The Echo Quarter Zip is made from super lightweight AirVent fabric which is very silky smooth to touch with an attractive micro grid pattern. A superb base layer for high exertion activities.
Outdoor Research says:
High-exertion workouts and high temps don’t always play nice together, unless you’re rocking a piece from the Echo Collection. Built with UPF sun protection, AirVent™ moisture management, ActiveFresh™ odor control technology, and topped off with an anti-chafing flat-seam design, the Echo Collection is the smarter way to tackle the heat. This season, we've trimmed down the fit so the Echo moves with you wherever you go. From sun-scorched desert climbs to sweltering ultra runs, the Echo is your perfect balance of tech-packed performance and ultralight protection.
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Outdoor Research's 2020 Echo Quarter Zip Top is all about the fabric. In this case it's the AirVent fabric which is extremely lightweight and silky smooth against the skin making this top hugely comfortable to wear. This fabric is designed to speed up moisture wicking through the micro grid pattern and it certainly has managed this on hikes and trail runs we've tested it on. With the lightweight synthetic nature of the top it is very quick drying and breathable enough for intense activities. The quarter length zip significantly improves breathability and allows you to vent effectively and dump heat quickly when required.
There are flatlocked seams throughout, reflective logo and raglan shoulders for added comfort when carrying a pack. The fit is very slim and thumb loops are always a nice touch. Add to this the anti-odour polygiene treatment and you have a superbly light and comfortable garment. Among the best active base layers we've seen.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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