IR - GOLITE DRIMOVE L/S TOP Kevin H
- Enclosed is the Initial Review for GoLite Drimove L/S top.
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GOLITE DRIMOVE L/S TOP
TEST SERIES BY KEVIN HOLLINGSWORTH
November 01, 2006
NAME: Kevin Hollingsworth
LOCATION: Williamsburg Va. 23185 USA
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
I started backpacking and camping when I was in the Scouts. I spent 20
years in the military, which curtailed my personal outdoors adventures.
I have mostly gone camping and then day-hiking in the surrounding area,
but have been on a few multi-day hiking trips. While day-hiking, I
normally carry a light load, a waist pack with mostly food and water,
with a few other things. On three to four day trips, I will carry a pack
weighing about 45 - 50 lb (21 - 23 kg). I have been hiking in Colorado,
Korea, Egypt, and most recently Shenandoah.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2006
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Weight (Large): 6 oz (170 g)
Note: All measurements are mine (unless otherwise specified)
Weight: 7.4 oz (210.5 g)
Sleeve length (armpit to wrist): 22.5 in (57.2 cm)
Torso length: (armpit to shirt tail): 18.5 in (47.0 cm)
Chest circumference: 46.5 in (118.2 cm)
Size: XL (also comes in sizes S - XXL)
Color: Sable (also comes in Mediterranean Blue, Blaze, and Grass)
Warranty: Lifetime against manufacture defect
MSRP: $30 US
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The GoLite Drimove L/S top is marketed as an all around performance
layer. It is made from a "lite-weight, wicking polyester knit that dries
quickly". Drimove uses the CoconaTM fabric enhancement technology,
which uses activated carbon from coconut shells. CoconaTM absorbs and
transfer moisture from the skin to keep the wearer drier and cooler. It
absorbs a wide range of odors, keeping the wearer smelling fresher
during extended use and through a wide range of conditions. CoconaTM
does not wash out and provides UVA and UVB protection from the sun with
a UPF of +50. It is both natural and environmentally friendly.
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The Drimove L/S is a semi-fitted long sleeve crew neck top with raglan
sleeves. It has flat seams throughout. The sleeves at the wrist are
double stitch. There is the silver reflective GoLite logo on the lower
left sleeve. There is no tag at the collar; rather the product
information is stenciled on the inside. The outside color of the top is
sable and the inside is a darker brown. The recommended washing
instruction are to wash in machine wash cold water, no bleach and either
tumble dry or line dry, with no ironing.
I received the GoLight Drimove L/S top on 31 Oct 06. It was packaged in
a plastic bag, with a product tag attached to the collar. The product
tag lists the tops specification (size, weight, style, and color), tops
key features, GoLite contact information, and the GoLite guarantee. The
GoLite guarantee is:
"GoLite stands behind its products. We will replace any gear with a
manufacturing defect for the lifetime of the product, free of charge. If
a product fails to perform as advertised, return it for a repair,
replacement or refund. Damage due to wear and tear will be repaired at a
reasonable charge to the user. Contact us at any of our offices for
details on how to return a GoLite product and to receive a Return
Authorization Number. Please also register your new GoLite product
online at www.golite.com, tell us what you think, and ENTER TO WIN our
quarterly product give-away drawing!"
The quality of manufacturing seems excellent. All of the seams are flat
with double stitching. I like the raglan sleeves, which I find to give
me a wider range of motion. The material is a polyester knit that
allows the top to stretch with my movements. The material felt a little
"oily" at first touch, sort of the feel of a tissue with lotion in it,
but after the first washing this feeling went away. Being a knit, I have
concerns that the material will snag easily when I brush up against
things or during the washing process.
My chest is 45.3 in (115.0 cm) and my neck is 17.3 in (43.8 cm).
According to GoLite's fitting chart, a large is for a chest measurement
of 41.75 - 45.5 in (106 - 116 cm) and a neck measurement of 16.13 - 17
in (41 - 43 cm). The XL is for a chest measurement of 45.5 - 49.75 in
(116 - 126 cm) and a neck measurement of 17 - 18 in (43 - 46 cm). I was
right on the border between large and XL, so based on my experience, I
picked a XL. The XL fits snugly around my shoulders and chest, without
being uncomfortable. My arm length from my armpit to my wrist is 18.25
in (46.4 cm), so the arm length is fine. It goes just a little past my
wrist. The shirt length is great, just long enough so when I lift my
arms, the shirt doesn't pull out of my pants. After washing the top as
per instructions, the top fits me the same as it did before the washing.
There does not seem to be any shrinkage due to washing.
I will be testing the Drimove for use as a base layer and as the weather
conditions allows alone, or with only an outside jacket.
I am planning on a few hikes in the Shenandoah National Park between now
and Feb 2007. These will be probably day hikes about 7 to 12 mi (11 - 19
km) depending on weather conditions. The altitudes should be around 3000
ft (914 m). I am trying to schedule one extended trip during this
period. In addition, I will be doing a local wooded trail that is
approximately 7 mi (11 km) each month. The weather conditions in the
area at this time of year vary. It is usually wet either drizzling or
raining, with temperature ranging from 20 to 50 F (-7 to 10 C). The
trips to the mountains, I hope will show snow with temperature below 20
F (-7 C). If the trip is only a day trip, I will be hiking light, with a
waist pack or a light daypack, containing food, water, socks, and other
misc. items depending on weather conditions. If it is a multi-day trip,
I will be carrying a pack weighing approximately 45 - 50 lb (21 - 23
kg). I also plan on taking a ski trip during the Jan or Feb time frame.
I will be evaluating the GoLite Drimove L/S top on the following items:
Fit and Comfort
Does the fit well? Is it comfortable to wear? Is it soft and stretchy?
How does it the fit after continuous wear? Does or does not the design
hinder the user's actions and range of motion? How does it feel with and
without a pack?
How is it manufactured? How does it wear? Will it shrink after
washing? If so, how much does it shrink? How durable is it after
multiple washing? How do the colors stand up to multiple washing? How
does it stand up to different terrain and conditions? Does it snap
Does it keep me warm? Does it keep my skin dry? When I sweat, do I feel
wet or does it wick the moisture away from my skin? How will it control
odor? Will the smell be unbearable? How does it perform as a base layer?
How does it perform as by itself? Does it live up to what the company
Upon receiving the GoLite Drimove L/S top, I like the top and GoLite's
quality of workmanship. The top fits me well and is very comfortable. I
do have a concern about the fabric snagging itself during use. I am
looking forward to testing this top out.
I would like to thank BackpackGearTest and GoLite for the opportunity to
test the Drimove L/S top. This completes my Initial Report.
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