Flexibility in clothing layers is key with traveling. Unless you’re absolutely certain of a very cold or very warm climate in a destination, it’s always worthwhile to consider a midweight layer just in case.
My current favorite midweight is Icebreaker’s Descender Long-Sleeve Zip.
For this review, I’m talking specifically about the women’s version, but it’s also made for men, and priced the same.
Why merino wool?
Because it helps to regulate your body temperature, wicking moisture away to keep you warm in cool weather and cool in warm weather.
It’s also naturally odor free, which is great on a daily basis, but especially when you’re traveling and need multiple wears out of a clothing item because you don’t have the ability to wash everything after only one wear.
The Descender is made from 84 percent merino wool, 9 percent nylon, 7 percent Lycra, and features Icebreaker’s corespun fibers—which use nylon fibers wrapped in merino wool for added durability and quicker drying.
The Descender’s heat-trapping channels help regulate your temperature during high-exertion pursuits like running, climbing, or skiing in cold conditions.
Lighter-weight side panels help manage moisture and get rid of excess heat when you’re moving fast (whether that’s on an outdoor adventure or speed shopping).
The jacket’s zippered hand pockets keep hands warm and also secure your important small items.
Forward-set side seams and offset shoulder seams don’t conflict with wearing a pack, so you won’t get a lot of rubbing.
Fold-over hand cuffs lend aid in keeping wrists and hands warm in cool weather.
A drop-tail hem adds additional coverage when you’re reaching for things, like that bag in the overhead compartment.
The Women’s Icebreaker Descender Long-Sleeve Zip comes in Burgundy Heather, Harmony (green), and Midnight Navy, and lists for $210 on the Icebreaker site.
The Men’s version comes in Black, Harmony (green), Kona (light gray), and Largo (deep blue), and lists for $210 on the Icebreaker site.