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The Icebreaker Blast Vest is a highly technical outerwear piece from the company who, although not super well-known stateside, is ‘THE brand’ for quality outdoor apparel in the adventure sports mecca of New Zealand. This according to some friends who recently vacationed there.
Icebreaker makes quality gear for cool and warm weather with Merino Wool because of its durability and exceptional wicking properties in warm weather, and insulating advantages when the temperature dips. Check out this video from Icebreaker about the Merino Sheep, and enjoy the always entertaining kiwi accent.
Despite having nice soft-touch textures, the materials of the Blast Vest seem to be very durable, and show virtually no signs of wear after half a dozen outings. Reflectivity is good as well, with the front Icebreaker logo being 3M reflective, and a strip of reflective graphics down the upper back of the vest. Overall, I would highly recommend the Icebreaker Blast Vest for those looking for an extremely high-quality piece to provide protection from cool weather, wind and light rain, but still breathe well if the temperatures climb. For those looking for a bit more protection, Icebreaker also makes a Blast long-sleeve.
The Blast Vest from Icebreaker retails for USD $199. For more information on the Blast Running Vest and other Icebreaker products, visit www.icebreaker.com.
The lightweight Blast Vest from our Technical Outer Layers range comprises a merino inner for next to the skin comfort, a polyurethane middle layer to protect against the wind, and a polyester outer to ward off the rain. Designed for running or cycling, this versatile soft shell vest also offers an interior pocket with cord hole for your MP3 player, a back vent for breathability, and an adjustable drop tail hem for extra protection.
Windproof, water repellent and highly breathable, our soft shell jackets and vests are designed for running, cycling and other outdoor sports on cooler days.