Weighing only 5.6 ounces in size Large, the GoLite DriMove Top is a very functional and versatile piece that can be worn as a base layer or outer layer in a variety of outdoor activities. The fabric is a polyester knit with a very soft inner surface for comfort against the skin and a textured outer surface. The combination is very effective for wicking sweat away and staying dry.
On me (6 feet, 170 pounds, 41-inch chest, 34-inch arms), a size Large DriMove LS Top had a relaxed fit. GoLite lists it as semi-fitted, and it probably is on a huskier person. I found the sleeve and tail length just right. It has flat seam construction and raglan sleeves, which gives it good freedom of movement without binding or chaffing.
I wore the GoLite DriMove Top as an outer layer on nine backpacking trips (ok, I’m bragging a little bit) in cool, windy, and warm/hot weather. I can easily say that this is the driest top I have worn. The only area that got wet was the patch behind my backpack, and it dried out quickly when I took my pack off.
For its weight, the DriMove Top had a surprising comfort range. As long as I remained active, I was quite comfortable hiking in a wide range of temperature and wind conditions. I also wore it as a base layer in camp, in my sleeping bag, and on cold mornings and found that it added extra warmth without bulk. I also wore it as a base layer while hiking on cold mornings, and managed to stay comfortable until the temperature rose into the 60’s.
The DriMove wicking polyester fabric is smooth and soft on the inside (left) and textured on the outside (right). Unfortunately it snags easily.
The only downside I found with this top is that it snags fairly easily. When bushwhacking through brush I was quite careful with it, and it still acquired a collection of snags. So, a bushwhacking shirt it is not.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: GoLite (www.golite.com/)
- Product: DriMove Long Sleeve Top
- Fabric: DriMove wicking polyester knit
- Features: Men’s crew neck/women’s V-neck, raglan sleeves, flat seams
- Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL, XXL
- Weight: Measured weight 5.6 oz (men’s L), manufacturer specification 6 oz (men’s L)
- MSRP: $25