- product provided by OutdoorKit.co.uk for the purpose of review -
- RRP - £50
- Weight - 259g
- Fabric - Matrix Stretch Softshell Fabric
Manufacturer's Description: "The Boreas Pull-on is a lightweight stretch pull-on designed to offer protection from the sun and the elements when in the mountains."
This shirt is designed to work best when worn as your baselayer but can also be used as midlayer with great breathabilty and wind resistance.
The Stay Fresh odour control element of this shirt is a great, while most synthetic layers quickly get a certain smell to them the Boreas seemed to handle my smelliness well and there were no complaints from my fellow walkers.
|Smartphone and (empty;)) wallet in chest pocket, you can really feel when this pocket has too much stuff in it.|
A handy chest pocket provides room for things that need to be kept close at hand, the size of the pocket limits its use though, perfect for things like smartphones and wallets but you wouldn't be able to get a map in there.
The under-helmet hood came in handy when climbing on Dartmoor, keeping my neck and ears warm while keeping safe. The softness of the material really helps with this as the slightest irritant would be multiplied by the helmet.
A very long chest zip helps with ventilation and helps get the chest hair out! Flat zip keeps it from being irritating and in the way. I found this really handy for when the wind picked up slightly or the sun came back out, it only takes that little change and saves you removing/adding a layer.
Straight away this shirt feels comfortable to the touch and is very light, 2 great indicators straight away for how well a product will perform. I went for the XL (I'm 6'3" and a large build) and it seemed like a perfect fit, plenty of room in the sleeve for reaching above my head and a little extra at the back to cover the builder's bum.
|Warm ears with the under-helmet compatible hood.|
While climbing the shirt kept me covered, the articulated sleeves working perfectly to stop the shirt riding up and popping over the harness. As I mentioned before the under-helmet hood was handy for keeping my neck and ears warm, just providing that vital barrier to the wind.
|Still plenty of sleeve even with a fully extended arm.|
|Great all round wind protection with the hood up.|
- Soft and smell resistant fabric,
- under-helmet compatible hood,
- Big zip helps ventilation,
- Doesn't ride up when reaching,
- Great lightweight but solid construction.
- Small chest pocket.
This shirt deserves all the praise it receives; lightweight, strong and smell proof means it can worn over multi-day trips without upsetting you or your traveling companions. The multiple uses of this shirt make it a real bargain too; walking, mountaineering or climbing, this shirt's got it covered.
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