As you might’ve noticed, we’ve got a thing for merino wool. It does us proud in the winter—but in hot, sunny and humid climates, it really shines (and yes, we also have a thing for apparent paradoxes: Wearing wool in the summer?). The Hopper Lite has become our go-to Tee for hiking, backpacking, and biking in hot conditions. The smooth-to-the-touch fabric is the lightest in Icebreaker’s line, with raglan sleeves that allow for unencumbered range of movement. The off-the-shoulder seams also assure that you won’t get rubbed raw with an irritating shoulder strap-seamline issues. You’ll love the all-natural wicking ability; wool isn’t as quick-drying as many synthetics, but its natural thermo-regulating properties keep you cool when you start to heat up and warm if you start get chilled. And—unlike synthetics—it’s naturally odor-resistant, which is a huge boon for go-light adventurers (and their tentmates). The clean lines and athletic fit also makes the Hopper as at home in a pub or on a plane as on the trail.
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