Icebreaker Cool-Lite Spark Short Sleeve V and Icebreaker Comet Long Sleeve Half Zip tops review

Last updated: 17-Aug-18

By Alice Morrison

With the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn it is time to get out the transitional tops. I am definitely a sweaty betty so I need tops that will let me sweat at will and dry quickly. Even when the weather is chilly, I find that I heat up quickly. I have always liked Icebreaker merino products, and have a couple of tops that have lasted over ten years through thick and thin so I was pleased to give these two a run for their money. Check icebreaker for Men’s.

Icebreaker Cool-Lite Spark Short Sleeve V

This is a lovely simple running top. There is nothing fancy or pretentious about it but the quality shines through. It is soft to the touch and I love merino wool and the natural feel and the fit is good – big enough and long enough. The other thing I liked was that it was very light. Just 116g on the kitchen scales. There is a mesh back and underarm which gave maximum air circulation. I did manage to get it wet through on my run but it was dry within 20 minutes and it didn’t smell too bad. If you want lots of features, though, this is not the top for you. I wouldn’t have minded a pocket somewhere. I liked it too because I could put a long sleeved top over it with ease and not feel constricted.

PROS: Simple. light, breathable, great under long sleeves.

CONS: No features, a bit unstructured so may bag a little with wear (hasn’t yet).

CONCLUSION: I would use this shirt on summer and autumn runs as it gives a lot of air flow and wicked the sweat off really well while keeping in some warmth.

Score  
Design 7/10
Features 7/10
Performance 9/10
Value 7/10
Total 8/10

Icebreaker Comet Long Sleeve Half Zip

The first thing I liked about this top was that I could roll it up and stuff it into my Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta hydration pack. It is lovely and light at just 178g and folds up super small. Again, it is a very simple running top. I missed having a pocket for sure as I had popped it on over the short sleeved Spark and I could have done with somewhere to pop my little bag of jelly babies in. But for what I needed the top for, which was to warm me up a little as the evening chill set in, without overheating me, it was 100% effective. The zip is protected at the neck and the collar was nice and snug when I started getting a bit cold. Also the collar is very light so I didn’t have that strange drag you sometimes get on light clothing where the collar is too heavy.

PROS: Light, breathable, easy to wear, comfortable collar.

CONS: Would have liked a pocket.

CONCLUSION: I would use this shirt as a secondary one in the autumn to keep out the chill or as a base one in the winter with something heavier over it.

Score  
Design 8/10
Features 7/10
Performance 9/10
Value 8/10
Total 8/10

All images Alice Morrison except when stated.

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OUR RATING:
4/5
YOUR RATING:
0.0/5

"There is nothing fancy or pretentious about it but the quality shines through"

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