Rated 5 out of 5 by tatkinson Some nice features
I wore this layer for the first time this morning. I really appreciate the way that the zipper pull fits into a little pocket when fully closed at the top so that it doesn't have a chance to poke my neck like the base layer top that it is replacing (which was not LL Bean). I like the cut because it is not too wide across the chest, yet it is not uncomfortably tight either. I am 5' 3" and weight 135 and I purchased a medium. Everything about it is as described, its size, weight and welcome thumb loops. I had a feeling the color would be ugly, which it certainly is, in my opinion, but I didn't want black so I had to go with the sea smoke, which looks more like the color you get when white items get greyish from being old and washed a lot. But it will usually be under something.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by eurekabeaner Love the new fabric, . . .
. . . love the shirts. In addition to the lightweight zip in smoke (meh, get black), I bought the midweight zip in berry (last year's color?). Also have a lightweight and midweight from a couple years ago in the old fabric. All in Medium Reg except berry is Med Pet. (Thank you LLB for the petites!!) I'm 5'0", 145#, about 38-32-40. If you are familiar with the old ones, the fit is virtually indistinguishable - the stretch fabric hasn't changed that. If not, fit is pretty true to size (I usually get Med LLB tops, occasionally Lg depending on styling and intended purpose - Lg was too big in these), relatively speaking maybe a bit more ease in shoulders & chest and trimmer through waist & hip (but still not too snug or clingy over my clearly plump middle). Back length of the Med Reg is about 26-1/2 - 27 inches and the Med Pet is about 1 - 1-1/2" shorter - pretty long but good for maintaining a substantial overlap between top & pants. Sleeves are about 3" too long on me of course, probably long enough for most everybody though the longest arms might not be able to comfortably use the thumbholes (which I used to think I didn't care about but use more & more when gloves might be overkill but hands need a little cover). Pet. sleeves are about an inch+ shorter than Reg. One fit anomaly (I almost don't want to mention it, so it doesn't get changed!) is that the sleeves seem to be cut somewhat generously- a pleasant surprise for those of us who frequently struggle with sleeves that are too tight in the upper arm.
Love the new fabric - soft, cozy, less "stiff" more drape-y than the old but not clingy, stretch lets you pull up the sleeves if temps (or you) warm up. The flatlock stitching is reasonably soft, not scratchy as in this year's Beansport tops.
I use these shirts almost exclusively for moderate to vigorous hiking & snowshoeing Fall through Spring, temps as low as10 and as high as 55 degrees, so the wicking, drying, insulate when damp properties are crucial and these shirts seem to perform well - and breathe/vent well if you're warmer than expected. (Of course, I haven't yet used the stretch ones in all temp ranges - I'm assuming the bit of stretch is not going to change the fabric performance.) In the top part of that temp range, I can wear them mostly alone, a light 2nd layer for lunch stop, top of ridge with wind, not working hard coming down. At bottom of temp range, a light to mid down or fleece layer and mid-weight shell will probably be enough.
November 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by LLongtimecustomer Almost Perfect
Fabric is soft and comfortable. Sweating on the material does NOT cause malodor (unlike the Fitness Fleece), thank goodness! Torso is form-fitting (a good thing, in my opinion). Unfortunately, the neck does not fit snugly. Why have a zip-T then? Plus a gappy turtleneck looks so sloppy.
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maryland2Colorado Power Dry Next to Your Skin
This is the perfect first layer under an expedition Power Dry top for backcountry tele skiing under variable weather conditions. It feels wonderful.
January 15, 2014