At just £20, the Keela ADS 100 Short Sleeve Round Neck Top is such a bargain that you might choose to buy a few, and with such a vast array of colour options you could really go to town with your walking wardrobe. Truth be told, you’ll probably want more than one if you’re going on a multi-day hike – the 100 per cent polyester fabric can really start to pong after a hard, hot day. But in a budget base layer the fabric’s ability to shift moisture is more critical that its ability to remain odour-free. The Active Dispersal System (ADS) material wicks well, demonstrating that Keela has got its priorities right. Because the wicking properties are inherent to the yarn and the weave of the fabric rather than any special coating, it’s not affected by washing either, ensuring this top has a good lifespan.
Material 100% polyester
Colours grey, white, orange, green, blue, black
Weight 158g (size M)
Of the base layers we looked at, the Keela ADS 100 Short Sleeve Round Neck Top is the best budget option.
Review by Ben Weeks
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013