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Outdoor Research Essence Tights

Outdoor Research Essence Leggings Gear Review

For winter 2015, Outdoor Research added the Essence Tights to their lineup of women’s base layers. As a merino wool fiend, I was extra stoked when they sent me a pair to test as a part of #ORInsightLab.

The Outdoor Research Essence Tights are a pair of lightweight leggings composed of 88% polyester and 12% merino wool, aka drirelease® Merino. The tights are quick drying, breathable and moisture wicking. Flat lock seam construction means there’s no fabric bits and bobs rubbing against you on long days out. An anti-odor FreshGuard® finish keeps you smelling fresh. An elastic waistband prevents the tights from hanging out around your ankles.

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[sn] super.natural W Base Tee 140

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[sn] super.natural is an emerging player in the natural fibers garment game in the United States.

I got my hands on the [sn] super.natural W Base Tee 140 to test over the last month. This shirt has seen my office, airplanes, rafting in Idaho, the Eastern Sierra, and more. Launched in 2012, this brand is a fairly new player in the outdoor garment game, but the quality is fantastic.

The 140 weight base tee is super lightweight! It wicks away moisture and sweat to keep you cool, and dries extremely quickly. The merino wool gives this anti-microbial and anti-odor properties, making it okay to wear consecutive days on the trails or to the office without smelling absolutely horrible.

Despite the lighter weight, the merino wool-synthetic blend stands up to wear-and-tear of constant use. No holes from buttons on jeans, rock abrasions, backpacks, weekly washings, or kitten claws, yet!

My only complaint about this shirt? The tag and logo decals are like those DIY iron on t-shirt ones that you made shirts with in high school. They all started to peel off after the first wash. The decals leave behind an imprint of what used to be there.

I’m such a sucker for merino wool performance shirts, so I’ll definitely be stocking up on this brand. If you’re a fan of the Icebreaker Tech T Lite, this is comparable, and slightly more affordable.

The German brand launches in North America this fall. [sn] super.natural will available at Nordstrom and on Amazon. The W Base Tee 140 retails for $50.

This was sent to me for review.

Icebreaker Tech T Lite

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I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to write about Icebreaker’s Tech T Lite. This shirt is a staple in my closet. It goes everywhere. Not the same one though, at least not usually.

Made of 150gm merino wool like the Icebreaker Aero Tank, the Tech T Lite lives up to its name! This can be layered other clothes or worn on its own. The idea of wearing multiple t-shirts on top of each other has never appealed to me, so this one braves the world solo.

As with all merino wool apparel, it wicks moisture to keep you cool and keeps you warm even when wet. The anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties allow you to wear this over, and over, and over again without constant washing. Despite the thinner material, my older shirts that I’ve owned for a year and counting are still going strong. No holes, rips, tears or stains.

The shirts are incredibly versatile and not technical looking so they accompany me everywhere, even to work. I’ve also worn the shirts several days in a row to work without a stink; merino wool really is magical. Each season the Tech T Lite is released with a plethora of colors, so it is possible to own a “different” one for every day of the week.

One thing that I have to note is that the sizing is all over the place. I have a Small that fits like an extra small, two Smalls that fit like mediums, and a Small that fits like a combination of the two (small?).

The Tech T Lite at full price is a little expensive, but as summer comes to an end, these are beginning to be marked down at 30% off and more. The price is still a slightly steep for a shirt, but these have been worth their weight in gold time and time again.

Buy for $69.95.

Icebreaker Aero Tank

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The Icebreaker Aero Tank makes me want to shave my armpits. Wait, what? Let me back it up a bit. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, fast, and easy. I’m not a fan of shaving my pits; it’s just so much more time consuming in the shower! But this tank makes me want to, so I’m not terrifying you with underarm bush while we’re on the trail.

I stumbled across this gem while browsing at the Icebreaker store and it had to come home with me. It’s just so lightweight, breezy and comfortable! Oh, and the color is great.

The 120 Featherweight merino wool is designed to be your best friend during hot summer months. It wicks away sweat and moisture and keeps you cool and comfortable. It is so incredibly lightweight that I usually stow it in my pack for those days where I need to shed some extra cloth.

The fit is standard and fairly relaxed. I like my shirts on the looser side, and I’m really good at accidentally throwing shirts in the dryer. An XS fit me fairly snugly, while the S provided a little more breathing room.

The Icebreaker tank is easily one of my go-to tops on hot, summer days and an impulse purchase I don’t regret. Buy through Icebreaker for $49.99.

If you really, really, really hate shaving your pits, Icebreaker also makes an Aero Short-Sleeve Crew for $59.99.

PS – don’t forget to wear lots of sunblock.

Outdoor Research Ignitor Tee and Giveaway!

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The Ignitor Tee is an incredibly versatile shirt, designed out of a 100% heathered polyster. Though it’s designed for running, I absolutely hate running so I take it hiking, backpacking and climbing. The trim fit, clingy and heathered fabric prevents the shirt from looking super technical, allowing you to take this seamlessly from the office to the trails.

At approx 4 oz. for a size medium, this shirt takes up very little weight and very little space in your pack, allowing you to travel ultralight. This shirt had no problem performing under a hipbelt or under a harness. I was worried there would be a ton of lift, but the shirt stays put and doesn’t climb.

This has a Polygiene® anti-bacterial treatment to prevent odors, but I didn’t find it effective. After tons of sweating and/or a few days of wear, the stink was pretty noticeable. Luckily, it washed out pretty well. Airing out the shirt for a day or two between wears helped with the odor, but not by much after I got moving. The silky material is very lightweight and moisture-wicking, keeping you cool and dry-ish, even when you’re sweating buckets.

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The shirt has reflective trim and logos to keep you visible in the dark. It also has a small hip pocket for you to hold a credit card, ID, or other small knickknacks. The shirt could honestly do without the hip pocket. It is very small on the XS and wouldn’t fit more than a house key comfortably. The pocket is a foldover pocket, so any intense turbulence might cause things to fall out. A Velcro closure could be added, but that would add extra bulk and bumps. I prefer to not have it at all.

I’m also super duper excited to announce that Little Grunts is now ONE! As a big thank you for reading, supporting, following, tweeting, etc., I’m giving away one Ignitor Tee to one lucky adventurer!! Details are below the break.

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