GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight, good fit, very comfortable, really wicks moisture away, but snags easily.

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by Will Rietveld | 2006-06-24 03:00:00-06

GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW

Overview

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.

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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

Citation

"GoLite DriMove Long Sleeve Top SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_drimove_long_sleeve_top_spotlite_review.html, 2006-06-24 03:00:00-06.

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