Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Hoody VS Icebreaker Quantum LS Zip

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Icebreaker, Smartwool. Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Hoody VS Icebreaker Quantum LS Zip

With cooler temperatures on the horizon, the need to layer up before heading outside to enjoy your favourite outdoor activities is near. Whether you’re headed for a day of hiking on the trails or simply enjoying the fresh, crisp fall air while picking apples, staying warm is imperative. While it is important to dress in layers for colder temperatures, it is also important that you opt for breathable fabrics, especially if you are planning to be active. Choosing garments that are made of breathable fabrics such as merino wool are ideal and Smartwool and Icebreaker have plenty to offer. We compare the Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Hoody and the Icebreaker Helix LS Zip so you’ve got some breathable layering options to keep an eye out for this season.

Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Hoody Icebreaker Quantum LS Zip
  • regular fit
  • 250 midweight
  • DWR finish
  • Flatlock seam construction
  • Hood equipped with drawstrings
  • Interlock knit
  • Drop-in hand pockets
  • Uses: Running, hiking, cycling, skiing & snowboarding


  • Slim fit
  • 260 midweight
  • Mesh underarms
  • Reflective centre zip
  • Shaped hood
  • Secured zipper chest pocket
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Drop tail hem
  • Uses: training, running, ski-touring, climbing

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Smartwool Merino 250 Sport Hoody

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Smartwool is renowned for their merino wool accessories and apparel and ability to keep adventures comfortable and warm wherever their adventures take them. The Merino 250 Sport Hoody is no stranger to this and is designed for those active individuals who are looking for a warm layer to exercise in. Whether you wear it as a stand-alone garment or layer up, the Merino 250 Sport Hoody is sure to keep you feeling warm and comfortable throughout the day.

While enjoying the comforts of the Merino 250 Sport Hoody, you can leave the shivers at the curb because it is Smartwool’s warmest weight merino fabric that they offer. It provides comfortable warmth and is highly breathable for all your favourite outdoor activities. 

Interlock knit and DWR-coated polyester are strategically located in targeted areas offer better weather protection and durability. This means you can avoid shying away from your favourite running routes because of low-hanging branches or enjoy a fall run even during a drizzly shower.

For added comfort, Smartwool has designed the Merino 250 Sport Hoody with flatlock seams and drop-in hand pockets so you can run, cycle, ski or snowboard without uncomfortable chafing and have cozy, convenient pockets to keep your hands warm when it’s time for après.

Recommended Usage: Running, hiking, cycling, skiing & snowboarding

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Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood

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Popular for their merino wool products, it’s no lie that Icebreaker knows how to create comfortable products that perform. If you’re an avid runner who runs daily but doesn’t want to have to wash your garments too frequently, the Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood is the layering piece for you. 

Designed for running in cool conditions, this zippered hoodie is not only warm and comfortable, but it’s odour resistant and breathable too. The fitted fit accentuates your figure so you can look and feel great while getting out to enjoy your favourite running routes.

Raglan sleeves and underarm gussets allow for better, unrestricted movement so you can swing your arms and run comfortably or add some jumping jacks to your exercise routine. When your body starts heating up, the breathable eyelet mesh panels allow unwanted heat to escape so you can stay fresh throughout your activity.

For those runners who love to run at night but worry about safety concerns, rest assured that the Quantum Long sleeve Zip Hood is designed to keep you safe and visible. Reflective details can be found in numerous locations on the garment which allow runners to hit the pavement even after the sun has gone down.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast with multiple sports filling your weekends, this zippered hoodie is the perfect layering piece for all your activities. From ski touring and climbing in the mountains to trail running on a cool, fall day, the Quantum Long Sleeve Zip is designed for all your favourite cool weather activities. With the infamous odour managing properties of merino wool, you can enjoy wearing your Quantum Long Sleeve day all week for numerous activities before having to run it through the wash.

Recommended Usage: training, running, ski-touring, climbing

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