Ain’t Snow Joke
By The Editors / January 6, 2014 9:00 am

New Zealand: ancestral home to hobbits, small flightless birds, Chinese gooseberries and merino sheep with very, very large testicles.

Huzzah for that last fact. Because the furry owners of those prodigious gonads provide the ultra-fine merino wool that’s knitted into activewear from Icebreaker TouchLab, now open in the Gold Coast.

Straight out of New Zealand, Icebreaker peddles warm, good-looking, lightweight and odor-resistant activewear.

Breathable yet insulating, and perfect for layering.

The gear we’ve got our eye on:

The Apex Long Sleeve and the Apex Leggings make for excellent base layers during Chicago’s Arctic season.

Or if you need an outer layer, there’s the Legacy Trench: a slick jacket that looks anything but performance-engineered, but it’s wind-resistant and made from heavyweight merino wool.

Icebreaker also stocks tons of cold weather necessities like balaclavas, gloves and socks.

You gotta love Kiwis. And their well-endowed sheep.