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RailRiders Adventure Top SPOTLITE REVIEW

A well-vented top that excels in warm weather

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by Don Wilson | 2005-09-02 03:00:00-06

RailRiders Adventure Top SPOTLITE REVIEW

Overview

The RailRiders Adventure Top shirt is designed to be a well-vented shirt that also provides good sun protection; and it does excel as a warm weather garment. The Adventure top is made with 2 ply 3 ounce supplex nylon and has a soft, very comfortable feel. It has a 3 button front closure that extends down from the neck for 6 inches, and button closure cuffs. The full side mesh panels and the vented Coolmax back mesh are the key features that make this shirt so comfortable in warm weather. There is a single chest pocket with a vertical velcro closure, and a vertical 7/8 inch collar for extra sun protection on your neck and that cool Nehru look.

I wore my Adventure top for several weeks of walking on the Pacific Crest Trail this spring, and it did excel in hot weather. The side panels are an absolute delight on hot days, keeping me noticeably cooler and dryer than other shirts I used. On my hottest day on the trail, I spent several hours navigating through sweltering Mission Creek canyon. Tired and dehydrated, I switched from another warm weather shirt to my Adventure top and was immediately more comfortable. The Adventure top, and its companion the Eco-Mesh shirt, are very popular with long distance hikers on the PCT, being light, comfortable and providing good protection from the relentless California sun. Another plus - after a few days in warm weather this shirt doesn't stink nearly as bad as some other synthetic tops.

My only complaint with the Adventure top was the stitching. My shirt popped a few stitches from relatively minor stress while donning my pack. This happened at the seam between the side panel mesh and the supplex nylon. I beefed up the stitching by hand and never had another problem. The Adventure top also weighed in at almost 7 ounces, significantly more than the manufacturer's spec of 5 ounces. We also found these shirts to run a little smaller than other shirts of the same size. Consider sizing up one size if you are in doubt about sizes. But overall, it has become a favorite and my top is still in great shape. It will see a lot more action in the warm southwest.

Features and Specifications

  • Weight: 6.9 oz as measured size L (195 g) Manufacturer's spec 5 oz (141 g)
  • Full side mesh panels and Coolmax vented back panel
  • Comfortable, 3 ounce supplex nylon body
  • Button, 6 inch front closure and button cuffs
  • Vertical chest pocket with velcro closure
  • MSRP: $54
  • Contact: http://www.railriders.com

Citation

"RailRiders Adventure Top SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/railriders_adventure_top_shirt_spotlite_review.html, 2005-09-02 03:00:00-06.

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