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Check out the Sphere Long-Sleeved Crewe – a sun protection top from Icebreaker

I’m sure it’s something we all realize when the warm weather hits – we need to stay protected from the sun. As runners, we are mostly hitting the streets and trails outside, and Oregon is about as beautiful a place in the country to do so. When my dad first was diagnosed with cancer 9 years ago, there was a small epiphany that I needed to be better about this. But, I was 26 at the time and though I had a child, I was still youthfully invincible. Now at 35, with my dad’s cancer recently returning, it has again hit home that I actually need to be serious about this. As a result, I am going to be highlighting some items over the summer that assist in protecting us from the sun – this time with a long sleeve top from Icebreaker.

I don’t know about you, but I generally associate Merino wool as a fabric designed to keep runners warm in cool temperatures. In fact, I have more than a few Merino-based tops and bottoms in my running repertoire, ready to pull out and keep me warm at a moment’s notice. I actually am aware that Merino wool has properties to keep runners cool in the heat, but it never dawns on me at first.

Icebreaker sent us their Sphere Long-Sleeved Crewe, a top from their Cool-Lite collection that features TENCEL mixed with Icebreaker’s Merino wool – which is said to keep you cooler and wick moisture 3x better. It also has a UPF 30 to keep the sun at bay.

I have been wearing this over the past few weeks and have really liked it. It’s simple and understated (the only company logo is on a tiny tag on the lower portion near the waist), in addition to being well-constructed. It is super light and I have found it great for summer running and/or high sweat activities, such as hiking. It’s not cumbersome and the construction allows for flexibility during motion. I have not only felt protected during my runs and kiddo excursions, but also haven’t felt significantly overheated as one may expect.

I also appreciated that this shirt could double as a casual baselayer (perhaps under a t-shirt or polo) or even as a standalone top in casual settings. While I have a lot of great running-only shirts, I definitely appreciate the ability to wear a comfortable shirt to play with my kids at the park without feeling like I’m geared up.

Overall, this appears to be a surprisingly solid warm weather shirt. The price point is definitely a bit high, but Icebreaker allows for free returns and exchanges so you can try out without worrying.


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A chance meeting with a merino sheep farmer had sparked something inside me, a passion. From that moment I was hooked on the possibilities of natural solutions to technical apparel. Starting out was hard. Those years were pure belief and perseverance. Giving up never entered my mind for a moment. At the time, synthetics were king and wool was a non-contender.

Now over 20 years later, merino-based apparel is seducing wearers all over the world and we’re proud of the part we play in sharing the wonder and brilliance of the power of nature. Its beauty, resourcefulness and strength are qualities we are committed to and humbled by constantly.

Thank you to Icebreaker for providing us with some a sample item. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1432 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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