The eagle-eyed passerby might have noticed the Haglöfs Actives Tee on here a good few times over the past year. It’s been well used, it’s seen biking, running, walking of all sorts (it’s technical properties and understated looks means it fits in well even on family days out), and the best test of any baselyer’s stink repelling qualities: it’s been slept in.
The fit is close, but not tight, and the easy stretch means that there’s no feeling of restriction. The Dryskin fabric is silky to the touch, and very pleasant to wear. The sweat managing properties are good, wicking well and drying reasonably quickly, in fact it’s better all-round than the fabric used on Haglöfs now discontinued Azer top that I got around the same time.
There will always by a slight chill on your spine when you pull your rucksack back onto a sweat soaked synthetic baselayer, but it’s much better than it used to be and not an issue these days I don’t think. The fabric is Polygiene treated which makes a huge difference, even after a couple of days on the trail, it’s not offensive. You can still tell you’ve been sweating in it, but there’s none of the eyewatering nostril attack that drove me to merino all those years ago.
The cut is very good, working with the stretch to keep the hem down, and the length of both body and arms suit me well.
The seams are all flatlocked stitched in a nice contrasting orange, and they have the same stretch as the fabric they’re holding together, so you can’t feel them at all, and there’s no wrinkling even after multiple washes.
The logo makes you look like you’re wearing a medallion, but I quite like the symmetry of the placement. There’s no labels at all on the inside, instead there’s a soft, clear plastic tab on the back bottom edge of the neck seam with your washing instruction and info. You’d never know it’s there, but cutting it out is a cinch.
The construction is top notch, and even after a lot of wear/wash cycles it’s still in fantastic condition.
It’s a cracking bit of kit and recommended.
- Weight: 130g for my size large
- UK Price: £37.50
- Fabric: Dryskin 990 Stretch, Polyester/Spandex
- Made in: Portugal
- Ladies (Q) version available: Charcoal with blue contrast stitching
- Matching boxer shorts available