The guys at Icebreaker wool might be getting lonely during the kiwi winter, because they just announced a contest to win a free trip to New Zealand – and all you have to do is try on a shirt or two.

The merino wool wizards are offering free airfare for two and a guided adventure tour of New Zealand to anyone who tries on an Icebreaker merino wool garment through July 15th at Adventure 16 stores throughout southern California until July 15th.

You don’t need me to tell you that New Zealand is awesome, but I will anyway.


Look at that! And that’s not even anywhere special – just a little lake off the side of the road in a national park. Awesome. (side note – I will try to get the full travel essay experience posted soon).

I was always a little put off by the price tag on Icebreaker wool, but I got my hands on some while I was in New Zealand and I’m now a full convert. You can literally wear the same shirt for days while backpacking and not have to worry about soaking it with sweat or smelling it up with hiker funk. They dry quickly, they keep you warm, they breathe easily, and they’re pretty rugged to boot.

You don’t have to buy anything to enter the contest, but if you do, you’ll be entered twice! And after you enter you’ll get an email coupon for 20% off your next Icebreaker purchase, which I believe could make your entire trip to A16 a win-win-win-win situation.

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Casey Schreiner

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on June 11, 2010


  • Carmell Hergert says:

    My Uncle’s dream before he succumed to cancer was to take me with him on his trip to New Zealand. Recently, I began to explore why he wanted to go to such a place and what all we had exactly missed out on. After looking over many pictures and vidoes, I see that he could never had picked a more beautiful place. I could only hope that he is able to experience this type of beauty in heaven.

  • Vicki says:

    Icebreaker stuff is great, but can be eaten by moths.

  • I love my Icebreaker base layer. It works well in a large range of temperatures.

    Tempted to go to A16 and try one on…

  • Bill says:

    Awesome contest, but what about us in the “Great North East”?

    I traveled to NZ back in the day and had a blast, so I recommend it.

    Also, multiple day wear without Hiker Funk is a good thing.

    • Modern Hiker says:


      You nor’easters should check the Icebreaker site to see if they have any local affiliates in your neck of the woods. This sounds like something EMS would get involved with.

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