Overall Rating: Above Average
Construction and materials in the Icebreaker Cross Cami are high quality. Its only competitor in the wool-top-with-support category is the Ibex Balance Seamless Sport Bra. The Cross Cami is more attractive than the Ibex Bra and suitable for outerwear for some women. But the Ibex Bra provides more support. I rated the Icebreaker Cross Cami "Above Average" as a wool sport bra.
by Carol Crooker |
|Manufacturer photos of the merino wool Icebreaker Cross Cami with shelf bra.|
I'm a wool convert. I like wool next to my skin unless it's really hot (then I don't want anything next to my skin and hike in a loose fitting nylon sun shirt). I overheat less in wool when I'm exerting and chill less from sweat when I stop. A couple of years ago I started looking for a wool bra so all of my torso would be next to wool. I found one wool bra, the Ibex Balance Seamless Sport Bra. The only other option I found with support is this offering from Icebreaker, the Icebreaker Cross Cami.
The Cross Cami features a shelf bra in 140 g/m2 merino wool with the rest of the top in 190 g/m2 weight fabric. I wore the Cross Cami 24/7 for four days along the Tracy Ridge trail system in north west Pennsylvania and for three days of igloo living in south west Colorado. The top was very comfortable once I cut out the clear plastic hang loops. The shelf bra provides light support. An Icebreaker rep says they "recommend a B cup size for running/high impact sports and a C for anything else including hiking or backpacking." The Cross Cami provided enough support for me (A cup) hiking and snowshoeing but is not the top to pick if you like a lot of support.
The top is very attractive and suitable for outerwear depending on your modesty preferences. I prefer to wear it under another layer since the combination of the shirt and bra fabrics is still quite thin.
"Icebreaker Cross Cami SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/icebreaker_cross_cami_spotlite_review.html, 2008-02-29 15:59:00-07.