Outdoor Research Echo Long-sleeve Duo Tee

Outdoor Research Echo Long-sleeve Duo Tee

Overview:
In my previous post I wrote about some great baselayers and active-wear but it would be impossible to write about every great active-wear piece and way to long to read in one sitting. I'm a big fan of Outdoor Research products and wanted to see check out how their active-wear pieces performed.

A big feature was how lightweight the 100% polyester shirt was, weighing in at just under 5oz (M). I'm typically not a person who counts ounces but because the shirt is so lightweight, it feels like silk next to the skin. The shirt is also treated with Polygiene® which acts as an antimicrobial to reduce odors. Polygiene works by treating the fabric with a silver salt (AgCl), Silver Chloride, which inhibits key enzyme growth while also changing the protein structure in microbes.
Small hip pocket

Fit and Performance: 
The Echo L/S Duo Tee has a trim fit but with adequate shoulder room, at least the medium size for 5'10" 165lb me.  The shirt features a small  pocket at the hem of the hip for chapstick or a single key and reflective logos for visibility.

I took the Echo L/S Duo Tee for a 7 mile hike around Cougar Mountain with temperatures in the mid 50's and it provided great breath-ability on the uphill but ample warmth when you're not working too hard. The shirt dries out remarkably fast if you do drench it with sweat due to how thin the shirt fabric is. I also really recommend it for trail-running. The Echo tee has performed well trail running around the Issaquah Alps.

One of the best applications for the Echo L/S Duo Tee are for wet mild days on the trail where it acts as a baselayer under a shell, in this case, a wet day at Tiger Mountain. You want a very thin long sleeve shirt to draw moisture from your skin, this assists a hardshell in removing that moisture to the outside of the jacket.

Summary:
I was a bit skeptical for a lightweight long sleeve tee retailing at $50, but the more I used the Echo L/S Duo Tee, the more I loved it. If you want a versatile 3 season, multi-sport, top, the Echo L/S Duo Tee is the one.

Pros                                                                                  
  • Fantastic breathing                                                         
  • Dries quickly
  • Surprisingly odor resistant for being polyester
  • Long sleeve protection
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • No monkey thumb
Echo L/S Duo Tee in all it's glory


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