LTR: Micro Stretch Fleece Skivvy Zip Pullover, paul schilke
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Ex Officio Micro Stretch Fleece Skivvy Zip Pullover
Long Term Report, 5/03/05
Name: Paul Schilke
Height: 5 ft 7.5 in (1.7 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
Chest Size: 39.5 in (100 cm)
Neck: 15.5 in (39 cm)
Sleeve: 31.5 in (80 cm)
Email: schilkepaul AT yahoo dot com
Location: Laramie, Wyoming, USA
As a resident of Wyoming, I take day trips at
altitudes ranging from 7,000 ft (2100 m) to 12,000 ft
(3700 m). Except for the severest conditions, I enjoy
hiking in most types of weather. I can only use one
hand, so I prefer gear that is light and fairly easy
to use. I've hiked 350 miles of the North Country
Trail and 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I've
bicycled 50 miles (81 km) to Lake Michigan on back
roads through vineyards and farmlands; and have canoed
through Canyonlands National Park to the confluence of
the Colorado and Green Rivers.
Product and Manufacturer Details
Ex Officio Website: http://www.exofficio.com
Model: Ex Officio Micro Stretch Fleece Skivvy
Stated Weight: 7 oz (198 g)
Actual Weight: 9 oz (255 g)
Material: 96% polyester, 4% spandex
Size: Men's Medium
Year of Manufacture: 2004
* "Moisture wicking with an odor-resistant finish
(Aegis Microbe Shield) to keep you feeling fresh"
* "Flat lock stitching reduces bulk; forward
shoulder seams for comfort"
* "Thumb slot with extended sleeves to make
* Wrinkle Resistant Peach Finish
* Turtle-like neck with zipper that stretches from
the top of the my neck to just below my pectoral
I wore the Fleece Skivvy on about a half dozen
hikes in Medicine Bow National Forest at altitudes
ranging from 7500 ft (2300 m) to 11,000 ft (3350 m).
I�ve worn the same fleece about a dozen times
throughput the duration of testing. It was worn in
the hot winter sun and in the cool of the cloudy
shade. The longest hike on which this thermal base
layer was worn was about four miles (6.4 km). The
coldest temperature was about 25�F (-4�C) and the
warmest was about 50�F (10�C).
Long Term Report
I�ve enjoyed wearing the Fleece Skivvy.
It does a good job of wicking sweat and releasing
moisture to superior layers and/or the atmosphere.
When I first received the shirt I found it to be
relatively stylish when worn under a fleece vest,
something I�d wear to class. However, the shirt is
clingy, as any good base layer should be. I might
feel a bit sheepish if wearing it alone in a
Unfortunately the first turn through the dryer brought
forth the wrinkled lint bunnies common to piling.
This was noticed especially on the collar and the
back. The piling is possibly due to over-drying. I�m
really just starting to understand the effects of
over-drying on synthetic clothing and make the
necessary effort to pull them from the dryer before
they are completely dry.
These days, I�m reluctant to wear the
Skivvy without washing after one day of heavy
sweating. Its not so much that the Skivvy has
developed a horrible stench after one day of use. It
is more that the shirt develops a slight odor. I
guess if I were in the field for extended periods of
time, the stench of the shirt would not bother me, as
it would be masked by the smell of my body.
Unfortunately, I did not wear the Skivvy on any such
trips. Regardless of all that, the Skivvy remains my
favorite thermal base layer. I relish the thought of
reaching for it first before I head out the door for a
day�s experience on the trail.
Recently I wore the Skivvy on a day hike
up Gray�s Rock Trail. The temperature was about 50�F
(10�C) with breezy winds. I was a wearing a
microfleece jacket over the Skivvy that day. As soon
as we started the ascent up the trail I stripped to my
Skivvy layer and unzipped the collar. I was warm the
whole way up but not exactly overheating. When we
reached our destination I hovered momentarily between
warmth and chill before I slipped the top layer back
on. The top layer effectively cut the breezes. I was
warm again as I moved through the stands of Ponderosa
Pine, Douglas Fir and Western Juniper taking
measurements of tree girth, density and core samples
in an effort to decode the traits of this part of the
forest. The Fleece Skivvy was very comfortable to
wear during this activity which involved a lot of
upper-torso movement. After our work was completed
and we headed down the hill, I stripped down to my
Skivvy and found, once again, that it was sufficient
protection from the day�s temperatures and climate
while I was moving at a fast pace.
Oddly enough the men�s Micro Stretch
Fleece Skivvy Zip is no longer listed on the Ex
Officio web site. It was listed when I typed up my
initial report, however by the time I went to type up
my field report, it was not listed. As of today, the
Men�s Skivvy Fleece is still not listed on the
Things I like
* Fit of the turtle-like neck
* Zipper which expands usefulness and comfort of
* Thumb slots
Things I didn't like
* Lint magnet effects of "Peach Finish"
* Some piling on neck and back
I liked the Micro Stretch Fleece Skivvy.
Overall I found that the fit, finish and usefulness
were excellent, even with the piling occurring at the
beginning of the test. However, like many things my
enjoyment also revolves around the cost / benefits
ratio and comparison with equal products. That is
impossible given that the Fleece Skivvy is no longer
listed on the Ex Officio website.
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