|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.
Features and Specifications
- Manufacturer: Icebreaker
- Year/Model: 2008 Cross Cami
- Material: Merino wool: 190 g/m2 (5.6 in/yd2) body, 140 g/m2 (4.1 in/yd2) bra
- Sizes: XS – L
- Recommended For: B cup size for running/high impact sports and a C for anything else including hiking or backpacking
- Features: Shelf bra, elasticated straps, sporty back shape, curved side seams with feature stitching
- Weight: 4.4 oz (125 g) size M
- Available: Now
- MSRP: $49.99 solid colors, $54.99 prints (Plant It ’08 print shown)