New Zealand-based Icebreaker, best known for its outdoor merino wool apparel, is expanding its performance offerings with new running and technical cycling apparel.

Its new GT Run range for S/S 2011 features sleeveless tees, crews, tanks, shorts, tights and a racer-back bra in classic and fashion-forward styles for fitness and elite runners. Run-specific features on the new styles include eyelet panels for breathability, reflective details for visibility, zippered stash pockets, and cord management systems for listening to music.

“Runners are looking for natural fiber alternatives to synthetics, which are made from oil, but don’t want to compromise performance,” said running general manager Deb Boswell, who will attend both The OutDoor Show and Outdoor Retailer this summer. “What people love about Icebreaker is that we deliver both.”

Icebreaker’s new GT Bike range, meanwhile, offers shorts and two different sets of tops: one set for road cyclists, and one for mountain bikers. The styles for road cyclists have a slim, sleek, race fit to minimize air drag and a bold, clean style. Special features include drop-tail hems and a gripper at the back hem to keep the jersey in place; reflective rear details and branding; a three-panel back pocket for storage; and reinforced stress points on tops. Mountain biking garments have a sophisticated and functional design, built for durability over long distances. Eyelet fabric gives extra breathability in heat zones, while rear zipped security pockets offer easy access to hydration packs.

On a related note, Icebreaker's growing Commute range offers sharp urban styling with functional features for comfort and performance. Features include gripper elastic around the hems to prevent the fabric riding up and exposing riders’ lower back to cold weather; reflective tape for visibility; hip pockets that can be easily accessed by commuters wearing a messenger bag; and ergonomically-designed zip pulls.

In line with the brand's tradition, each Commute garment comes with its own unique Baacode, so customers can enter their Baacodes online to trace the wool in their garment back through the supply chain to the New Zealand farm from where it was grown.