IR tasc performance V long sleeve - L Pontious
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tasc Performance V Long Sleeve
Test Series by Lori Pontious
INITIAL REPORT - January 2, 2011
NAME: Lori Pontious
EMAIL: lori.pontious (at) gmail.com
LOCATION: Fresno County, California, USA
HEIGHT: 5'7" (1.7 m)
WEIGHT: 165 lb (75 kg)
I backpacked, camped and fished all over the lower 48 states with my
family as a kid, and then life happened. I restarted these activities
about four years ago - I dayhike or backpack 2-6 times a month. I am
between light and ultralight. I have a hammock system and own a
Tarptent. My base weight depends upon season and where I go.
Manufacturer: thriv NP, inc.
Manufacturer URL: www.tascperformance.com
Listed Weight: not listed
Actual Weight: 5.3 oz (150 g)
Fabric: 55% Organic Cotton, 40% Viscose from Bamboo, 5% Elastane
Color: Sunset Purple
I received my Performance V Long Sleeve (alias the shirt) in mint
condition with no frays, missed stitches, and with tags safety pinned
to a seam. The fabric is soft and feels good against the skin. The
brand and country of origin ("made in India, designed in New
Orleans") is printed on the fabric at the back of the neck; the tag
on the side seam instructs me to "machine wash cold, do not bleach,
tumble dry low, warm iron if desired."
Image courtesy of thrive NP, inc.
The Performance V Long Sleeve is made of 160 GSM performance fabric.
GSM stands for "grams per square meter" and measures the thickness of
the fabric. It is described by tasc as having excellent wicking
ability and "naturally remains odor free." It is also described as
providing UV protection, a feature I appreciate. The shirt is a blend
of cotton, bamboo and elastane. The website describes the shirt
fabric as "drapes like silk and feels like cashmere" - while I
wouldn't go so far as to say it's exactly like cashmere, it does have
a nice drape to it that reminds me of a heavier silk and it is quite
tasc stands for "technical all season comfort." The focus of tasc as
a brand is on light weight, moisture wicking, four way stretch,
breathable, UPF 50+ and comfort.
Upon receiving the shirt, I immediately put it on. The shirt is
comfortable and quite light. There are no places along the seams that
rub uncomfortably - in fact, I don't even feel the seams. The shirt
is advertised on the tasc website as being "not too loose, not too
tight." The dimensions of the shirt appear to be correct and it fits
me as well as it fits the model on the website (despite my slightly-
I wore this shirt under my sweater for a cold New Year's Eve, and was
quite comfortable with it against my skin all day. I am hoping that
it will be as comfortable when I am hiking with it on.
This appears to be a very nice shirt. I can find nothing to dislike
about it so far.
I will be wearing the shirt as a base layer for any winter trips I
take, and as a sun shirt on cool hikes in early spring. My thanks to
thriv NP, inc. and BackpackGearTest for the opportunity to review the
Performance V Long Sleeve. I will be back in May with my Field Report.