Outdoor Research Echo (2014)

A comfy top which ticks most of the boxes for a great price. ‘Stripped-back’ is the word: it’s extremely lightweight, almost tissue-thin, with uncomplicated stitched seams; a lean top for those who like to move light and fast. It isn’t close-fitted at all, in fact it’s rather baggy and shapeless round the waist and at the wrists. This means it’s comfortable to wear both in summer as an outer layer and in winter as a first stage, but you’d need a lot of insulation above it. It prioritises venting heat over retaining it, so if you travel more slowly, you may feel the breeze a bit, but it still wicks moisture away efficiently. The collar comes right up to the jawline, while the zip (which runs a long way down the torso) is simple and unfussy, but there’s no chin-guard, in keeping with its lightweight, no frills ethos.

VITAL STATS
Sizes: S-XL
Weight: 123g
Fabric: 100% polyester
Washing needs: Cold, separately
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