Icebreaker Shell+ Jackets Great For Aussie Conditions

As the Matildas waltz on through the FIFA World Cup what better way to go waltzing in snow downunder than in the new Icebreaker Shell+ jackets the fabric of which are made 100% from jolly jumbuck fleeces.

OK, that last part we made up – maybe the came from grumpy merinos? But our tester Dave Windsor found they work great.

Testing the Icerbreaker Shell+ jacket at Mt Buller
Styling the Icebreaker Shell+ jacket at Buller © Mariola Windsor

With unseasonably spring like conditions hitting Australia’s Alpine environs, it was time to ditch my regular cosy jacket and hit Buller with the Icebreaker Shell+™ Hooded Jacket.  An icebreaker merino base and merino mid-layer kept me warm, whilst the stylish merino Shell+™ Hooded Jacket kept me dry and snug sitting on the breezy lifts.  The merino hatrick worked an absolute treat in the somewhat variable winter-spring conditions.

The almost iridescent lemon colour absolutely pops. My family had no trouble spotting me through the fog off Summit, the mist through Standard or grabbing a cheeky margarita at Bull Run Cantina.  And if I say so myself, I looked pretty snappy at lunch in the Woodroom at Arlberg House and a quiet après at Duck Inn

This bad boy not only looks great, it’s also packed with function – fully seem sealed, 2-way zipper (great for when nature calls), a pair of hand pockets & chest vents, left wrist pocket for my Buller B-Tag and a couple of internal dump pockets for a neck warmer, gloves or spare goggle lens.

Remarkably, and somewhat magically, the Icebreaker Shell+™ Hooded Jacket is crafted from tightly woven 100% merino, then coated with a water repellent finish; providing perfect protection against wind and light rain.  Pure quality, natural fibre and sharp lines make this a premium addition to my adventure wardrobe.

Next stop Magnetic Island Race Week, I’ll give it a whirl on board and if I go over my mates will have no problems spotting me in the Coral Sea.

Shell+™ is icebreaker’s first ever 100% natural outer layer that’s water repellent and wind resistant.

Made entirely from natural fibres that are pre-stretched, woven together, and then released to create a super dense fabric, Shell+ is a natural alternative to synthetic jackets that helps keep you protected from the elements. New styles include:

● Shell+™ Hooded Jacket – for snow activities (AU$ 899.99 / NZ$ 999.99)

● Shell+™ Pants – for snow activities (AU$ 719.99 / NZ$ 799.99)

FeaturesShell+™ – A woven fabric is coated with a water-repellent finish to keep you warm and protect you against wind and light rainPFC Free durable water repellent finish – for light rain protectionFully seam sealed3 point adjustable hood with back vent that allows it to be worn with or without a helmetArticulated seams for enhanced range of motionZippered chest vents to allow body temperature regulationCuffs with snap closure that allows two different settingsOffset shoulder seams to prevent friction2-way water resistant zipper with storm flap and zipper chin guard to prevent frictionZippered hand pocketsInternal dump pockets that fit a pair of glovesLeft arm secure pass pocketDrop tail hem for added coverage

Available online and instore.

Icebreaker Shell+™ Features

  • Shell+™- A woven fabric is coated with a water-repellent finish to keep you warm and protect you against wind and light rain
  • PFC Free durable water repellent finish – for light rain protection
  • Fully seam sealed3 point adjustable hood with back vent that allows it to be worn with or without a helmet
  • Articulated seams for enhanced range of motionZippered chest vents to allow body temperature regulation
  • Cuffs with snap closure that allows two different settings
  • Offset shoulder seams to prevent friction2-way water resistant zipper with storm flap and zipper chin guard to prevent friction
  • Zippered hand pocketsInternal dump pockets that fit a pair of gloves
  • Left arm secure pass pocket
  • Drop tail hem for added coverage