Review by Campsite Correspondent: Ashley Gossens
As soon as I received the Royal Robbins in the mail I knew I would be a convert. I don’t usually wear long sleeved shirts while hiking in the winter unless it’s below freezing. During our mild Seattle winters a fleece and a tech tee is usually sufficient enough to keep me warm on the first chilly mile. It doesn’t take long for me to go from cool to overheating and then I shed the fleece. I always assumed that I would be too hot while climbing the trails if I wore a long sleeve shirt instead of a tee, especially a wool one, but I was wrong.
The first thing I noticed about the Mission Knit shirt is how incredibly soft it is. The lightweight blend of Japanese acrylic, rayon and just 5% wool, makes it super soft, durable and warm. I got it just in time to try it out on a fall trip to New England. I knew I would be hiking in some unpredictable and cooler weather, and even though I was hesitant about getting too hot in it, I brought it along to try it out.
I was delightfully surprised at how comfortable the Mission Knit kept me while climbing up the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I noticed a better balance of my core temperature while I climbed. The breathable fabric wicked away the sweat when I was working hard and the wool kept me warm while I stopped to take in the colorful views. I climbed to a hut on the shoulder of Mount Lafayette where the temperature was around freezing. Everyone was bundled up and I was cozy in my soft Mission Knit and a light puffy jacket.
Since then the Mission Knit has become my new favorite shirt. I regularly wear it hiking, running, walking the dog or just exploring our local parks in the rain. On cooler days I wear a tee underneath for extra warmth and it doesn’t bunch up or get too cumbersome. This is the perfect lightweight layer to stay comfortable and cozy on those cooler winter days when you just need to get outside.
Royal Robbins has quite a large line of comfortable athletic wear for both men and women. You can check them out here. Thanks to the Campsite for hooking me up with this piece. Although the item was provided free to me to review, all opinions are my own.