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Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Greg

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Icebreaker Commute: Fashionable, Flexible Merino

Yes, it’s bike sea­son. If the last few days of re­views and dis­cus­sions haven’t con­vinced you to hop on your wheels and head for a ride, maybe to­day’s prod­uct will do the trick. We’ve been out and about, rid­ing through the tran­si­tion be­tween spring and sum­mer, and al­ter­nate­ly en­joy­ing and curs­ing the rain. It’s been the per­fect time to have an ex­tra lay­er handy- now it’s get­ting a bit warm for wool here dur­ing the day­times in NYC, but cool­er evenings and ear­ly morn­ings still can be a bit chilly.

The Ice­break­er Com­mute Zip Thru is a men’s long sleeve jack­et made from Meri­no wool, with just a bit of Ly­cra for stretch­i­ness and com­fort. Classy enough to wear in to work, it’s durable and feels great. We liked the unique code that’s on each piece of ap­par­el (they call it a baa­code, no joke), al­low­ing you to track the item back to the farm. Re­flec­tive touch­es (or­ange zip­pers, a small patch on the back) add some safe­ty for cy­clists, though we felt the back could’ve used from a bit of ex­tra ma­te­ri­al on a dark­er jack­et like this. The two pock­ets zip, with im­pres­sive­ly good and sealed zip­pers.

It’s rea­son­ably heavy, as men­tioned- wool isn’t the light­est of ma­te­ri­als. But it wicks im­pres­sive­ly well, mean­ing that we stayed dry even dur­ing up­hill ex­er­tions or dur­ing the mists and storms re­cent­ly. The ma­te­ri­al has al­so held up well to some harsh ur­ban con­di­tions, and looks about the same as when it ar­rived. How many se­ri­ous pieces of bik­ing ap­par­el can you wear to din­ner and not feel out of place? At $175, it’s def­i­nite­ly priced on the high­er side, but for com­fort and style, Ice­break­er has won some fans.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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