- Nordic Skiing – White Pass Ski Area Washington Cascades – 3 days
- Backpacking – Eastern foothills Washington Cascades – 1 night
- Camping – Central Washington Cascades – 2 nights
- Day hike - Eastern foothills Washington Cascades - ~ 3hrs of hiking
- Daily wear – Central Washington ~6 days
first use of this shirt was for cross country skiing. I used it for a
single patrol day (~4hrs of skiing and assorted other duties indoors
and out) and for the annual pig roast where I stayed the night and wore
the shirt both days for skiing and other assorted duties including
assisting with cooking the pig and setting up for as well as cleaning
up after the event. I also went for a midnight bike ride on the Nordic
trails (~2 mi / 3 km).
The backpacking trip was a short spring
shake down on a local trail where the weather was chilly enough to warrant
long sleeves during the day and remained a little above freezing at
For camping the weather was on and off rain with day time temperatures around 55F / 13C.
day hike was on a rather warm sunny spring day (~85F / 30C). There was
little shade on the trail and a high risk of snakes (and as I was to
discover later ticks) so we (my dog Meg and I) went only a short way
before returning to let Meg cool off in the river.
I also wore the shirt to the office a couple of times and to do yard work one weekend.
the cold/cool weather the shirt was quite comfortable and exactly what
I look for in a base layer. Not much insulation but wicks moisture and
does not chafe, rub, or feel clammy. I was worried the relatively thick
material and dark colors was going to make the shirt too warm for
warmer weather and/or direct sun, but this has not been the case. While
doing yard work and during the hot day hike I was pleasantly surprised
at how effective it was at protecting me from the sun and it kept me
much cooler than I had expected.
So far I have washed it a
couple times by hand and once in the washing machine. Each time
hanging it to dry. The shirt does not seem to develop or hold odors,
cleans easily and drys quickly.
I am happy with its fit, feel, and performance, and can find nothing that I don't like or wish was better.