Winter is coming.
That's not my favorite quote from A Game of Thrones. It's just a fact, and it makes me happy after another Arizona summer and quasi-autumn that lasted about 4.7 days.
Truth: I haven't been cold since I was in Norway. And even then, I wasn't all that cold. Sure, Norway is chilly for an Arizona dude even in the summertime. But I also had a few items from tasc Performance to keep me warm. The folks at tasc Performance sent some of their new long-sleeve merino wool/bamboo fiber shirts for testing.
I started the Midnight Sun 10K (which really start at about 8 p.m.) in one of them. I used another as a base layer for hiking the Bessegen Trail in Jotunheimen National Park. I'd reach for one of them anytime the rain started to fall or the wind started to blow.
This is the first time I've used a technical shirt with any wool in it. Here's what I thought of the new tasc Performance gear.
- They take up no room in a pack, yet are still warm.
- They look damn good.
- I’d prefer to wear them as a second layer. I didn't wash them beforehand, and they were a bit itchy to my skin. Soon, it will be cool enough for me to try them now that I've washed them.
- I love the wrist gaiters. Slipping my thumb into one pulls just enough of the sleeve down to cover my hands a bit. Great for wearing gloves.
- Be careful with those cool gaiters. I shoved my hand in with a little too much authority and yanked a bunch of stitching out.
- The Merino wool doesn't get soaked very easily. It seems to repel light drizzles. Is it just me?
Over the last year, tasc Performance has become my go-to brand for exercise apparel. If you want to something more comfortable than tasc, you’ll have to do as the ancient Greeks did and hit the gym in nothing but olive oil. The Merino wool adds a new element to the bamboo lineup. It's not as soft yet. But warm? You betcha. It'll get loads of action this winter, no matter where I go. And we’ll see if the itchiness abates.
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