Icebreaker Tech T Lite - Men's

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Dispelling the myth that wool is a fabric only worn in the winter, the best selling Icebreaker Tech Tee Lite for Men is an ultra fine, high performance wool t-shirt that will keep you cool, wick moisture and resist odor all summer long. Worn on its own, the Tech Tee Lite performs best in warm to hot conditions, but layered up, it makes a great cool weather base layer. Ideal for backpacking, trail running, and mountain biking; once you own a Tech T Lite, you will want one in every color.

Specifications

  • 100% merino wool
  • 150g ultralite journeys – warm to hot conditions
  • Soft and luxurious against the skin
  • Non-itchy
  • Inner back neck binding
  • Each Icebreaker garment contains a unique Baacode that lets you trace the fine merino wool back to the source; visit the Icebreaker website for more information

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

30 Reviews

Pros
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Lasts forever: 7
  • Great value: 3
  • Build quality: 21

Cons
  • Cost: 8
  • pricey: 1
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Wicking: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Fit: 3.1 / 5

30 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Golffreak
top100Contributor

Awesome wool tee
May 14, 2011

I have other pieces of clothing from IceBreaker that are for winter but was cautiously deliberating whether to buy a wool tee. To my absolute amazement this is a fantastic piece of clothing. I never would have realized how comfortable this would feel. Good length past the waist. No smelly odor when you sweat, wicks well and it dries fast after you wash it. I have worn it all by itself and layered it with my Rock Zip. Talk about being warm. Awesome! One small change from my perspective would be to make the sleeve a tad longer (1/2 inch to an inch). Other than that well worth the money. I'm buying more. Would like to see Altrec offer the long sleeve version as well.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
lulu21
from Tucson, Arizona
55-64 yrs

Soft and trendy
March 03, 2011

I bought this tee for my husband who usually wears tees that are synthetic but look "hip" in that they fit close to the body and can dress up jeans. This tee is a great replacement and is so lovely next to the skin. I haven't washed it yet, but out of the box it is luxurious and fits his 6 foot 1 165 lb frame beautifully. The color is sophisticated. This tee is going to be a wardrobe workhorse: good for times when he needs a more dressed up tee and fantastic hiking and hanging around. He already told me he wants more!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
NFForever
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Worth the money
May 11, 2012

This is my first merino wool t-shirt but will not be my last. You definitely get what you pay for. The shirt is very comfortable. Great fit. Awesome wicking properties. More comfortable than the synthetic athletic shirts I had been wearing for hikes. The branding on the chest is bigger than I thought from the picture, but it is not terribly noticeable. Very happy with this purchase.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
aleitry

Fit & Fabric
December 28, 2010

Every Icebreaker garment I've purchased has become a favorite piece in my wardrobe. The Tech T Lite has a slim cut but it is not skin tight. Icebreaker's process also allows the fabric to drape nicely while so far avoiding pilling. As always, Icebreaker offers basic colors as well as interesting shades. Ultimately, the Tech T Lite is a fine choice for layering in cool weather or as a top on sunny warm days. 5'9" | 165 | Medium

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
NFForever
from New York, NY

Worth the money
May 11, 2012

This is my first merino wool t-shirt but will not be my last. You definitely get what you pay for. The shirt is very comfortable. Great fit. Awesome wicking properties. More comfortable than the synthetic athletic shirts I had been wearing for hikes. The branding on the chest is bigger than I thought from the picture, but it is not terribly noticeable. Very happy with this purchase.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
wheelsdown7
from San Antonio, Texas
45-54 yrs

Warm, cool, clean and attractive!
February 02, 2012

Nice color, little on the bluish side. Use this as both a cycling baselayer, and a nice shirt to lift weights or SPIN in. Washes up very well, I use the "hand wash" cycle on my machine and the wool drying cycle. This is my fifth or sixth Icebreaker product in the past two years, all of them have held up well!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Cugalug
from Toledo, OH

Cotton Forgotten ... and Synthetics, too.
March 07, 2011

We're finally crawling out of winter here in Northwest Ohio, so it's time for some fewer and lighter layers. This Icebreaker Tech T Lite will be my go-to base layer as I run in the early spring. At 5-11, 175 the XL fits well. Great freedom of movement - never restricts what I want to do. And like every other Icebreaker top I own, it provides me with unmatched moisture management. Icebreaker Merino does absolutely still insulate when it's wet. There's only one thing it doesn't do - stink! Once you wear Icebreaker merino wool, you'll forget about cotton and polyester. It does cost a little more, but it's well worth the investment.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Oistrakh
from San Francisco, CA
35-44 yrs

Excellent active shirt
May 30, 2011

This shirt is great for warm weather hiking and other outdoor activities. Provides great temperature control, keeping you at just the right temperature, and doesn't get clammy when drenched in sweat. Packs down small, and looks great.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
ComfortShoes: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
WinterSomewhere

Very lightweight performance baselayer
October 13, 2010

Like many people out there, I was pretty hesitant to spend this kind of $ on a t-shirt, esp when it's close to double the cost of a capilene or MHW baselayer. After wearing this shirt for a few months, I'm convinced that wool is twice as good as any other baselayer I've tried. I actually wore this shirt on a backpacking trip in the middle east (sounds crazy, I know), and was amazed at how well it performed, even in 100F temps. The shirt breathes very well, wicks moisture away from your skin, and best of all, does not retain odor like synthetics tend to do (even when they claim to be anti-microbial). That said, here are a couple things to keep in mind: 1) This is the lightest-weight wool that Icebreaker makes, which means that the material is super-fine, but is prone to tear more easily than a heavier weight wool or synthetic. 2) These are meant to be used as performance baselayers, which means the fit is definitely snug. I'm 5'9, 160lb and found the medium to be pretty form-fitting. Consider sizing up if you want a looser fit. 3) These shirts dry very quickly on their own, so don't put them in the dryer! Best advice is to hand-wash these garments using a mild detergent, and air-dry to avoid shrinking. I now own several Icebreaker shirts and found that their fit is slightly different depending on the style. The Tech T is probably somewhere in between the Beast line, which is VERY form-fitting, and the Anaconda V, which I found to be a little roomier. Just something to bear in mind, depending upon your body type. Overall, this is just a fantastic 4-season shirt, assuming that you give it the proper care, and can afford the price tag.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
viper11382
from phoenix, az
25-34 yrs

Year round T-shirts
February 17, 2012

I love the Icebreaker T-shirts because they can be worn all year round. They make a great base layer but when worn alone during the summer they wick perfectly. Plus you don't ever have to worry about them holding any smells.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Equality
from Lansing, MI
25-34 yrs

Good looking and comfortable tee.
August 07, 2011

I own several long sleeve shirts from Icebreaker because I love their stuff. I purchased this shirt because I needed something for the summer and I love it. It lookgs good and feels comfortable even in hot temperatures (90+). It does hold moisture a little more than fast drying synthetic shirts but it's not a huge difference. I really only noticed it after sitting on a leather carseat in 90+ temps but that's to be expected. I wouldn't recommend wearing this shirt with just anything. You'll want to wear it with some decent or nice shorts/pants. It's definitely a stylish shirt. I have nothing bad to say about this shirt and would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, comfortable!, looks good
Cugalug
from Toledo, OH
45-54 yrs

Cotton Forgotten ... and Synthetics, too.
March 07, 2011

We're finally crawling out of winter here in Northwest Ohio, so it's time for some fewer and lighter layers. This Icebreaker Tech T Lite will be my go-to base layer as I run in the early spring. At 5-11, 175 the XL fits well. Great freedom of movement - never restricts what I want to do. And like every other Icebreaker top I own, it provides me with unmatched moisture management. Icebreaker Merino does absolutely still insulate when it's wet. There's only one thing it doesn't do - stink! Once you wear Icebreaker merino wool, you'll forget about cotton and polyester. It does cost a little more, but it's well worth the investment.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
RobR
from Texas
35-44 yrs

Merino Wool Tech T
August 07, 2011

Great shirt. I have 3. Hard to believe it is made out of wool. Colors look great and it fits great. It is not like a cotton t shirt. You can feel the wool, not to the point of being itchy, but you know it's there. Cost is a little steep. It doesn't retain odor so you can wear it several days in a row. Be aware, I wore the shirt on a hot day during a 5 mi hike (106F) and it was wet with sweat. It definitely has a slight odor as with all wool when it gets wet. It dried fairly quickly though.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Cost

Wish they made officewear, too
December 23, 2009

I have a longsleeve midweight Icebreaker and this short-sleeve, both bought for a housebuilding trip to Ghana in drought season. They're a miracle of performance in every way--wicking, wash/dry fast, comfort, durability and look.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
Rayman2
from Los Angeles, CA
25-34 yrs

Great, high quality T shirt
October 21, 2011

I love these shirts! I bought one then after trying it out I ended up buying five more in different colors. They are expensive, but they are comfortable, not scratchy, and help you regulate temperature well. They are a little too absorbent for use as an athletic shirt for running etc. I read somewhere that they can absorb 30% of their weight in water. This means if you sweat during exercise then the shirt can get a little heavy compared with thin synthetic shirts. However the "no stink" part of the description is true... This shirt can be drenched in sweat then left overnight to dry (without rinsing it), then the next day it won't smell at all. I've never seen this with other fabrics.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, doesn't smell after exercise
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Homer
from USA
35-44 yrs

Better than Advertised
June 17, 2011

I've owned 2 icebreaker t-shirts of a similar style for 5 years now. I machine wash and dry them and wear them constantly, year round. Worth every penny - comfortable, durable (no pilling or fraying), and the color is still as black as the day I bought them. I have purchased 2 tech-t lite style from Altrec recently -- looser fit (more like a normal t-shirt) but the quality and performance aspects are identical. You won't regret buying these shirts, and they last!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, colorfastness, 100% wool - no itch

These shirts are awesome! I just bought my second one because I
June 30, 2010

These shirts are awesome! I just bought my second one because I needed a different color because I have been wearing my first one all the time. This shirt looks and feels much better than its competitors which makes it a "dressy" tee for me.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
will88
from park city, utah
55-64 yrs

best all around t shirt
October 12, 2012

I just ordered my fourth Tech T Lite. It is comfortable through all the seasons and much more substantial than any of my T shirts with cotton or synthetic material. The medium fits well at 6' 155 lbs.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
TrailMom
top1000Contributor

from Delaware
35-44 yrs

Another great shirt for my husband!
May 30, 2011

Purchased the same shirt in a different color last summer for my husband. Shirt has been worn and washed repeatedly - still looks great. Decided to order another in a different color, because even though merino wool CAN be worn for days on end with minimal stink, it's always nice to have an extra on hand.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Mnowwarm
from Alaska& Arizona
Over 65 yrs

The way to start the Day
January 27, 2011

Belonging to the age class of 70+ I no longer run long hard trails. I use the Icebreaker 150 Lite Tech for the first clothing next to my skin everyday...I hate the cold feel of cotton and the merino wool is soft with an almost invisible feel.. I am looking forward to the next heavier layer for my trip home to Alaska.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Wicking: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
RyanEco

Nice shirt. Relaxed fit.
October 09, 2011

I'm around 5'10 170 and have 2 of these in size large. They fit alright with a more relaxed fit, not what I would want in a shirt meant to wick sweat. Not sure if I could size down though, due to the sleeves being short. I also wear a size large in the Icebreaker Atlas as well as Smartwool NTS shirts. They fit a little more snug and work better as a base layer in my opinion. If you are looking for a more relaxed fit shirt as normal walk around gear, these are great.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
SierraHiker
top100Contributor

Perfect Shirt
September 07, 2011

Wore this shirt on a four day backpack trip in the Sierras. Well worth the price, this shirt is very comfortable, lightweight, and stood up to wearing a heavy pack over it. It wicks moisture quite well and the fit seems true to size. This will be my go-to-shirt for hiking.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Quill

A Fine Special Purpose T
December 05, 2010

Wool blows everything away when it comes to odor control and I wear or bring this T along whenever I travel. Have to spend the night in the airport? You may feel like dung, but at least you won't smell like it. It is reasonably comfortable against your skin (though it can't match an oft washed cotton T) and compares in this regard to many synthetics or perhaps a rougher cotton. It is well made and attractive, with a subtle pucker to the fabric which sets it apart visually. Slim cut. It does not stack up to a good synthetic T for moisture control or wicking, so I wouldn't use this at the gym, but still it is much better at this than cotton and it would be my base layer of choice if I was going to have to re-wear something. In cold dry weather static-cling is an issue. My two have held up well, though I don't put them in the dryer.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
mcolem
top1000Contributor

55-64 yrs

Quality shirt with high performance
December 09, 2010

Very comfortable. No scratchy wool feeling. Wicks well. I have worn this shirt as a base layer in winter while running as well as a single layer in summer. In both seasons, it performs well. Holds up well with washing (cold machine) and even low heat in the dryer.

Pros: Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
Ajax
from Northern California
Over 65 yrs

Icebreaker is awesome
December 19, 2011

I travel quite a bit and since I tend to carry very little, I've come to value clothing that requires little care. Over the years I've experimented with different brands, but Icebreaker is, in my opinion, far ahead of anything else. It lives up to all the claims that they state. The surprising thing is that the clothing is so comfortable that I've found myself using most of it as casual wear even when I am not on the road.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
funkymtn

The Best...
February 19, 2011

...forget the rest, your upper body will thank you daily! Whether it be yoga, cycling, skiing, backpacking, hiking, trail running, basketball, casual, etc(you get the idea), this is the shirt to wear and live in. No smell after a week of wear and it retains it's natural shape w/out stretching. And the word to seal the deal...sustainability! 100% merino wool from some sheep in New Zealand. Those sheep are working hard for your enjoyment, don't let them down!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Wicking: 5 / 5
ngarunner
top500Contributor

from north georgia
55-64 yrs

Worth the money
April 23, 2012

My husband was reluctant to spend so much on a teeshirt, but he's convinced now that it was worth it. Icebreaker is soft, comfortable, doesn't itch or pick up smells, and it has a really nice look to it as well. So you can wear it out on the trail during the day and into town for an evening out. He is 6'2", 165 lbs, and the medium works well for him.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Daedalus

March 09, 2011

I was pretty skeptical when someone recommended a wool shirt for my upcoming hot weather hike, but this shirt has proved those reservations to be way off. This shirt is light, durable, and extremely comfortable. Not itchy at all like you would expect from wool. It does run a bit slim though, so order a size up from what you usually wear if you want a looser shirt.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Heather43
top250Contributor

All Purpose Shirt
December 26, 2009

I bought this for a friend of mine last week and he's hardly taken it off since. Luckily the claims are true that merino doesn't tend to smell bad after multiple uses. This is a good all purpose shirt for hiking, running, traveling, or just wearing around the house. Very lightweight and comfortable.

Worth the money
May 26, 2010

The icebreaker merino wool tee shirts are all they're cracked up to be. I bought two for a two week hiking trip in Central America, and they were all I needed. It's amazing how you can wear them for days on end in sweltering heat and they stay fresh and odor-free. Perfect for hot weather and a light pack.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
luv2fish
from Big Sur
55-64 yrs

will buy another
February 06, 2011

pricey, but worth it, will buy more, would like to see same shirt in long sleeves, like to see more color choices. This is a great shirt to exercise in, take on trips to wear alone or as an undershirt.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: pricey

Performs great
October 16, 2009

I wore this underneath my motorcycle jacket during my MSF course. Temps in the high 60s to low 70s plus lots of sun on a hot parking lot surface. Wicked sweat well, and dried fast. I always felt comfortable.

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