When Everlane had their 25% off sale, I decided to take the opportunity to try The Performance Polo. Everlane bills this polo as “A modern polo for those who want performance comfort—without the technical fabric look or feel.” While it does somewhat live up to that claim, there are some shortcomings.
The polo is built from a 93% cotton, 7% elastane pique knit fabric. There is a good amount of stretch to the fabric.
Everlane only notes it as a two-way stretch, but in the hand it stretches in both directions. They also claim that the fabric is anti-microbial, so there must be some type of treatment on the fabric (which sometimes can wash out), although it is not disclosed.
It should be noted that this is a polo that has to go into the dryer to come out wearable. When I tried my normal hang-dry, it was unwearably wrinkly. With just two washes, the edges of the collar and sleeves are starting to look slightly worn.
Overall, this polo performs like a slightly upgraded cotton polo, but let’s dive into the specific claims made.
- Two-way stretch: Yep, it’s there, and feels more like four-way stretch to me. This is one of the highlights.
- Sweat-wicking: Nope, it performs like cotton.
- Quick-drying: Again, it’s cotton. Maybe it dries slightly faster due to the elastane content, but nothing to write home about.
- Anti-microbial: I can get a solid two days of wear, but since this property likely comes from some type of treatment it could wash out over time.
Fit & Style
The fit here is good, I’d say its a nice straight fit polo, not slim but not baggy either. The length is perfect for wearing untucked, which matches the style, as this is definitely on the more casual side of polo.
The hidden buttons make it look a little different and refined (although it makes it a pain to do the buttons).
One deal breaker for a polo is a floppy collar, and while the collar doesn’t look horrible here, it definitely isn’t sharp.
If you want a performance polo, look elsewhere. If you are set on a casual cotton polo with stretch, or you really like the hidden buttons, you might be happy as you do get an added bonus of odor-resistance.
Overall, $38 isn’t a bad price, but it’s not something I recommend.