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Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant Review

The Sprite Hot Pant is a soft pair of wool undies with an awkward fit and expensive price tag
Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant
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Price:  $40 List | $40.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Very soft, decent drying time
Cons:  Uncomfortable fit, heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   Icebreaker
By Lauren DeLaunay ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 3, 2019
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  • Comfort - 35% 7
  • Fit - 30% 5
  • Drying Time - 25% 7
  • Packability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

We were quickly impressed with the Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant. With a super soft material plus a cute fit and a naturally odor-resistant material, what more could you want? Well, after just a few outings, we had an answer to that question: fewer wedgies! The major disappointment with the Sprite was the fit: with too-high leg openings, these undies were always riding up on it. And with a bit heavier design that wasn't as quick to dry, the Sprite and its steep price tag fell to the back of the pack.

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Pros Very soft, decent drying timeBreathable, super comfortable, affordableBreathable, comfortable, inexpensiveSuper comfortable, stretchy, inexpensiveSuper comfortable, quick to dry, lightweight, breathable
Cons Uncomfortable fit, heavy, expensiveNothing!Tight fitHeavy, bulkyTight waistband, more expensive
Bottom Line Expensive and uncomfortable, this pair is soft yet heavy and slower to dryThe Active Bikini is a top scorer in every testing category, and its affordable price tag makes it a no-brainerBreathable and soft, the Hipster finds the middle ground between a great fit and a nice priceAn incredibly comfortable, breathable, and budget-friendly favoriteReady for any lightweight adventure, this merino pair is soft, lightweight, and fast-drying
Rating Categories Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pant REI Co-op Active Bikini Patagonia Barely Hipster Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini Smartwool Merino 150 Bikini
Comfort (35%)
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9
9
8
7
Fit (30%)
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Drying Time (25%)
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Packability (10%)
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Specs Icebreaker Sprite... REI Co-op Active... Patagonia Barely... Give-N-Go Sport... Smartwool Merino...
Material 83% Merino Wool, 12% Nylon, 5% Lycra 86% polyester/14% spandex 89% Nylon, 11% Spandex 93% Nylon 7% Lycra Spandex 87% Merino Wool, 13% Nylon Core
Measured Weight - Size Small (oz) 1.4 oz 0.6 oz 0.8 oz 1.1 oz 0.7 oz
Cut Tested Hot Pant Bikini Hipster Hipkini Bikini
Flat-lock Seams No No Seamless Yes Yes
Cuts Available Hot Pant Bikini, hipster, brief, thong Hipster, bikini, thong Hipkini, full cut brief, bikini, string bikini, bikini brief, 4" boy short Bikini

Our Analysis and Test Results

Despite being one of the heavier pairs of undies we tested, the Sprite was incredibly soft and quickly became our favorite for lounging around the house. Unfortunately, without a tight pair of pants to keep them in place, we couldn't stop the Sprite riding up on us, making them dysfunctional while traveling or for any active use.

Performance Comparison


Soft materials and a burly waistband complete the Sprite Hot Pants.
Soft materials and a burly waistband complete the Sprite Hot Pants.
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Comfort


The Sprite Hot Pant from Icebreaker is soft, soft, soft. One of our favorite pairs for lounging, going to the gym, or casual wear, we adored the blend of merino wool and Lycra. A combination of both great stretchiness and next-to-skin comfort, we were immediately impressed with this product's materials and wide waistband.

Our testers loved the soft merino wool of the Sprite undies.
Our testers loved the soft merino wool of the Sprite undies.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

The wool is thin and not stifling, and we found a decent though not exceptional amount of breathability. The thick waistband wasn't our favorite, but it wasn't nearly as imposing as we guessed it might be. Overall, we found these to be way more comfortable than an average pair of cotton undies though not quite as stellar as some other models we tested.

Fit


After just a few uses, we had one major problem with the Sprite: wedgies. Unless we were wearing them under tight leggings or pants that helped keep them in place, the Sprite Hot Pant caused us constant annoyance whether we were walking through town or hiking in the hills.

While we found the cut cute, the higher leg openings on this model had a hard time keeping still. While the waistband was thick and sturdy, the leg openings lacked support and a defined band. We like our undies to be hidden from thought, and this unfortunate design feature overrode our initial impressions. We often found the loose leg openings riding up on us, and the surprisingly high waist added to our disapproval. This high-rise made for an incompatible fit with some of our low-rise pants.

Though comfortable, the burly waistband of the Sprite isn't enough...
Though comfortable, the burly waistband of the Sprite isn't enough to keep these skivvies in place.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

The Sprite is decently stretchy though not the most impressive. The thick waist band's elasticity is limiting, and for active use requiring a full range of motion, we'd look elsewhere.

Drying Time


After our rounds of drying time test, we found that the Sprite was in the middle of the pack. To get to the bottom of the drying time problem, we first soaked each product in water, hang-wrung it, and then used our towel-drying method to speed things up. All you have to do is roll the undies up in a towel like a burrito and squeeze! By forcing a little extra water out of the undies, we found much faster drying times.

Just hangin' out with the Sprite Hot Pants!
Just hangin' out with the Sprite Hot Pants!
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

There were three categories of drying times: those that came in under an hour, those that were just over an hour, and those that took longer than an hour and a half. Of the three wool products in this test, the Sprite ranked right in the middle.

Packability


At 1.4 ounces, the Sprite is one of the heavier pairs of undies we reviewed. We don't necessarily think you'll notice portions of an ounce, but for the exceptionally weight-conscious among us, the Smartwool Merino 150 is a very soft merino wool that is much lighter. As far as packing goes, the Sprite's bulk is noticeable when compared to some of the mega tiny products we tried.

The Sprite Hot Pants were a bit bulky for our taste.
The Sprite Hot Pants were a bit bulky for our taste.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

Value


The Sprite Hot Pant is much more expensive than the bulk of undies we tested. Compared to our favorite wool model, the Merino 150, we have a hard time justifying the steep price tag of the Sprite. While the material was one of our favorites, we just couldn't get behind the annoying cut, heavier weight, and slower drying time.

Conclusion


If wedgies weren't an issue, we'd love the Sprite. The merino wool is both soft and breathable, but the fit didn't work for us. And as far as traveling goes, some products are both lighter and faster to dry, making it difficult for us to recommend the Sprite.

Drying out the Sprite to get ready for another adventure in the...
Drying out the Sprite to get ready for another adventure in the Eastern Sierra, California
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

Lauren DeLaunay