We’re pretty keen at HI Travel Tales on filling our rather small suitcase with multifunctional items. The more you can multi-task something, the more options you have, and the less you have to pack.

Therese tried a couple of Icebreaker Oasis long-sleeve tops, the Long Sleeve Crewe Top and the Long Sleeve Half Zip Top. Although there may be more technical running and workout tops from Icebreaker (mesh inserts, contrast striping and thumb loop stuff), she chose these because they could go along on a run or ski, but also work day-to-day in casual situations. The tone-on-tone stripe added a bit of interest for daywear too. And the pretty, bright colors were a hit!

Therese, heading out on the town with her Icebreaker Oasis top

Therese, heading out on the town with “the girls” while visiting in Germany … fitting in nicely with her Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Zip top.

Therese found she could wear these a few days as casual wear, then transfer them to workout wear, wearing them again a few times and just letting them dry in between with the beauty of no-stink merino. In the cold European winter, she preferred the Icebreaker Oasis half-zip since she could pull it up around her neck yet still open it up for some venting on over-heated trains or more intensive runs.

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Lighter-weight 200-gram merino wool had plenty of warmth for temperatures into the teens or 20s Fahrenheit (about -3 to -7 or so Celsius, give or take), with a fleece or wind-resistant jacket over the top. Anti-chafe seams did just that.

HITT Tip: As a base layer or workout top, the Icebreaker Oasis tops are of course meant to hug the body. But if for day-to-day wear you aren’t comfortable with body-hugging tops, you may want to size up from your normal size.


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Therese Iknoian

Co-Conspirator at HI Travel Tales
Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian now focuses her writing and photography talents on travel. Fluent in German, Therese also runs a translation business (ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. She's a French speaker, and loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication. Therese is an award-winning member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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