Icebreaker women’s wear for fall and winter travel

Icebreaker is a trusted brand that delivers time and again on travel wear for my outdoorsy self. Every time I review an Icebreaker product, I can feel sure it will be high quality, live up the hype, and be both stylish and performance-savvy. Icebreakers base, mid and outwear layers are made with merino, which is perhaps the perfect travel fabric. It’s lightweight, soft, non-itchy, non-clammy, warm in the cold and cool in the heat, and manages to resist odor. Here’s what I’m checking out this fall.

Cardigan Sweater Pants:

These pants are exactly what they sound like. I’m wearing them as I type this. I’ll similarly be wearing them on my next long-haul flight. They are soft and breathable merino wool, and designed more like jogger pants than leggings. These pants are not skin tight, but they’re not baggy, either. You get a ribbed waistband with an external drawcord, and my absolute only complaint is that I find it hard to get the drawcord tight enough…these pants always fit me a little loose at the waist. But see above to my flight day plans…this is okay with me for the most part. When I’m wearing these pants, it’s because I want to be warm and comfortable.

They have a tapered leg opening and ribbed cuff bands to give them a finished, more tailored look than your average sweat pants, and the inseam is 31″ on the women’s medium. I would normally need a 28″, but since these pants are cuffed, it’s no biggie. Pick up a pair on Icebreaker for $150 in heather gray or black.

Momentum Hooded Pullover:

This hoodie is absolutely a classic. It fits loosely (in fact, my teenaged son has adopted mine, which is actually a women’s medium) and is both technical and casual. The wool wicks away moisture well, so this is your hoodie for a light hike or a jog, but it can also do fine with long stretches between washings on your next trip.
The patented Cool-Lite fabric is comfortable in warm to hot temperatures, so this hoodie can be a good cover-up even at the beach, and the hood has a drawcord for usability (not just for looks). You get a kangaroo pocket and dropped front and back hem for added coverage, making this hoodie perfect for pairing with leggings, too. Pick it up in XS-XL for $180. Yes, this is a steep price, but this classic hoodie will be in your closet for a very long time.
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This mid-layer jacket is perfect as a stand-alone piece on chilly fall days (it keeps coming with me on my morning walks), but it’s thin enough to serve as an effective mid-layer under a puffy jacket or shell. I plan to wear this jacket while ski touring, because I know the merino will wick away sweat while remaining breathable, and it’s coming to Europe with me this winter too, because I know it will remain looking great even when it could probably stand a washing.
The fleece lining offers temperature regulation and the lycra built-in gives the jacket added stretch. The fold-over cuffs keep your hands warm when you don’t quite need gloves yet (or don’t want to dig them out of your bag) and you get a drop tail, which I always appreciate. This jacket comes in three colors: heathered gray, black, or a bright pink and fits snugly in size XS-XL. Pick it up for $225.


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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