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Icebreaker Everyday Leggings Review

Nothing extraordinary about this base layer, just a standard pair of merino bottoms that offer warmth, breathability, and a soft next to skin feel.
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Price:  $70 List | $56.97 at Amazon
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Pros:  Comfortable, great temp regulation, breathable, soft next to skin feel, good price
Cons:  Not durable, not the best fit, stretch out easily
Manufacturer:   Icebreaker
By Roland Mott ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 20, 2018
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  • Breathability - 30% 6
  • Comfort and Fit - 30% 6
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

A good pair of midweight merino wool bottoms, these have a wonderfully soft, almost cotton, feel next to the skin that we enjoy. A tighter fit than most but glues to skin and moves well with you. Providing a comparable warmth and breathability to other midweight merino layers like the REI Co-op Midweight Merino. The benefits of merino wool offer sufficient warmth in cool to cold conditions, great breathability and wicking power, and of course, the no-stink factor that we appreciate so much about merino. A bottom that didn't stand out in any particular ways but offers a nice bottom for the lowest price in merino bottoms that we tested. As always and especially with these, we wish they were more durable. Read on to learn more about the Everyday Leggings


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Pros Comfortable, great temp regulation, breathable, soft next to skin feel, good priceWarm, super comfy, durable, great fit, versatile, don’t stretch outWarm, lightweight, great breathability, versatile, quick to dry, anti-odor, great fitExtremely warm, super cozy, terrific temp regulation, breathableWarm, lightweight, breathable, versatile, comfortable, great thermoregulation
Cons Not durable, not the best fit, stretch out easilyPriceyNot super durable, not for super coldStretches out, soggy crotch, slow to dry, expensiveNot very durable
Bottom Line Nothing extraordinary about this base layer, just a standard pair of merino bottoms that offer warmth, breathability, and a soft next to skin feel.An outstanding synthetic bottom that offers great warmth, extreme comfort, a stellar fit, and durability to last; built for cold conditions these cozy bottoms are perfect for everything from winter trail running to cold resort skiing.A go-to, do-it-all merino base layer that provides superb insulation, incredible breathability, and a dialed-in fit for high performance in any situation you can dream up.An extremely warm and breathable pair of bottoms built to keep you warm in the coldest conditions but versatile enough to carry into seasons outside of winter.A fantastic pair of lightweight merino bottoms that provide impressive warmth without being too hot, breathe extremely well and are very comfortable.
Rating Categories Icebreaker Everyday Leggings Arc'teryx Rho LT Bottoms Alpine Onset Bottoms SmartWool Merino 250 Bottoms SmartWool Merino 150 Bottoms
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Specs Icebreaker... Arc'teryx Rho LT... Alpine Onset Bottoms SmartWool Merino... SmartWool Merino...
Material 100% merino Torrent (84% polyester, 16% elastane) 83% merino wool, 12% nylon, 5% spandex 100% merino 87% Merino Wool, 13% Nylon Core
Weight (size S) 4.48 oz 5.57 oz 4.80 oz 7.55 oz 4.94 oz
Fabric Weight 200g Not listed Not listed 250g 150g
Fabric weights and other versions available Lightweight Boot-cut Lightweight Lightweight, midweight 150, 250
Fly? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Dryer safe? No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Standard fare for 100% merino bottoms offering all of the benefits that merino wool brings to the table with an exceptionally comfortable feel against the skin.

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Performance Comparison


The Icebreaker Everyday Legging
The Icebreaker Everyday Legging

Warmth


This bottom performs in line with the 200g weight of the merino which is the same weight as the REI Co-op Midweight Merino Bottoms. This weight of merino is great because it offers a versatile range of use. It's not so thick that you overheat in warm and cool conditions but offers enough insulation that you can wear it through the winter. If layered underneath an insulated pant, these bottoms will suffice for windy days skiing groomers at BreckenFridge, as we like to call it. But you can wear it alone on a warm summer evening backpacking in the fall or summer, and you're set. It is thin and breathable enough that wind passes through easily so if a cold draft has direct access to your legs, you'll feel it for sure. If you require a pant for deep cold ventures, we suggest the SmartWool Merino 250.

Trying to warm up after a long day playing in the Wasatch snow.
Trying to warm up after a long day playing in the Wasatch snow.

Breathability


Again, on par with other 200g merino fabric weight bottoms. These do a wonderful job at breathing. They will dump heat when you're huffing and puffing on steep skins or hiking on demanding terrain but wick sweat and stay dry, so you're not stuck with soaking and freezing bottoms when you reach the summit or stop for lunch. They didn't perform any better or worse than comparable bottoms we tested regarding breathability like the REI Co-op Midweight Merino. We dubbed the Outdoor Research Alpine Onset Bottoms the champions of breathability for this weight class.

We didn't overheat when riding warm pre-season snows in the Rockies.
We didn't overheat when riding warm pre-season snows in the Rockies.

Comfort & Fit


These bottoms have an exceptionally soft and cozy feel to the fabric. They feel slightly different than the other merino layers. They have a cushy soft flannel-like feel to them which is really nice against the skin. They utilize flatlock seams that are comfortable and a great fitting crotch area that doesn't have any of the awkward sag. When you pull them out of the box, you think, "Are these my girlfriend's tights?". They are significantly smaller than any other brand we tested. They stretch nicely to fit snug against your skin, but the stretchiness also allows for them to stretch out during active use more than we'd like, which can be remedied by washing them.

The fit of the Everyday Leggings from Icebreaker on our head tester.
The fit of the Everyday Leggings from Icebreaker on our head tester.

At 6ft. tall and a 30in waist (aka long and thin) a size small came up real short on the legs leaving the bottom part of the shin exposed. If you are in between sizes, we would recommend sizing up. The other softest feeling merino next to skin is the SmartWool Merino 250.

Rest day activities between long days in the backcountry
Rest day activities between long days in the backcountry

Durability


Ouch, not the proudest category for these pups. We tore a hole in them the first time we pulled the tight legs up over our calves and onto our thighs. Boom, out of the box and we've got a small hole, so it begins… Then the abrasion test again humiliated these bottoms in view of all the other bottoms by burning a hole right through the knee. These bottoms may be versatile for everyday use, but they aren't durable enough for everyday use. We had to take care pulling them up over our legs as we feared another hole or increasing the size of the one we had already created. These seemed to be slightly less durable and a little more prone to holes during use than the other midweight merino contenders.

Abrasion Test results. These bottoms were the thinnest midweight and easiest to create holes in the fabric.
Abrasion Test results. These bottoms were the thinnest midweight and easiest to create holes in the fabric.

Best Applications


As a midweight merino bottom these are great for everything from fall backpacking trips to hut trips in the winter to lounging in the backcountry on cool summer evenings. A very versatile weight with great breathability and body temperature regulation.

A great weight for cool to cold weather and moderate to intense activity levels.
A great weight for cool to cold weather and moderate to intense activity levels.

Value


Ringing in at $70, these are the most affordable merino bottoms but also proved to be the most plain jane as far as performance and lacking in durability. We would spring the extra $10-$20 for a higher quality pair like the Outdoor Research Alpine Onset or SmartWool Merino 150

Conclusion


A good pair of merino bottoms that offer versatility through across all four seasons. Layer them under warm bottoms for winter ski objectives or on their own for mild nights camping. Not the most impressive pair of bottoms we tested but a comfortable and well-constructed pair of merino bottoms that do their job well.


Roland Mott