Pistol Lake All-Around Shorts

Note: These shorts were provided free of charge by Pistol Lake for review.

I’ve been wearing Pistol Lake since they released their Minimalist Tee (our review). They recently updated their All-Around Shorts, taking into account customer feedback, and I was excited to give them a try as they looked like a good combination of workout and casual shorts (more on this later).

Material

These shorts are made from a 90% nylon/10% spandex blend with four-way stretch and a DWR coating. Weighing in at 213 gsm, it is a substantial fabric, but the weight doesn’t take away from the comfort, it simply adds to the durability.

There is no technical sheen here, and minimal texture — the fabric just blends in.

The inside of the fabric does have more of a texture with very low loops, making it feel comfortable against the skin.

Unfortunately, there is some “technical swoosh” while walking. It did tone down some with washing, but I don’t expect it to ever go completely away.

Fit & Style

The fit is great. It is slightly tailored to help make the shorts more versatile, but not so much that they don’t work for exercise. The size chart is spot on (just remember that the waist measurements are actual and not vanity sizing). The 9” inseam works well for me and is a nice middle ground for versatile shorts.

As I mentioned in the intro, these fall more into the exercise shorts that look great around town vs. the great looking shorts that you can exercise in (like Outlier New Ways (our review)).

I’ve both worn these out of the house and for working out, and think they do well in both situations. They are certainly a step above gym shorts for casual wear, but remain casual.

The only negatives to the style are the lack of a button (they are elastic waist) and the pocket flare. Pistol Lake did reduce pocket flare with the 2.0 variant, but it’s still there for me, especially on the right side pocket where the cell phone pouch is located.

Performance

These shorts perform well. They stay out of the way, don’t bind, and don’t soak up sweat or get clammy. They seem breathable, but I wasn’t able to test them in hot weather.

Being elastic waistband, I’m glad they don’t have an external draw string, but found it strange there was not an internal one. While I didn’t feel like I needed a drawstring, it always is a nice addition on these shorts that are designed to be worn anywhere.

Pistol Lake also included their secure phone pocket, here as a snap secure pocket inside the right front pocket.

They “reshaped pocket bags so they fall toward the middle/outer part of the thigh” for the 2.0 version, and I think the pockets are great — nice and deep without allowing your phone or other larger objects to fall over/twist. There also is a nice back pocket, adding to the feel of them not just being workout shorts.

Overall

Pistol Lake did a great job making a pair of shorts that can be versatile. At a price point of $74, they represent a good value. Much cheaper than the New Ways and not too much more than a workout only pair of shorts.

The only caveats are the noise and slight pocket flare, but I don’t think that detracts from the value enough to not recommend these shorts. While not the best out there, they are certainly worth a look, especially at the price.

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Pistol Lake All-Around Shorts

Lululemon ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme

Lululemon has had their ABC line of mens’ pants around for a while, and they are widely talked about on the travel/one bag Reddit community. A long ways back I tried on some in a store and was not super impressed, but decided to finally give them a try with their new “Warpstreme” fabric.

Specifically, I tried the ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme.

Material

These pants are made with Lululemon’s four-way stretch Warpstreme fabric, which is 100% polyester. It is heavier than I’d have expected and is smooth and has minimal texture.

While walking, these pants do make noise, and especially in bright light, they have a sheen that gives them away as technical — no mistaking these for your standard chinos.

Performance

Quite a few claims are made about these pants, so I’ll go through each:

  • Shape retention: seems to be there, haven’t had any bagging out between washes, remains to be seen how this holds up long term. I’m guessing some of this comes because there is no elastane to stretch/wear out.
  • Quick-drying: these dry about as expected for heavier polyester pants. Nothing magic, but will dry overnight.
  • Four-way stretch: yep, these are stretchy. Not the stretchiest I’ve tried, but very comfortable.
  • Breathable: in the summer heat and humidity, I didn’t find these very comfortable, so I’d challenge this feature.
  • Wrinkle resistant: yep, no wrinkles, ready to wear right from the washer.
  • Feels smooth & falls softly away from the body: not sure this is a positive, but true.

The performance features are rounded out by a crotch gusset, a nicely done hidden zipper in the right back pocket, and reflective tape inside the outside seams that is visible when the pant leg is rolled up, for bicycle commuters.

Fit & Style

These pants come in both a “Classic” and “Slim” cut. I have the Classic variation, and I’d say it fits straight with room in the seat and thighs, all while not being baggy. The fit works well for me and the style is classic five-pocket.

With no-to-minimal break, you wouldn’t ID these as technical fabric, but the drape seems like it could be off if you prefer more break. The sheen and noise, however, do give these away. While the sheen isn’t noticeable in normal indoor light, it really shows in the sun or harsh lighting.

The final straw to keep these pants from blending in is the seam across the back of the knee, these typically are added to very technical pants to keep the pants from binding when you bend your knee. It is disappointing that Lululemon decided to add these here, as with four-way stretch, they shouldn’t be needed.

I purchased the “Obsidian” color, which I expected to be grey (as it looks in the Lululemon website photos), but it turned out to be a blue-grey, leaning towards the blue side.

Overall

These pants retail for $128, and I don’t think they are worth that price. There are numerous other pants we’ve reviewed that fit in this category (high stretch but good looks) that are better (Olivers Passage Pant, Western Rise Diversion Pant, Aether Kelso Pant).

If you live somewhere where it’s hard (or expensive) to get our other picks, these aren’t bad, but wait for a good sale.

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Lululemon ABC Pant Classic Warpstreme

Jungmaven Baja Tee

Jungmaven focuses on hemp-forward, casual apparel, and has been at it since the early 90s. The founder is a founding member of the industry association that helped make growing hemp legal again in the US. They are now working on helping to increase production and build the infrastructure to knit hemp in the US.

When I saw this mission and how long they’ve had to perfect the hemp tee, I grabbed their Baja Tee to try during a sale about a month ago.

Material

The fabric is a mid-weight 7 oz. 55% hemp/45% organic cotton blend. This is the fabric they started with and I think it shows. The weight (they compare an average cotton tee at 5 oz.) makes it substantial and gives it a natural drape and handfeel.

Being a majority hemp blend, the fabric does have a slightly rough look to it, making it casual without looking worn out or sloppy. Hemp also gets softer with each wash while still remaining strong, making it a great choice for a casual shirt.

Performance

This t-shirt performs much better than its weight. Typically a 7 oz. fabric would be too warm for the summer, but with the breathability and moisture wicking of the hemp, this shirt remained comfortable, even on days into the 90s °F. The heavier weight also makes it nice when moving in and out of air conditioning, as it seems to keep that “AC chill” away.

As discussed by Jungmaven, hemp also has antibacterial properties and sheds dirt more readily than other materials. I found these claims to be true, as I got at least 3-5 wears out of the shirt between each wash.

The only area where this shirt is lacking is in its’ drying ability. When it gets wet, it takes a long while to dry. While the breathability keeps me dry while wearing it, when I got stuck in a rainstorm, I had to change shirts when I got home.

Fit and Style

This shirt has a great fit that I think is coming back in style, it is a little boxy and shorter than most of my XL tees, but in a good way.

The fit combined with the fabric makes puts it solidly in the casual category. The natural drape and classic look keep it looking good (and much better than a workout tee for those work from home video calls).

Overall

The Baja Tee has been my most worn t-shirt since I got it at the beginning of August. The weight and style make it perfect for working from home and around town. I think it will continue to get a lot of wear into the Fall, due to the great weight.

Highly recommended, and if you like something a lighter, there also is a 5 oz. fabric in the same blend.

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Jungmaven Baja Tee

Western Rise Spectrum Jogger

Note: these were provided by Western Rise at no cost for review.

When Western Rise launched their new Active Collection, I was excited to see the Spectrum Jogger, as I was already thinking that I needed another pair of joggers going into Fall.

Joggers are something that can easily go too far in the fashion or comfort directions, but Western Rise hit the sweet spot with these pants. Performant for exercise while still looking great.

Material

The joggers are made from a 100% polyester, warp-knit, four-way mechanical stretch fabric with a C6 DWR from Toray in Japan. It weighs in at 220 gsm, so it is substantial.

What does that all mean? The hand feel is soft like a knit fabric, but it is thicker and more durable like a woven. The DWR helps repel water and stains. All while having a firm stretch so they can move with you.

This is the perfect material for a jogger.

Performance

Being a warm summer, I hadn’t had a chance to give these pants much of a try until we had an early morning in the 50s (°F). I wore these for a run and I was impressed by the performance. Typically, I don’t wear pants for exercise until its into the 40s but these pants breath so well they remained comfortable. I was expecting to get too hot, but never got there. That in its own is enough for me to get excited about them.

They also never seemed to pick up much sweat, absorbing and releasing the moisture quite quickly. This is also beneficial when washing, as they air dry quickly.

The mechanical stretch, while firm, is surprisingly forgiving even with the modern fit. I never felt the pants binding or restricting my motion running or stretching.

Fit & Style

The fit here is great. It’s a modern cut, which for me means that there is enough room for my thighs, with a taper from the knee down, keeping them from being too big around my calves or ankles. This is a solution I prefer to the typical elastic ankle cuff you see on many joggers.

I found the design of the elastic waist to be top notch, as it never felt too tight or too loose where I needed to use the drawstring (which ends with a small knot secured by shrink tubing).

This fit combined with the fabric make these look great for around town on the weekend.

A few other touches include a zipper pocket hidden in the side seam that’s a good size for keys, and a zippered back pocket for your wallet.

Overall

These are a great entry into the jogger space, and have earned a top spot in my closet. They can easily go from a workout or hike to coffee or hanging out on the weekend. I’m excited to see how these perform as the weather cools off, as they seem like they will have a wide comfort range.

Highly recommended.

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Western Rise Spectrum Jogger

Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Nau’s mission is to “make the world’s most sustainable performance wear”. When I saw their Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt on clearance last year and saw that it was made from a majority hemp blend, I had to give it a try.

The shirt has become a favorite over the last year, so I thought it was time for a review.

Material

The material (along with the whole Kanab line) is a jersey knit 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton. Some contrasting yarn gives the shirt a great heathered texture, and close-up it almost has micro stripes. To the eye, it has a slub cotton texture and to the hand it is substantial and slightly rough. With wear and washing, the fabric has broken in and softened nicely.

One thing I love about hemp fabrics is the weight while still being breathable. This fabric is no exception. The weight gives it a great drape and keeps it from clinging to your body like merino and synthetics can do.

Performance

This is definitely a performance t-shirt.

The breathability is excellent. The knit is slightly more open than what you typically find in a cotton or merino tee. I always see this in blends like this, I’m guessing it is because the hemp fibers are larger in diameter and rougher than a usual cotton or wool fiber. Even on the hottest days, I’ve remained comfortable.

While it doesn’t manage moisture like a synthetic, I find it more comfortable than merino when sweating a lot. While it does tend to hold a similar amount of moisture, it feels less heavy because the fabric is more substantial. I also find that it does a better job at holding that moisture away from your skin.

When it comes to odor-resistance, I can get 3-4 days between wears. This is quite impressive considering there is no odor treatment, and is a testament to hemp as another fiber to look out for.

Fit & Style

The fit here is a standard straight cut. To be noted is the size chart, as I am happy with the size L when I typically take an XL (with the exception of brands like Patagonia).

Style is perfect for an all-around casual t-shirt. The length sits right at that perfect middle ground for an everyday t-shirt that could be dressed up a bit (thanks to the drape and texture).

Overall

The Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt is a great example of how performant a hemp-dominant blend can be without getting too rough from the hemp, and shows that it can be a merino alternative.

Hemp is also a great, sustainable option for clothing. It adds nutrients to the soil, so it needs no synthetic fertilizer. It also needs little to no irrigation. Hemp is also very durable so clothing lasts longer, and when it finally does wear out, it can be composted. While cotton does counteract some of the environmental impact, choosing to blend with organic cotton does help swing the pendulum back in the right direction.

I keep reaching for this shirt. Highly recommended.

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Nau Kanab Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket

We’ve reviewed quite a few Taylor Stitch items, but this is the first piece of outerwear we’ve checked out. The Ojai Jacket is one of their signature pieces that they make in various fabrics, from cotton to waxed canvas to wool. The style is a take on the classic French workwear jacket, sometimes called a “chore coat”.

I am taking a look at the Washed Charcoal variant.

Material

The fabric is a washed, 8-oz. 100% organic cotton. The wash gives it a soft feel right out of the box, so no need for any break-in to feel comfortable. To give the weight some context, it is heavier than all your shirting except the most burly wool or flannel shirts.

Performance

The fabric performs as you’d expect being 100% cotton, it breathes but isn’t moisture wicking. Functionality is where the jacket shines.

With functional sleeve buttons, dual entry patch pockets, and a large chest pocket (with stitching to keep a pen or pencil in place), the jacket shows its heritage as a work jacket. It is easy to roll up the sleeves when you are getting dirty or keep your hands out of the wind in the side entry portion of the pockets.

It’s a great outer layer for the 40-60s °F, depending on what you layer underneath — a t-shirt for warmer weather or a flannel in the fall.

Fit & Style

There is a reason the Ojai is one of Taylor Stitch’s signature styles that keeps coming back. They’ve managed to make the classic French chore coat a more modern and functional jacket. The fit is perfect, as it’s not too bulky while still allowing for a layer underneath. It’s a good balance where it works with something as light as a t-shirt up to a flannel.

This fabric makes the jacket a pure casual/workwear piece, but works well with the overall look.

The most interesting style choice is the ring-back buttons. This means that the buttons have a brass stud on the back with a ring on the inside to hold the buttons on.

Having these buttons on the cuffs is the only issue I have as it isn’t great for watch-wearers. I’m not sure if it would cause damage, but I’m cautious when wearing a watch, as the metal button stud and ring can come in contact with it.

Overall

The Ojai Jacket in Washed Charcoal is a great interpretation of a chore coat in a classic fabric. I found myself reaching for the jacket quite a bit in the spring, and I am looking forward to wearing it more once the weather cools down.

At $188, I don’t think I’d add the jacket to my wardrobe, but during a sale, I’d definitely pick it up. Recommended.

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Taylor Stitch Ojai Jacket

Western Rise Site-wide Sale

Western Rise, one of our favorite brands, is having a 20% off site-wide sale through Friday.

Just this week their new Active Collection arrived for us to try, so be on the lookout for full reviews. I am trying out the Spectrum Jogger, which are made from a stretchy warp knit fabric with a nice texture to it. Ben is giving the Session Tee and Movement Short a try as some new workout gear.

Two of our other favorites to check out are the Evolution Pant (our review) and the Limitless Merino Button-Down (our review). If you are looking for something more casual, the Diversion Pant (our review) and X Cotton Everyday Tee (our review) are good picks.

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Western Rise Site-wide Sale

Lululemon Evolution Polo

Since we started Everyday Wear we’ve been reading people’s glowing reviews and recommendation of lululemon business casual wear. We gave in this summer and chose some pieces to try.

My first is the Evolution Polo and seeing that we are in the middle of a heatwave, it is a great time to test it.

Material

The material is a blend of 82% Polyester, 10% Lyocell, 5% Lycra® elastane, 3% X-static® nylon. It also contains an anti-odor technology.

Silverescent® technology, powered by X-STATIC®, inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria on the garment”

This is a light- to mid-weight fabric, not as light as something like the Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo (our review), but lighter than the Ministry of Supply Apollo 3 Polo (our review).

The fabric has a subtle knit texture with no technical sheen, giving it some visual interest over the typical non-pique polo. The addition of the 5% Lycra® adds great stretch in both directions.

Wrinkle resistance is unfortunately missing. While it doesn’t wrinkle further while wearing, it comes out of a wash and hang dry with wrinkles like what you see in the photos.

Performance

The performance is middle of the road.

The polo wicks sweat well, but it doesn’t dry as fast as I would like (although even in a light color, it doesn’t show strong sweat marks). Despite the fabric being damp, I didn’t find it uncomfortable in 90°F+ heat and high humidity.

When it comes to the odor resistance claims, the technology seems to help give the polo more odor resistance than a traditional synthetic option, but it’s nothing amazing. I’ll put it this way, on a long travel day, you won’t smell by dinner time, but you likely won’t get a second days wear.

The unique part of the performance is the stretch. It is by far the most stretchy polo I own (and stretches equally in both horizontal and vertical directions). So if stretch is the main feature you are looking for in a polo, this might be a contender.

Fit & Style

The fit is straight and the length works both tucked and untucked. With the sizing chart, I ordered my usual XL, and it fits well.

Both the subtle texture and sharp collar make for a polo that works from casual to business casual.

Overall

The lululemon Evolution Polo is a middle of the road performance polo, with its biggest differentiator being the high level of stretch.

At $88, I don’t think this is a great value. Not recommended.

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Lululemon Evolution Polo

Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

While we’ve found some great performance pieces from Proof, I’ve resisted trying their 72-Hour Merino Polo because I wasn’t sure how I felt about the snaps instead of buttons. I’ve been wearing this polo at home for work and outside in some very hot temps, and I am impressed.

Material

The polo is made from Proof’s 72 Hour merino fabric (89% 16.5 micron New Zealand merino, 11% nylon).

This fabric is lightweight; not so much that it is see-thru while wearing, but holding it up to the light, it appears quite sheer. This makes it a great merino option for the depths of summer heat.

There are no UPF claims here, and it’s not a fabric that I would trust to protect me from strong sun.

Performance

The lightweight fabric makes this one of my most comfortable merino pieces for the heat. Even though merino does soak up moisture, the fabric dries so quickly, you never feel damp.

This is also great when washing the polo — it was almost dry out of the washer and was dry within 15 minutes. I’d venture to guess that you could hand wash the shirt hand have it be dry within a few hours. Any wrinkles from the washer also fell out completely.

Odor resistance-wise this shirt is as expected for 89% merino — it usually needs to be washed for some other reason before it smells.

Fit & Style

The polo is described as a “trim, athletic fit”. I find it to have a straight fit, but more along the lines of a nice t-shirt rather than a polo. This, along with the length (it is most suited for untucked wear), works with the more casual style. It looks great with shorts, but could also be dressed up with a pair of chinos (probably not for business wear though). The normal XL size I get from Proof works well.

For a polo, the collar is a make or break feature — I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The collar is described as a “free collar rests around the neck and retains shape”. This is an apt description that makes more sense once you wear the shirt. The collar doesn’t have any structure, but I don’t find it to get folded under, curled, or sloppy. It helps that the collar dries flat without any fussy positioning to dry.

On to the placket at the neck. Rather than buttons, there are two low-profile snaps in a matte black finish. After wearing the polo, they grew on me and they fit with the overall style. My only concern is the durability of the fabric from the force of undoing the snaps — that remains to be seen.

Overall

If you are looking for a casual polo to wear in the heat, the 72-Hour Merino Polo is a great option. It handles the heat, dries quickly with no wrinkles, and adds something extra over a t-shirt.

Even at the full price of $88, I think the polo is a great value. It can also often be found in Huckberry’s (Proof’s parent company) sales.

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Proof 72-Hour Merino Polo

GORUCK X-mas in July Sale

GORUCK just launched their X-mas in July Sale with some great deals on their bags and clothing (although it is all final sale). A perennial favorite of ours is the GR1. If you are looking for some durable and performance workout clothing that can do double duty for everyday and travel (our general discussion), Ben loves the Stealth Polo and always travels with the Simple Pants as a backup pair.

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GORUCK X-mas in July Sale