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Gear Review: OR Essence Duo Tee


Another recent find for myself, a new ladies Outdoor Research® Essence Duo Tee. Made of 88% polyester and 12% Merino Wool it is combo that both wicks but feels good against the skin. The product used in the top is Dri-Release® Wool.

The top comes in 4 colors, which charmingly match the hats they sell as well 😉

One key thing is the fit. The seams are done differently than most outdoor tops, so they don’t sit under your pack straps. Raglan sleeves do have a point at times! The cut of the shirt is nice as well. Not tight, not baggy. The fabric passes the rough skin test (I always shop when I haven’t used hand lotion – if fabric feels rough, no thanks!). I am a fan of clothing that feels “normal” not like you are dressed in cheap polyester. The length of the T is nice, you won’t get tummy breezes if you stretch and is cut for those with boobage as well, the top doesn’t ride up in the front.

The top has Fresh Guard® added to control odors, we will see how well that works after a few wears.

Weight is 4 ounces for mine and it packs down small.

More to come as I take it on more trips.


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