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

Everlane The Performance Polo

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.

Material

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.

Performance

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.

Overall

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.

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Everlane The Performance Polo

Faherty Brand All Day Shorts

I picked up the Faherty Brand All Day Shorts from a Nordstrom sale over the winter to see how they stack up against the gold standard Outlier New Way Longs (our review). Now that it is finally shorts season, I’ve been able to wear them through some warm weather.

Material

Faherty updated the fabric here slightly for 2020 — my pair is 80% recycled polyester, 12% cotton, 8% elastane; the new blend is 75/17/8%. When I went to look at the tag to write this review, I was surprised there was any cotton at all as the fabric behaves like a 100% synthetic.

I find the material extremely breathable with just a slight stretch, the only caveat is that it has a slight technical sheen and swish. The heathering in the color helps hide the technical nature some (and I imagine the cotton helps as well), but the smoothness and drape of the fabric gives it away.

With the higher cotton content in the updated fabric, I’d expect the shorts to look slightly “more normal”. Faherty also claims “increased movement and breathability” with this change.

Performance

The performance of these shorts is excellent. They breath well and dry extremely quickly, something that is a requirement for versatile shorts. They also bead water well, a DWR is not specified but I suspect one was applied to the fabric.

Since these shorts are advertised for everyday and swimwear, there are some nice swim-ready features. The mesh bottoms of both of the side pockets and the (hidden) zippered back pocket help water drain out, and the internal drawstring allows you to tighten the waist without a belt.

Fit & Style

Faherty did a nice job with the cut of these shorts. I would say they have similar styling to the New Ways — tailored like a dress pant. This is what I look for now in a versatile short, and is why the New Ways are the standard. A functioning zipper fly is also a must and these check that box. The only shortcoming in the pair I have is the lack of belt loops, but they are now an option.

Looks-wise, the fabric gives away that these are technical, but I don’t think it takes away too much from the style. They also aren’t scarred with zippers and logos.

Another part of the update on these shorts is the availability of a 7” inseam (along with the 9” inseam on my pair). With inseam options and quite a few odd waist sizes, it shouldn’t be hard to get the perfect fit.

Overall

The All Day Shorts live up to their name and look good for everyday wear while performing for a hike or a swim. At $98, these are about 30% less expensive than the New Way Longs.

While they haven’t ousted the Outlier shorts from their top position, I think they are a worthy second, especially given their lower price point (and the much higher chance that you can find them on sale). These are going to get quite a bit of wear from me this summer.

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Faherty Brand All Day Shorts

Outerknown BBQ Shirt

Note: This shirt was provided by Outerknown for review purposes.

Now that it has finally warmed up here, I’ve gotten a chance to give the Outerknown BBQ Shirt a good test. The shirt is a camp style, so perfect for summer. While not a style I’d have picked on my own, I loved it as soon as I put it on, and it will definitely be in my rotation for casual summer wear.

Material

The material is a lightweight 93% organic cotton, 7% hemp blend. Looking at the shirt, you’d expect it to be 100% cotton, but the addition of hemp adds some performance without compromising on the softness or texture. Of course, being from Outerknown, they also use corozo buttons here adding to the sustainability of the shirt.

The shirt comes out of the wash looking fairly wrinkled, but after hanging to dry, it is ready to wear. This is something I don’t often see with all or high cotton button-ups and was surprising. This makes it a no fuss and an easy choice.

Performance

Even though it doesn’t have a high hemp content, this shirt is light and very breathable. It keeps cool in the heat, although it hasn’t seen hot and humid summer weather yet I expect it to perform there as well. The performance of the hemp definitely comes through here in the breathability.

Of course this is a one or two wear shirt, but that’s not a surprise. The fabric dries quickly for a cotton blend though, and the lack of wrinkles makes it easy to toss in the wash and have it ready to wear the next day.

Fit & Style

The shirt is described as a “Classic Fit”, so it fits on the casual side, but not so much that it looks like you threw on your dad’s camp shirt from the 80s. I think it is spot on for this style of shirt.

I love how they interpreted the classic camp shirt. The style can sometimes be quite open in the neck, but the top button is higher here, so it works for me.

Overall

This shirt is going to be a top pick from my closet for summer evenings and weekends. If you are looking for a casual, comfortable, natural fiber shirt for the summer, the Outerknown BBQ Shirt is worth a look.

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Outerknown BBQ Shirt

Proof Elements Jacket

When I saw the Elements Jacket from Proof (a Huckberry brand), it looked like a good-looking lightweight jacket, something that was missing in my wardrobe. Since we’ve had good experiences with other Proof pieces, I decided to give it a try.

Material

The fabric is what Proof calls ThermoTech (73% cotton, 24% polyester, 3% wool) with the claim that it “heats itself as you wear it, allowing you to stay warm without being weighed down with a super thick jacket”.

I was skeptical of that claim before trying the jacket, but it is a warmer jacket than it appears. I’ve found it to be comfortable down to about 40° F — much cooler than I had expected; yet still breathable enough to put on over a t-shirt or short sleeve polo in the 60s.

This is a great looking fabric. It has no technical sheen, and has an interesting texture.

The lining is 100% polyester, designed to make it easier to put on and take off the jacket. It does a great job, with no need to hold your cuffs to keep them from sliding up. To prevent cutting the breathability of the jacket with too much polyester, the lining in the body is mesh.

Performance

The performance here is excellent, in addition to keeping me warm in cooler temperatures than expected, the jacket blocks wind very well. Even on a chilly, breezy morning, I was comfortable walking around with just a midweight long sleeve tee underneath; this could go even colder with a sweater or heavy shirt underneath.

When warmer out, the jacket manages moisture well, so you remain comfortable even if you get a bit sweaty. This is where the two-way zipper comes in handy as well — you can open up the bottom to get some extra airflow.

The only negative is that since the fabric seems to retain heat like the claims discuss, it stays warm once you go inside. I always find myself at least un-zipping the jacket immediately, and if I was warm outside, often taking it off.

Proof also touts the water-resistance of the jacket. While a DWR isn’t specified, it reacts to a light drizzle like it is treated with one.

Fit & Style

The fit and style of this jacket are spot on to fit perfectly into the spot of a lightweight jacket for business casual that can also be dressed down for the weekend.

The XL fits me close, but with enough room to layer with a sweater for colder weather.

The hand pockets, button-flap chest pocket, and button snap cuffs add to the utility, and sharp look of the jacket. There is also an internal pocket towards the bottom of the jacket.

Overall

The Proof Elements Jacket is going to be my go-to for a lighter jacket that looks good while performing. Being lightweight and sharp looking but comfortable in a fairly wide temperature range, this is great jacket for work, travel, and around town.

Currently on sale for $111, I think this jacket offers an excellent value, and would purchase it again even at the full $148 price.

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Proof Elements Jacket

Beyond Clothing Celeris Pullover

Beyond Clothing has been on my radar for a while, as they stand out from the numerous other outdoor performance clothing brands by building their whole line around a layering system. Every piece is designated as L1 through L8, making it easy to build your optimal layering system, with sizing to match. To make it even easier, they have a pre-designed matrix for functionality in climates anywhere from Hot (106 to 75° F) all the way down to Polar (-70 to -40° F).

I’ve recently been testing the Celeris Pullover (Huckberry), which is designated K2 (KYROS line, L2, Midweight Baselayer — imported but same quality and compatible with the US made AXIOS system).

While I’ve only been able to try it out at home and around the neighborhood, it has been a nice layering piece to keep warm, and definitely has earned them a spot on my list of brands to consider for outdoor gear.

Material

The fabric here is Beyond Clothing’s 7.9 oz. Verso Weave™ 94% polyester/6% spandex. If you are familiar with Patagonia’s R1 fleece (a grid fleece), this is similar, except the grid is circles. They also went as far as using a lighter grid of circles on the side panels and under the arms to help vent excess heat while active.

Overall the fabric is stretchy, breathable, and comfortable, exactly what is needed for a good baselayer.

Performance

The performance here is great. It is a bit warmer than R1 fleece (the fabric here is 1 oz. heavier), but the lighter side panels help improve breathability even further.

Beyond describes the use case as “Below 45° F as either a next-to-skin or over an L1.”, however, I found it comfortable while sitting at my desk at 65° F — that shows the versatility, and also difference between active and non-active wear.

The long zip, higher collar, and ample hood make this a very versatile piece. You can dump heat with the zipper wide open or zip it all the way up for a snug fit around your neck and head to keep you toasty warm.

The stretch also makes the layer extremely comfortable, and I find it to be more stretchy than the R1.

Unfortunately, being mostly polyester, there is no odor control here. Over a shirt being non-active, I can get a good number of wears out of it, but I imagine it will get smelly pretty quickly when sweating.

Fit & Style

The fit here is athletic and what you’d expect from a second baselayer. Even though I got the “Regular” and not “Long” length (they recommend “Regular” for up to 6’2”), the body is still plenty long to tuck in if worn as part of a layering system.

The thumb holes are a nice touch to keep the sleeves from riding up as you put other layers over top. When not using the thumb holes, this makes the sleeves a bit long. There is also a small pocket on the left sleeve for something like a key or card.

Style wise, we are firmly in the outdoor performance category here. This isn’t going to be a layer for when you get chilly at the office or in a cold restaurant.

Overall

The Celeris Pullover will definitely stay in my rotation and will probably replace my R1 in my outdoors setup, depending on how the odor-resistance is once I get this sweaty.

If you are looking for a versatile outdoors-forward midweight baselayer hoodie, this one is definitely worth consideration. If you want something that can work more broadly style wise, the Patagonia R1 might be a better fit.

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Beyond Clothing Celeris Pullover

Everlane The Performance Jean

When I saw Everlane’s $50 denim sale back in March, I decided to give The Performance Jean from their Uniform collection a try — all Uniform pieces can be replaced if they fail or you are dissatisfied within 365 days of purchase. With that guarantee and at such a low price, it made it an easy decision to give them a try.

Material

These jeans are made of a four-way stretch 94% organic cotton, 2% elastane, 4% other fiber. The “other fiber” seems unusual to me, but I’m betting it is something for extra stretch.

The Dark Indigo color I got is a nice mid-dark color, what I’d consider a standard dressier jeans color.

Fit & Style

Based on the size chart, I went with the Athletic fit. That gives a little extra room in the seat/hips and the thighs, which works well for me as the stretch is only slightly noticeable.

Being a larger company, there also is the benefit of Everlane offering odd-sized waists, four lengths, and four fits, so it should be pretty easy for anyone to dial in a great fit.

Style wise, these aren’t anything special. They are standard, athletic fit jeans with a little stretch — nothing more or less.

Performance

The athletic fit combined with the slight stretch makes these jeans comfortable, and about on par performance-wise with other stretch jeans you can find at this price point.

Surprisingly, the jeans bag out a little in the thighs and seat between washes (although the waist didn’t stretch). I’m guessing this has something to do with the 4% “other fiber” content.

Overall

I found these jeans to be average and about the same as other “performance” (meaning a little stretch) jeans you can find at this price point. The stretch and slight bagging out are what you’ll find in most of them.

I still prefer my Revtown Sharp Jeans (our review), but if you are looking for something standard or in this price range, these will meet those expectations.

Overall, not recommended.

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Everlane The Performance Jean