On Travel Gear Tuesdays I review travel or blogging related products. These are usually products I genuinely love, but if I don’t I will tell you so as well. Follow at #TGT. Today’s review is an Icebreaker shirt review:
Brands like to make bold, boastful claims – they call it marketing. Lynx would have you believe a quick spray of their deodorants makes men irresistible and Gillette would have you believe that they are the best a man can get. So when Icebreaker said that with their shirts you can head straight from a hike to a hot date because their merino wool shirts are odour resistant, I decided to put their claim to the test in the most challenging way I could think of – a workout in an authentic Cambodian gym!
Now don’t get me wrong, Cambodia has its fair share of fancy gyms but many of the newer facilities cater to ex-pats who seem to pay their monthly membership fee to get access to flattering mirrors, free wifi, and Khmer massages. But a gentle workout in one of those air-conditioned environments would be no test for my Tech T SS Lite Icebreaker T-Shirt. So I decided to head to a proper, no-frills gym where the hardy men of Cambodia hang out. A gym which costs a fantastic $0.25-a-session and has facilities to match the price.
So the result of my 30 minute workout in possibly the hottest gym in Cambodia…no sweat stains and the shirt smelled almost completely fresh actually. I still don’t understand how Icebreaker T-Shirts warm you up when it is cold (something I really appreciated during my freezing Everest Base Camp trek) and at the same time keep you cool in the heat (something I appreciated during my jungle treks in the Amazon and Cambodia). But it really seems to work. So my conclusion of the icebreaker shirt review: Icebreaker shirts are the perfect hiking or travel companions that can even survive a work-out in a roasting hot gym and still not stink. This is particularly handy of course if as a backpacker you haven’t got the opportunity to wash your clothes as often as you might like.
Oh, and the final part of the icebreaker shirt review…is it possible to go straight out on a hot-date? Well, all I can say about this is that my husband was willing to take me out for a pizza that afternoon without forcing me to get changed first. So to the extent a hot-date is possible after seven years of marriage, test passed!
Our exclusive giveaway
The lovely people at the Nature Shop kindly agreed to give away one Tech T Lite SS Icebreaker T-Shirt worth 60GBP (USD 95) to one of my lucky readers (male or female). For a chance to win one of these awesome Icebreaker T-Shirts simply leave a comment below and let me know if you want a male or female shirt and what size (subject to availability). You can double, triple, or quadruple your chances of winning if you like our Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or share this post on Twitter. I will close the giveaway one week from today.
Disclaimer: Having previously rocked various icebreaker tops on my hikes in the Andes, Himalayas and the Amazon (I have four different Icebreaker tops at home), I was sent a Tech T Lite SS Icebreaker T-shirt by the Nature Shop and asked to review it, though rest assured, if it had failed I’d be the first to say so (see my frank view of Barclays bank)!