IR - Outdoor Research SoDo Shirt - AB
- IR - Outdoor Research SoDo Shirt - AB
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Received my reply from Outdoor Research so I got this in as soon as I could.
SoDo S/S Shirt
Outdoor Research's wind resistant button-up with sun protection.
Initial Report: July 1, 2010
Tester Biographical Information:
Name: Andrew Buskov
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 223 lbs (101 kg)
City, State Zip Madisonville, Kentucky USA
I've been backpacking for years now, and have slowly started developing my ideal
style. I've gotten my pack weight down to roughly 25 - 30 lbs (11.3 - 13.6 kg) before
water, and am whittling it down every hike. Day hiking is nice, but getting out over
multiple nights is really what I enjoy. I like to take my time and enjoy the scenery
as opposed to hiking hard. I also like being comfortable and insist on an air
mattress. I usually tent or hammock, but stay in shelters when needed.
Item: SoDo Short Sleeve Shirt
Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Listed Weight: 7.9 oz (224 g) : Size Large
Actual Weight: 8.7 oz (248 g) : Size X-Large
(From Manufacturer's documentation & Website)
The Outdoor Research SoDo Short Sleeve shirt is designed with the fashionable hiker in
mind. Touted as the perfect shirt to take on trips when space is limited, it's
wind-resistance and sun protection help keep you cool and protected from the summer
rays while still providing the classy look that transitions easily to a night on the
town. The fabric is breathable and allows heat and humidity to escape easily. It is
designed from lightweight nylon that provides a UPF factor of 30+. There is a relaxed
fit straight hem along with both a zipper and button pocket on the front. A media
pouch is included in the zipper pocket along with a port sewn inside the shirt to
allow headphone cords to pass through.
The outdoor Research SoDo shirt arrived to my door intact, in good shape, and without
any visible defects. As soon as I removed this shirt from its protective plastic bag I
noticed how classy this shirt looked. I've always been one who likes wearing an over
shirt. Even in the middle of summer I still like having something on over my t-shirt
for various reasons. It was easily apparent from the beginning that the design and
construction of the SoDo shirt was going to make this test both fun and comfortable.
After removing the shirt from its packaging and trying it on, it was clear that there
were a number of features to this shirt that needed to be addressed. One of those
features that I noticed immediately was the construction of the buttons. Unlike
traditional buttons that are sewn on with thread, these buttons were designed to have
a piece of ribbon running through them. This allows the buttons to stand off the shirt
a bit thus making it easier to slip them through their corresponding button hole
without the chance of the threads that hold the buttons becoming weak. In my opinion,
this is a wonderful feature as I'm always snagging a button on my pack straps and
having it rip off at the most inopportune times.
On the right hand chest is a zippered Napoleon style pocket. There is a flap of fabric
that covers the zipper so that it's hidden from view. The zipper is plastic with fine
teeth and slides easily even when put in a bind. The pocket is sewn in a peculiar way;
the pocket itself is complete without the exterior wall of the shirt itself. The
interior of the pocket is a soft mesh material. The exterior of the pocket is the same
material that the shirt is made from. It is attached to the seams of the shirt at the
shoulder, along the button side hem, and at the top. This allows the pocket to float
inside the shirt. Also inside this pocket is a media player sleeve. While this will
hold my iPhone 3GS without case, it will not hold my phone when in its OtterBox case.
This isn't too much of a problem for me though as I usually stow my phone in my pants
The pocket on the left side of the shirt is a traditional chest pocket. There is no
mesh and the pocket is entirely composed of the same material as the shirt itself. The
interior side of the pocket is actually the shirt while the exterior of the pocket is
an extra piece of material sewn to the shirt. The one thing that stands out is the
ribbon button design as seen on the front of the shirt. Also on this pocket is a small
OR logo sewn to the top hem.
Along the top of the neckline, there is another piece of mesh material sewn into the
shirt. It appears to keep the shirt off the neck itself allowing for a cooling effect
from the increased airflow. However, on the right hand side of the sewn area is a
small opening into the mesh area. It creates a sort of pouch. I wasn't aware of why
this would be sewn in this way so I contact Outdoor Research for answers. After
examining the SoDo on their end it was determined that the design was due to an OR
logo on the back of the shirt. Had the mesh been sewn to the back of the shirt it
would have been sewn right through the logo.
At the bottom of the shirt on each, side where the front and back material come
together, is a slit that is reinforced by the same ribbon that is used for the
buttons. This helps to strengthen this area and prevent accidental tearing. On one of
the side seams is a tag that includes washing instructions and an additional button
just in case one is lost. However, due to the button design, it appears as if I will
have to remove the entire ribbon to replace the missing button. At the neckline of the
shirt is the usual Outdoor Research sewn tag, a sizing tag, a Made in China tag, and a
loop that is used for hanging. Also screen printed inside the button hole side near
the bottom hem is the text "Designed by Adventure".
In all the quality and construction of this shirt is very good. It is sewn nice and
tight in all areas, appears to have quality materials, and looks quite good. I'm very
pleased with this shirt as it met all expectations that I had when viewing the shirt
on the website. In the past few days I've been able to wear the shirt for roughly 30
minutes and have already found that I am exceptionally comfortable in it. I look
forward to a long and useful testing phase.
This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in approximately two months for
information regarding the Field Report testing phase.
- Hello Andrew,
Nice IR. Try as I might, I could only find 1 minor edit for you. Once it is corrected, feel free to upload. Also, please be sure to delete your test html file.
Thanks, and I'll see you in 2 months!
> At the bottom of the shirt on each, side where the front and back material come together...EDIT: remove the first comma