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Published on February 18th, 2011 | by Greg


I/O Bio’s Track Jacket: Wonder Wool

Wool can be a tough ma­te­ri­al to love- it can be scratchy or harsh, even if it is at­trac­tive. And though tra­di­tion­al­ly quite warm, wa­ter can make that wool gar­ment cold and heavy. We’ve re­cent­ly been test­ing some coats with wool blends in tru­ly cold cli­mates, but in San Fran­cis­co and the Bay Area, we need some­thing lighter and per­haps a bit more hip.

The I/O Bio Meri­no Men’s Sig­na­ture Track Jack­et Fleece is just the tick­et- a lightweight, long sleeve, fair­ly tight zip­pered jack­et that of­fers some nice neck and wrist cov­er­age to keep out the some­times fierce winds. And though it’s not too thick, it fits nice­ly over a lay­er for pro­tec­tion against the fog­gy cool. 95% meri­no wool makes it su­per-soft, feel­ing more like cot­ton but of­fer­ing a lot of ex­tra warmth. The oth­er 5% is elas­tane, which makes the jack­et a bit more flex­i­ble and stretchy. And meri­no wool is great for ath­letes, run­ners, jog­gers, or most any­one who moves around, as it of­fers su­perb wick­ing, mean­ing you won’t over­heat or sud­den­ly get cold due to your ex­er­tions.

You won’t find us on the track, to be frank. We may run plen­ty on the Mis­sion streets, ei­ther catch­ing a bus or dash­ing to get to the next stop on our fa­vorite food truck’s route. So there was some con­cern that a track jack­et would be per­haps a tad too ath­let­ic. But the col­or scheme was im­me­di­ate­ly ap­peal­ing- ours was slate and blue, though a black ver­sion is avail­able. Siz­ing seemed ap­pro­pri­ate if a bit tight- we re­ceived a large, which fit fair­ly snug on a per­son who nor­mal­ly wears that size. If you plan on bundling a thick lay­er un­der­neath, you may want to pur­chase a size above what you nor­mal­ly wear.

The jack­et has so far gone through a cou­ple of storms, plen­ty of bike rides, and more than a few lengthy nights out. And though we no­ticed some nor­mal wear- no loose threads or any­thing but some de­gree of pil­ing, which looks a bit like fuzz. Clean­ing is easy, and the zip­pers were smooth. The on­ly ma­jor awk­ward thing we found was the pock­ets, as they were a bit out of the nor­mal po­si­tion, in­stead lo­cat­ed quite a bit fur­ther to the sides rather than the front. Oth­er than that, we wished for a bit of re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­al for night time ac­tiv­i­ties, and per­haps a bit of a lin­er around the neck line.

This is a great buy for a boyfriend who is in­to ex­er­cise, per­fect for hik­ing or climb­ing in fair­ly mild cli­mates. For $90-$140 and avail­able wide­ly on­line, it’s a de­cent val­ue, and is the best look­ing gar­ment of it’s type that we’ve seen.

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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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