Icebreaker GT150 Run Ace Long Sleeve Crewe

After the success of the GT260 winter weight top as an integral piece of gear, I was excited to receive the Icebreaker GT150 Run Ace Long Sleeve Crewe to test out and review. GT Run is a premium range of technical garments designed specifically for runners. Icebreaker merino breathes, controls temperature and protects runners from the sun’s harmful rays. Here’s what Icebreaker says about the shirt:
The sharp silhouette, core colours and dynamic reflective piping on the right shoulder give this long-sleeve crewe its distinctive edge. What you’ll really love about the LS Ace Crewe, though, are its run-specific technical features – the lightweight, non-itch, highly breathable fabric; the eyelet panels for even greater ventilation; the cord management loop to make it easier for you to listen to music; and the handy stash pocket.
  • Reflective piping detail on upper right shoulder
  • Thumb Loops
  • GT150
  • Eyelet panels for breathability
  • Cord management loop at neckline
  • Back stash pocket
  • Icebreaker logo and GT wordmark
Much like the GT260, this shirt is both lightweight and comfortable, with warmth appropriate for its use. It conforms to the body, but not in a clingy fashion and once again, the thumb loops are an excellent addition, for days when bare hands might not be enough, but gloves would be too much. As with all Icebreaker clothing, there isn’t a need to wash it very often – the merino wool acts as a scent suppressor, so even after 6 or 7 or more workouts, the apparel has no stink. Simply amazing. Extremely high quality, superb performance, once again, highest marks for use as a standalone piece or lighter-weight baselayer.
One thing more environmental companies are doing is allowing the consumer to see where the materials for the product came from. Icebreaker offers the Baacode for consumers to see where their wool was sourced. It displays the possible stations from which the wool was sourced, then discusses their environmental and manufacturing ethics, followed by their thoughts on animal welfare.

Environmental Ethics

The French factory that cleans Icebreaker merino fibre recycles and cleans its water. Lanolin oils, produced as a waste product by this process, are sold to the beauty industry.

The German factory that spins the fibre reuses heat produced by processing for air conditioning, while the factory that makes Icebreaker garments conserves energy through large-volume dyeing. It also has a water recycling plant and a heat transfer plant to reuse energy for heating.

Manufacturing Ethics

We chose our manufacturing partners very carefully, and monitor them to see they meet our strict ethical requirements.

Our manufacturers are required to demonstrate strong business ethics, and have an up-to-date manufacturing plant and access to the latest technology.

They must be part of, or working towards, a global quality assurance programme (such as ISO 9001). They must also be part of, or working towards, a global environmental assurance programme (such as ISO 14001), and/or comply with Oeko-Tex environmental standards for textiles.

Manufacturers must also be working to incorporate sustainable practices into their business.
We require our manufacturers to respect their workers and provide them with a caring, community environment that includes good natural light, clean air and healthy working conditions. Workers are paid above the prevailing minimum wage, given three meals a day and offered accommodation if necessary.

Animal Welfare

More than one million sheep supply Icebreaker with merino fibre. These hardy free-range merinos roam the mountains, grazing on pasture, and are given extra feed at times of year when the pasture grows slowly.
We pioneered the practice of signing contracts for our future fibre needs directly with high country merino growers. This gives growers the security of knowing they can plan their future fibre production ahead of time; in return, they agree to meet our strict animal welfare requirements.

These five non-negotiable requirements are:

  1. Freedom from thirst and hunger.
  2. Provision of appropriate comfort and shelter.
  3. Prevention of (or rapid diagnosis and treatment of) injury, disease or parasite infestation.
  4. Freedom from distress.
  5. The ability to display normal patterns of behaviour.
Our suppliers must also meet Icebreaker’s standard of care of sheep dogs.

I think that the Baacode is a nice start and I realize that it is expensive for companies to enact policies like this one. I have to say that I hope Icebreaker expands this and shows the path from grower to consumer, including all intermediate steps. So I would like to see the station(s) where the wool was sourced, then follow it to France, then Germany, then China, all the way to the United States. Larger companies are doing this already, hopefully Icebreaker will be able to follow suit.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Icebreaker via the Jam Collective. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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