flatlock stitching to prevent chafing.
  • Trim, athletic fit
  • Crewe neck
  • Raglan sleeves
  • Sleeve gusset for ease of movement
  • Contrast flatlock stitching
  • Reflective Icebreaker logo and GT wordmark"


Icebreaker is a small company that offers a simple credo: "Let’s be what the others weren’t. They were synthetic; we were natural. They were about sweaty men; we were gender inclusive (I have three older sisters who were big on this). They were about hard adventure; we were about kinship with nature." As a board, they meet every month for half a day to review how they are developing as a business; as a culture; as a company with responsibilities to their customers, retailers and suppliers; and how they impact on the physical and social environments they draw from and supply to. An example of their attention to environmental concerns is the use of merino wool as the base material. "Merino comes from an annually renewable source. Each year, the wool on an animal grows back, and each spring the coat is shorn once again ready for summer. Similarly, you can bury your Icebreaker in your garden and it will compost. It’s built to work across all seasons, and last for many seasons – a counterpoint to disposable consumerism."

Everything about this product screams quality, from the packaging to the garment itself. Small details make this interesting each time it is looked at. The box looks like a typical package, yet, when opened, the box contains a gorgeous image of a ram horn, with text: "Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better" - Albert Einstein. The long sleeve crewe shirt is a simple black, yet upon closer examination one notices the sail (blue) accents, the thumb loops sewn in for comfort, the subtle logos.


I ran and cycled extensively with this shirt, both as a baselayer and singly, inside and outside. Even soaked through with sweat, it retained its shape and never felt droopy or clingy in an uncomfortable way. One of their mottoes is "Think Don't Stink." I put it to the test by wearing it for 6 straight days of training: running on the treadmill and outside, as well as riding my trainer. The result? Not a whiff of body odor, no sweaty scent, nothing foul in any way whatsoever. Complete disbelief on my part - I sweat a lot! So I took it to the authority, my wife Laima. Throughout the 6 day test, she also never noticed a sweaty odor. She is as sensitive to smells as I am not, so, while it may come as no surprise that I didn't notice anything, it is proof positive of the efficacy of this product that she did not.

I wholeheartedly endorse this as a genuine necessity for anyone who runs, cycles, or participates in sports during cooler or cold weather. I never noticed any itchy feeling from the merino wool, the fit and quality were outstanding, and the complete lack of stink after use is simply amazing. Looking forward to trying their other products!


For those of you who do not live in wintry areas - I still highly recommend this for those occasional days when, yes, it drops below 60 and you start thinking about adding layers. This shirt will take the place of a baselayer and vest and, with the thumb loops, no need for gloves either.

Icebreaker can be found online at their website, their blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Take a look - high quality endurance gear that may just last forever!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Icebreaker via the Jam Collective. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

Would you like your product reviewed? Contact me at lakotega@yahoo.com. 

13 comments:

  1. What's a base layer...Kidding.

    I don't typically start thinking second layer until the 30s.

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  2. Am I meant to pick up on the quasi Minor Threat reference? No one's picked up on my quasi Monet reference I threw down today.

    I know everyone thinks it doesn't get that cold here, but base layers are so important in every climate in any outdoor sport and I'm glad that there are tons of quality products coming out in this world. Man I remember when REI capilene long underwear was the bomb.

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  3. 60? If it drops below 70F I'm in a hoodie. That's crazy cold!

    Okay, not really, but I do break out the scarf and gloves if the temp gets anywhere near the low 60s. I don't know what I'd do if I had to move back to the midwest again. Probably freeze to death.

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  4. I need one of those for the non-stink factor alone :P

    Wish I had one this weekend... we are possibly getting our first snowfall in over 20 years. Possibly.

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  5. That's a nice looking shirt. And not just because of the model. :) I like the non-stinky aspect, because since running I've definitely gotten smellier.

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  6. i'd like to order the one with the black shirt. :D

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  7. Sounds like you really put this product to the test. The smell of sweat or not, I'm not sure I could have worn the same thing for 6 workouts...that must be a guy thing :) Sounds awesome though, thanks for the review.

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  8. Great photo ... man, you've been killing it!

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  9. Great review, wow to find running clothes that won't stink! Did they have a compression feature as well?

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  10. Dash, no compression, not sure if it could be accomplished using merino, interesting idea.

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  11. Great review! That sounds like an awesome piece of clothing!

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  12. My wife has been running in one of these all winter. It's not really for me, but she loves it!

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