REI Active Pursuits Long Sleeve Baselayer Shirt Review

REI Active Pursuits Long Sleeve T-Shirt Review

Specs at a glance

  • Gender: Men’s only
  • Material: Polyester
  • Fit: Semi-fitted, runs large
  • Weight: 7.1 oz (Men’s Large)
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

This Active Pursuits long-sleeve T-shirt is refined but pretty basic. REI positions it as a shirt for trail running and fitness, but it’s also great for hiking and backpacking. It’s thin polyester so it wicks well and dries quickly when wet. I can see through it when I hold it up to the light, which is the unscientific test I use to determine if a synthetic garment will be good at wicking moisture from my skin to a mid-layer pullover or hoodie.

The fabric in this shirt is a fine mesh that provides good wicking capabilities.
The fabric in this shirt is a fine mesh that provides good wicking capabilities. (that’s my kitchen)

This shirt is comfortable to wear with a backpack because it has shoulder seams that are rolled forward to avoid pressure from pack straps. This means that the seams run along the upper chest and upper back but not on top of the shoulders. You see this construction technique more and more in outdoor-oriented clothing because it increases wearer comfort when worn underneath a backpack.

If you do run at night, this shirt also has a vertical reflective strip on the back below the neckline. REI claims that the short is semi-fitted, whatever that means, but I find it drapes like any casual long sleeve shirt. It does run large, however, so may want to bracket your size to figure out what provides the best fit. I originally bought mine in a size XL, but they were so large I dropped to a size Large, which is also quite roomy.

Best Buy: Priced at $30 each and $20 on sale, the Active Pursuits Long Sleeve T-Shirt is a great multi-purpose shirt that can be worn alone but is sheer enough for use as a wicking base layer. I picked up four of these on sale earlier this autumn and can only say good things about them. They’re a good deal for the price.

Disclosure: The author owns this product

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Last updated: 2022-12-15 07:55:30

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