About a week and half ago, I won a giveaway. Yippee for me! This in itself is a major deal – the last time I won anything, I must have been a wee tot. So – I was excited when Rad Runner told me that I had won her Alo giveaway. Not only did I win a contest – but it was for something that I could use! A few days later I sent my info to her, and viola! Within a day I had a package from Alo. Nice customer service!
I took it out for a spin on Sunday traipsing through the trails of the Laguna Coast Wilderness. Here are my thoughts (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being a-okay):
- Comfort – 5: There is something about the bamboo (that’s right) cotton blend. It is comfy comfy comfy. I would replace all of my other tech shirts in a second with more made of this blend. Unlike some of my rougher tech shirts, there was absolutely no hint of chafing anywhere. Especially on those oh so sensitive areas on a guy’s torso…
- Wicking – 3: This is more a personal thing, but as much as I sweat, I *need* something that will wick moisture (okay – sweat) well. This shirt certainly wicked, but as much as I sweat it had a difficult time keeping up. By the time I was done with an easy four miles in the 65 degree/85 percent humidity weather, i was a sopping dripping mess. To be fair, if it were the middle of the day with lower humidity, I probably wouldn’t have left a trail of sweat.
- Quick Dry – 5: Since, in general, I get soaked regardless what I wear, a *very important* measure to me is how quickly my shirt (or clothing in general) dries. I can tell you – I was shivering uncontrollably in San Francisco when I was standing in the cold still soaked 20 minutes after my race. Well – with this shirt, I was dry and comfortable within 10 minutes after my run. Outstanding!
- Overall – 4++: This is now *the* most comfortable workout shirt in my collection. Guys - if you have an opportunity to get an Alo shirt – do it!